The decay and fungal succession of apples with bitter rot across a vegetation diversity gradient

  title={The decay and fungal succession of apples with bitter rot across a vegetation diversity gradient},
  author={Phillip L. Martin and William King and Terrence H. Bell and Kari A. Peter},
  journal={Phytobiomes Journal},
Bitter rot is a disease of apple caused by fungi in the genus Colletotrichum. Management begins with removal of infected twigs and fruits from tree canopies to reduce overwintering inoculum. Infected apples are usually tossed to the orchard floor, which is generally managed as herbicide-treated weed-free tree rows, separated by grass drive rows. We monitored decay rates and succession of fungi of apples with bitter rot in tree canopies, and on the soil surface in tree rows, grass drive rows… 

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