New Problems on Parsley Studied by UC Researchers

Recently, California parsley plants have been experiencing unfamiliar diseases. Parsley growers do not have the resources to address these issues, so the UC Cooperative Extension in Monterey stepped in to help. Through collaborations with farmers and pest control specialists they obtained samples and began experiments. The lab was able to identify several pathogens that were responsible for the damage to parsley crops. With the help of the USDA, researchers characterized the discovered pathogens. Bacterial leaf spot, Stemphylium leaf spot, and Apium virus Y disease were all found in the California parsley. These findings will help growers to manage field problems in the future. The UC Cooperative Extension was able to help parsley growers farm smarter while stopping the use of ineffective chemicals and saving costs on proper prevention and treatments.

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