Hi Dan! > The best we have so far is that it was so dry during bloom in most areas > that even though epiphytic populations of bacteria were tremendous, they > never got washed into flowers to cause infection. Another possibility is that > the extremely dry weather suppressed bacterial growth, something not taken > into account in the models.
The first hypothesis would be my guest. I don’t think bacteria would be inhibited to grow on stigma in dry weather. But high epiphytic populations and no infection trigger are not rare. Vincent _______________________________________________ apple-crop mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://virtualorchard.net/mailman/listinfo/apple-crop