Western U.S. Prepares For Plum Pox

The University of California (UC)-Davis Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center is organizing a two-day international meeting, Understanding and Preparing for the Threat of Plum Pox Virus Spreading to California and the Western States, to address a new threat to the Western U.S. stone fruit industry, Plum Pox Virus.

(Photo Credit: David Eddy)
(Photo Credit: David Eddy)

The meeting will be held in Giedt Hall at UC-Davis on Sept. 29-30, 2014. Visit the Fruit and Nut Center website for information and online registration.

Plum Pox Virus (PPV), also known as sharka, is an exotic invasive pathogen spread by aphids, which infects Prunus tree crops including plum, prune, cherry, almond, peach and apricot. The virus compromises tree health, causes premature fruit drop and reduces fruit quality. Infected fruit is not suitable for fresh market and most processed products.

PPV was identified in Europe in the early 20th century, and has rapidly spread worldwide since the late 1980s, likely due to the globalization of trade and travel. PPV is now present in all major fruit growing countries except the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

To date, there are six separate strains of PPV. Strain D is the only one found in North America. The central valleys of California are particularly vulnerable to this threat because of the high concentration of Prunus crops, and a lack of geographical barriers to the spread of the disease by insects.

The upcoming meeting is open to all members of the stone fruit industry interested in learning more about the threat posed by PPV, and the development of measures to manage the disease in California.

(Photo Credit: David Eddy)
(Photo Credit: David Eddy)

The goals of this meeting include:
• Update on the status and spread of PPV worldwide.
• Exchange ideas for strategies to be used in the event that PPV is introduced in the Western U.S.
• Promote awareness of educational and extension tools to provide information about the threat of PPV and its potential spread in the U.S.
• Identify research programs that could minimize the threat of PPV to the US stone fruit industry.
• Develop a response plan for PPV outbreak in California.
• Explore funding opportunities to support projects and actions identified during the conference.

For more information, contact registration coordinator Penny Stockdale ([email protected], 530-752-7672), or the associate director of the Fruit and Nut Center, Brooke Jacobs ([email protected], 530-754-9708).

