Are Strawberries Going Away?


Strawberries are sweet, juicy, and delightful. Unfortunately, they’re also attractive bait for a litany of pests and diseases. In 2016, an expiring federal pesticide exemption could mean the end of strawberries as we know them. In this Speaking of Chemistry video, Sophia Cai explains the problem and some possible solutions.

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Strawberries In Peril Because Of Fumigant Phaseout
Volume 93 Issue 23 | pp. 18-19
Issue Date: June 8, 2015

Alternatives to Methyl Bromide: A Florida Perspective
APS 2005, DOI: 10.1094/APSnetFeature/2005-0605

A Pest Management Strategic Plan for Strawberry Production in California
The California Strawberry Commission (CSC) & The California Minor Crops Council (CMCC)

University of California Plant Breeding Center

Tomato Diseases On The Rise In Absence Of Methyl Bromide
Posted By: Paul Rusnak, Growing Produce | February 1, 2014

Soil Fumigants Website
Chloropicrin Manufacturers’ Task Force, Methyl Bromide Industry Panel, and Metam Task Force

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