Verticillium wilt of olive

Verticillium wilt of olive

Francisco Javier López-Escudero & Jesús Mercado-Blanco | View Article Olive (Olea europaea L.) is one of the first domesticated and cultivated tree species and has historical, social and economical relevance. However, its future as a strategic commodity in Mediterranean agriculture is threatened by diverse biotic (traditional and new/emerging pests and diseases) and abiotic (erosion, climate change) menaces. These problems could also be of relevance for new geographical areas where olive cultivation is not traditional but is increasingly spreading (i.e., South America, Australia, etc). One of the major constraints for olive cultivation is Verticillium wilt, a vascular disease caused by the soil-borne fungus Verticillium dahliae Kleb. In this review we describe how Verticillium wilt of olive (VWO) has become a major problem for olive cultivation during the last two...
The influence of pruning methods on insect and disease control

The influence of pruning methods on insect and disease control

Vera Sergeeva and Michael Thomsett | View Article Insect pests and diseases in the olive grove have significant impacts on production and overall tree health, which if not managed with sound horticultural practices can result in significant economic loss to the grower. Olive trees are susceptible to a wide range of pests and diseases, including black scale, olive lace bug, peacock spot, cercosporiose and...