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Kerik Cox identifying strawberry diseases
Kerik Cox identifying strawberry diseases

The Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology supports the small fruit industry in New York by:

  • working with regional Cornell Cooperative Extension and the New York Berry Growers Association to improve the sustainability of the berry industries and to develop educational programming.
  • participating in field visits, providing disease diagnoses to berry growers, and helping them develop the best management plans for conventional and organic operations.
  • hosting workshops and field days to share cutting edge research and disease management practices with berry crop stakeholders.
  • providing larger statewide services for emerging diseases of concern, including:
    • the blueberry virus survey. Faculty members: Kerik Cox, Marc Fuchs 
    • the blueberry canker survey. Faculty member: Julie Carroll
    • the blister rust immunity break down product and dieback survey for Ribes crops. Faculty member: Kerik Cox

Department faculty may be contacted to provide support or answer specific questions about berry crops.