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Photos: Pallidosis-related decline disease in strawberry

There is no cure for pallidosis-related decline of strawberry disease, yet best management practices (BMPs) exist to reduce the severity of the disease. 

The BMPs include:

  • Utilize good agricultural practices, including regular monitoring, communication, and collaboration between growers and PCAs, to limit the spread of the vector and the pathogens.
  • Use clean transplants;
  • Rotate chemical insecticides with different modes of action for vector control;
  • Alternate with botanical or biopesticides;
  • Conserve natural enemies;
  • Timely control of pest infestations especially in upwind fields;
  • Timely diagnosis of the pest and disease; and a
  • Host-free period to break the disease transmission.

Source: Surendra Dara, University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. 

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