Topics: , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fruits Stories
Apples & Pears
April 24, 2017
Researcher Uncovers the Origins of ‘Honeycrisp’ Apple
Thanks to the scientific data available through gene sequencing, a graduate student unlocks the mystery parentage. Read More
Citrus
April 23, 2017
Bio Huma Netics, Inc., and Mesa Verde Resources Expand Product Selection
Strategic alliance between the two companies is designed to offer customers greater access to products. Read More
Washington Capitol building
Citrus
April 21, 2017
Alliance Stepping Up Efforts to Protect Specialty Crops
The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance has kicked off its efforts to communicate to Congress its priority needs for the Read More
Apples & Pears
April 21, 2017
Interpera Congress Heads to Pacific Northwest in June
International pear conference comes to the U.S. for the first time. Read More
glass of red wine
Grapes
April 20, 2017
Would You Be Willing to Pay More for Organic Wine?
While consumers might be ready to fork over more for organic produce, study says the feeling isn't quite the same when it comes to the adult beverage. Read More
UF/IFAS scientist Jonathan Crane inspects avocado trees in South Florida
Crop Protection
April 20, 2017
Beetle Battle Burgeoning for South Florida Avocado Growers
Scientists identify more species of pests that vector deadly fungus. Read More
farm labor pic for web
Citrus
April 20, 2017
Farm Labor Is in Crisis
To have a great crop potentially rot in the field because workers can’t be sourced is probably worse than a weather event taking out production. Read More
Grapes
April 19, 2017
Donnell Brown Named President of National Grape & Wine Initiative
New president brings experience in wine industry communications. Read More
Apples & Pears
April 19, 2017
Young Apple Growers Meet with Lawmakers
Apple leaders from across the country discuss ag issues such as labor, trade, and research. Read More
Barnes Farm cabbage field in Hastings, FL
Citrus
April 18, 2017
Florida Growers Seeking Inspiration Need Not Look Far
The firsthand experience of speaking with farmers and actually seeing all the hard work, knowledge, ingenuity, and people behind where our food comes from is invaluable. Read More
Farm Management
April 18, 2017
Survey Says New York Growers Lost More than 70% of Crop Last Year
Growers say they suffered more than 50% crop losses in Western New York. Read More
Apples & Pears
April 18, 2017
Researchers Say it is Time to Scout for Apple Diseases
With bloom underway, the risk for fire blight and scab are high. Read More
Fruits
April 17, 2017
How Fruit Growers Use Biocontrols [Infographic]
The editors at American Fruit Grower and Western Fruit Grower were curious about how biocontrols are impacting the industry. So we took a look at our 2017 State of the Fruit Industry Survey to see what patterns are emerging. Here's what we learned. Read More
drought management; irrigation; water management
Citrus
April 17, 2017
Florida Flush with Water Shortage Warnings
Conservation practices preached throughout the state as exceptionally dry pattern persists.  Read More
Citrus
April 17, 2017
Natural Enemies for Asian Citrus Psyllid
The eventual spread of Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening, to commercial groves in California seems inevitable. But the devastation seen Read More
The Latest
Citrus
April 24, 2017
Who Will Be Florida’s next Woman of the …
Nomination period now open for longstanding recognition from FDACS. Read More
Citrus
April 23, 2017
Bio Huma Netics, Inc., and Mesa Verde Re…
Strategic alliance between the two companies is designed to offer customers greater access to products. Read More
Citrus
April 21, 2017
Alliance Stepping Up Efforts to Protect …
The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance has kicked off its efforts to communicate to Congress its priority needs for the Read More
Crop Protection
April 20, 2017
Beetle Battle Burgeoning for South Flori…
Scientists identify more species of pests that vector deadly fungus. Read More
Citrus
April 20, 2017
Farm Labor Is in Crisis
To have a great crop potentially rot in the field because workers can’t be sourced is probably worse than a weather event taking out production. Read More
Citrus
April 18, 2017
Florida Growers Seeking Inspiration Need…
The firsthand experience of speaking with farmers and actually seeing all the hard work, knowledge, ingenuity, and people behind where our food comes from is invaluable. Read More
Farm Management
April 18, 2017
Survey Says New York Growers Lost More t…
Growers say they suffered more than 50% crop losses in Western New York. Read More
Fruits
April 17, 2017
How Fruit Growers Use Biocontrols [Infog…
The editors at American Fruit Grower and Western Fruit Grower were curious about how biocontrols are impacting the industry. So we took a look at our 2017 State of the Fruit Industry Survey to see what patterns are emerging. Here's what we learned. Read More
Citrus
April 17, 2017
Florida Flush with Water Shortage Warnin…
Conservation practices preached throughout the state as exceptionally dry pattern persists.  Read More
Citrus
April 17, 2017
Natural Enemies for Asian Citrus Psyllid
The eventual spread of Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening, to commercial groves in California seems inevitable. But the devastation seen Read More
Citrus
April 14, 2017
How Florida Growers Are Agritaining and …
Come one, come all — big and small — there are multiple ways to benefit from Agritourism. Read More
Farm Management
April 12, 2017
How California’s No-Drought Status…
Find out which previous orders are rescinded as a result of the drought being declared over — and which ones are not. Read More
Fruits
April 12, 2017
An Organic Showcase Debuts at the 2017 U…
The Expo will feature more than 40 "innovative organic products." Read More
Citrus
April 10, 2017
BASF Licenses CRISPR-Cas9 Technology for…
Genome-editing from Broad Institute has potential to be a more precise tool to improve ag products. Read More
Citrus
April 6, 2017
Mild or Wild? Here Is Your 2017 Atlantic…
Possible return of El Niño climate phase could sap strength out of any stormy scenarios. Read More
Citrus
April 5, 2017
Chlorpyrifos’ Ban Reversed: Resear…
Last week, EPA declined to ban the pesticide, which had been recommended for removal during the Obama administration. Read More
Equipment
April 4, 2017
What’s New in Tractors for Vegetab…
Take a look at these new models and retrofit opitons ideal for specialty crop growing. Read More
Citrus
March 31, 2017
FMC to Acquire Portion of DuPont Crop Pr…
Deal makes FMC the fifth largest agriculture chemical company, valued at $3.8 billion annually. Read More