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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Identification and Control of Blossom and Fruit Diseases of Blueberries

item Smith, Barbara

Submitted to: Blueberry Seminar Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: March 1, 1999
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Diseases of rabbiteye blueberry in the Gulf South can sometimes result in major crop losses or plant death. This paper lists important blueberry diseases that occur in the southeastern United States. Disease symptoms and both cultural and chemical control strategies are given for several important disease including phytophthora root rot, stem blight and mummy berry. This information directly benefits blueberry growers in the southeastern U.S., extension agents and research scientists.

Technical Abstract: Rabbiteye blueberries in the Gulf South are relatively disease free, and most growers do not apply fungicidal sprays to produce a crop. However, some diseases have become a problem including phytophthora root rot, stem blight, mummy berry, botrytis blight, ripe rot and phomopsis blight. A combination of cultural and chemical control measures are usually necessary to control these diseases. Major symptoms and control strategies for these and other diseases are given in this paper.

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