Photo by Loy Elliott

KEEPING FRUIT HEALTHY

Fruit growers are constantly encountering new invasive species and disease that threaten the health of the numerous orchards that dot the South Mountain area. David Biddinger (PSU Fruit Research and Extension Center) highlighted the brown marmorated stink bug as an invasive species that has recently caused considerable crop losses within the South Mountain Fruit Belt. The emergence of this and other invasive species has coincided with significant declines in native pollinator populations. Biddinger explored how scientists, researchers, and growers are working together to combat these threats to the South Mountain Fruit Belt.

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