fire blight


Definition of fire blight

: a destructive infectious disease especially of apples, pears, and related fruits caused by a bacterium (Erwinia amylovora)

Examples of fire blight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, newer cultivars of flowering crabapple trees are usually resistant to apple scab and fire blight, diseases that disfigure many older trees. Beth Botts,, 19 Sep. 2021 Answer: Put your pear tree on a lean diet to prevent excessive growth that is often affected by a disease known as fire blight. Tom Maccubbin,, 27 Feb. 2021 Pineapple is a popular variety for its quality fruit (better for cooking than fresh eating) and resistance to fire blight, a bacterial disease that causes flowers and leaves at the ends of branches to suddenly turn black as if burned. Dan Gill,, 3 Feb. 2021 George Sundin, a fruit-tree pathologist at Michigan State University, said in 2019, about fire blight, the most recent major threat to apples. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 8 June 2020 The limiting factor on pears is the disease fire blight. Calvin Finch,, 16 Jan. 2020 Rapid regrowth fosters fire blight bacterial infection. Neil Sperry,, 30 Aug. 2019 The 20 or so specimens featured in the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s upcoming Fruits in Decay exhibition suffer from an array of ailments: among others, peach leaf curl, pear scab, gray mold, brown rot, blue mold and fire blight. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, 29 Aug. 2019 We're being warned by the Pacific Northwest Pest Alert Network to watch out for fire blight this spring. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, 26 Apr. 2018

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1742, in the meaning defined above

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“Fire blight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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