Role of apple leafcurling midge in the spread of fire blight

S.C. Gouk, R.J. Boyd
1999 Proceedings of the New Zealand Plant Protection Conference  
The incidence of apple leafcurling midge (Dasineura mali) (ALCM) infestations in association with fire blight (Erwinia amylovora) was monitored in the 1997-98 season. In two blocks of MM106 apple rootstocks, increased fire blight incidence coincided with severe outbreaks of ALCM. Rain did not occur prior to severe outbreaks of both pests. Trees with no ALCM infestation did not develop fire blight, while 61.7% of those with ALCM infestation subsequently developed fire blight. ALCM damage to
more » ... ALCM damage to leaves predisposed them to fire blight infection. These findings provide the first quantitative evidence that ALCM may be involved in the spread of fire blight.
doi:10.30843/nzpp.1999.52.11600 fatcat:kz64ruc46ncydgk2gecrwmazci