ARS has developed the first plum that has
resistance to plum pox disease.
Appalachian Fruit Research Station, Kearneysville, West Virginia
Scope of work under Recovery Act
Repairing critical deferred maintenance including replacing Air
Distribution System and recoating of the location water tower to prevent
structural deterioration and negative impact on location water supply.
June 2010 - A construction contract for $365,290 was awarded to replace the
multi-zone air handling duct system.
September 2010 - Construction contract awarded for $197,000 to repair the water tower.
Research at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station
The Appalachian Fruit Research Station develops new berry, apple, pear,
plum, and other fruit varieties that are more resistant to diseases.. For
instance, the laboratory developed a new variety of plum trees (HoneySweet)
that is resistant to the devastating plum pox virus, which will allow the U.S.
plum industry to survive if plum pox disease becomes endemic.
The Station also develops ways to maximize the productivity and quality of
fruit crops, and minimize any adverse effects on the environment, which ensures
a stable and cost-efficient supply of safe and nutritious fruits to American