What is southern blight in apple trees?

Apples August 21, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF

Southern blight is caused by the fungus Sclerotium rolfsii. The disease is a problem primarily in the Piedmont apple-growing region in the southeastern United States. S. rolfsii is a widespread pathogen that affects several hundred plant species. For more information, read this article on Southern Blight in Apple Trees.

Answer provided by Alan R. Biggs, West Virginia University.

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