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Reduced-Risk Strategy for Fire Blight Management

The Canadian Horticultural Council's Apple Working Group identified fire blight as a priority issue to be dealt with through Pesticide Risk Reduction (PRR).

Initially, funding was provided by PRR for a literature search and the writing of a review. The review included information on how the disease is controlled throughout the world along with lists of products registered for the control of fire blight in countries around the world. Following the completion of the literature review in February, 2005, a workgroup was established to develop a strategy to implement reduced risk solutions to the problem.

The actions taken (outlined below) have resulted in growers’ adoption of an integrated fire blight management system, incorporating new tools and a sustainable approach to the use of streptomycin.

Actions taken to meet the goals set by the group include the following:

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