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Emphasizing Tree Health

and thereby Resisting Disease

REVISE: Understanding the annual cycles of a given disease is integral to reducing crop loss, just as with insect pests. Controlling the first round of fungal infection eliminates the need to worry about secondary infection with scab and powdery mildew. Preventative thinking relies foremost on orchard sanitation. Elemental fungicides are one way to protect trees from blown-in inoculum when favorable conditions make infection likely. Holistic approaches include fostering a competitive fungal environment as well as stimulating the tree’s 'immune system' with plant medicines. We need to fully understand the mode of action of any treatment used if we’re to apply it effectively and in the least harmful manner. Our actions (and reactions) always bear upon the balance of life forces at play in the orchard ecosystem.

 

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Green Immune Function

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Fungal disease per se is not some sort of manifest destiny that happens to apple trees.
Michael Phillips
 

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Competitive Colonization

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SPECIFY ANEW: Disease resistance ties to same plant metabolism that insects...

Every fruit grower has worthy contributions to make to these pages. . . so please contact Michael about your own orcharding research experiences, novel ideas, and success stories.

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