Field trial of trunk injection for biological control of kiwifruit bacterial canker

Field trial of trunk injection for biological control of kiwifruit bacterial canker

Kiwifruit production is threatened by bacterial canker, caused by Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae. The new frontier to combat this severe disease is represented by phage therapy. Viroplant researchers are setting up methods to inject phage suspensions into the trunk of infected kiwifruit plants.

The first field trial in Italy was done in April in Borgo d’Ale (Piedmont). After the injection, the movement and the persistence of the phage in the whole plant is under monitoring.



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