New organic restrictions mean challenges for apple growers

For apple growers, there are many diseases that can impact the quality of a crop and the health of an orchard. One of the toughest adversaries of all is a contagious, bacterial pathogen that can wipe out entire orchards in a single season: fire blight. Fire blight is particularly destructive as it can damage trees directly, not just the fruit. The symptom list is long and grim, and includes leaves turning black (pictured), “scorched” appearance, cankers and dark, shriveled fruit. Obviously, growers need access to effective tools to combat this menace, and even organic growers have relied on antibiotic sprays
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Why start with nonbrowning apples?

At Okanagan Specialty Fruits, one of the most common questions we get is, “What made you choose nonbrowning apples as your first product?” As with most crops, there are plenty of pests that can make life very difficult for apple growers, such as fire blight and apple scab, and the majority of biotech crops to date have focused on what we call input or agronomic traits, which assist in the production of the crop. While we’re also working on solutions to some of the challenges faced by our fellow orchardists, we believe the potential impact of Arctic® apples is just
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