SMALL FRUIT NEWS – Vol. 23, No. 4
Published four times annually, Small Fruit News is sponsored by the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium (SRSFC), www.smallfruits.org.
Anaerobic soil disinfestation and endophytic bacterial treatments for disease and yield evaluation in annual hill strawberry plasticulture production system
Anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) is an alternative method for chemical fumigation that shows great promise to control diseases in strawberry production systems. Endophytic bacteria, such as Bacillus spp., are important biocontrol agents due to their capacity to reduce the growth of pathogens such as fungi, bacteria, and nematodes while also promoting plant growth.
Information about the Southeast Strawberry Expo scheduled for November 8-10, 2023 in Charlotte, NC.
Announcement and information for the 2024 NASGA Annual Meeting and Conference to be held in Hershey, PA, on January 29-31, 2024.
Laboratories That Offer Testing for Fungicide Resistance in the Strawberry Grey Mold (Botrytis cinerea) and Anthracnose (Colletotrichum spp.) Pathogens, and for Identifying Aggressive Neopestalotiopsis
This article provides information about labs in the southeastern U.S. that offer tests for fungicide resistance in the strawberry grey mold (Botrytis cinerea) and anthracnose (Colletotrichum spp.) pathogens. It also identifies labs that detect aggressive Neopestalotiopsis using the Kaur et al. (2023) protocol.
Postharvest physiology is key to maintaining the shelf-life of small fruits and reducing food loss. Typically, research deals with the plant and fruit’s response to different technologies and applications that increase quality and delay senescence (decomposition). Fruit quality is a major component of postharvest physiology as it relates to consumer acceptance.
In the past few years, there’s been an increased interest in the use of biostimulants for improved crop production. Biostimulants are materials that can promote plant growth when applied in amounts so small that they do not provide much nutrition.