As antibiotics ban nears, organic orchards have new tools to fight fire blight, says OSU

Oregon State University researchers have done some digging and as a result have new findings about antibiotic use in orchards. They have found a couple of organic alternatives as opposed to the two antibiotics currently used. It has recently been discovered that the antibiotics currently used create fire blight, a bacterial disease, which can wipe out an entire orchard. “In OSU trials, researchers tested the commercially available Blossom Protect, a yeast that clings to apple blossoms and pears and prevents colonization by fire blight bacteria,” says Daniel Robison, Public Service Communications Specialist for OSU.

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