Apricot Diseases & Disorders
Brown rot of blossom/fruit and twig blight (Monilinia laxa and M. fructicola) are the most serious diseases affecting California apricots, and can result in substantial losses in years with warm wet weather during bloom time (Norton and Coates 2012, Ledbetter 2008). Other diseases that commonly affect apricot cultivars in California include shot hole disease (Wilsonomyces carpophilus), jacket rot (Botrytis cinerea, Sclerotinia sclerotorum,), bacterial canker (Pseudomonas syringae), and Eutypa dieback disease (Eutypa lata) (UC IPM 2012). Common rootstock diseases in apricot include Armillaria root rot (Armillaria mellea), Phytophthora root and crown disease, and crown gall disease (Agrobacterium tumefaciens) (Norton and Coates 2012, UC IPM 2012). The prevalence of individual diseases varies with annual and regional variation in climate and soil type.
For detailed information: UC Statwide IPM Program: How to Manage Pests: Apricot
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