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fire blight

noun, Plant Pathology
a disease of pears, apples, quinces, etc., characterized by blossom, twig, and fruit blight and stem cankers, caused by a bacterium, Erwinia amylovora.
Origin of fire blight
1740-50; from the burnt look of the foliage Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Likewise, diseases such as fire blight can move from the root sucker to the trunk of the tree and cause significant damage.
  • fire blight is a serious disease of apple and pear trees.
  • Streptomycin is effective if used the day before, or the day of, a fire blight infection period.
  • fire blight, a serious disease of apple and pear trees, limits fruit production in many areas of the world.
  • Don't over fertilize since this could increase sensitivity to the fire blight disease.
  • The fruit is endowed not only with excellent eating quality, but also with resistance to fire blight, a devastating pear disease.
  • Some species of cotoneaster may be more resistant to fire blight than others.
  • Computational identification of candidate genes involved in apple fire blight resistance.
  • They are also difficult to grow, as they are highly susceptible to diseases such as fire blight.
  • Additional important traits include precocity, a healthy and productive tree, and resistance to powdery mildew and fire blight.
British Dictionary definitions for fire blight

fire blight

a disease of apples, pears, and similar fruit trees, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora and characterized by blackening of the blossoms and leaves, and cankers on the branches
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