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Pears and Fireblight

erwinia amylovora on pear (image : Ninjatacoshell)

No demon could ever conjure up a worse fate for the pear grower than that manifested in the fireblight bacterium. Erwinia amylovora. It nearly sounds like the latin words a midieval priest might give such a sordid beast.

Fireblight can affect a host of species, including amelanchiers, hawthorns, apples, but pears so often seem the worst molested. There is no cure for the infected area once it is attacked, the protocol is to cut off or cut out the infection  and then some. It is a more successful strategy to keep it from occurring in the first place. Following are several strategies to lessen your chances of encountering this unwanted visitor. More to come…