They have a dog they use to detect foul brood by smell in shipments of 
beehives. Bet anything you could teach a dog to find firelight easily...if you 
knew anything about dog training. I for one am very proud to have accomplished 
"sit" and "lie down" with mine, so I doubt there is a FB sniffing dog in my 

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-------- Original message --------
From: Vincent Philion <>
Date: 08/19/2015 8:55 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: Apple-Crop <>
Subject: Re: [apple-crop] Copper and Dogs

Hi! Even if the smell was detectable ahead of visible symptoms, it would only 
happen after infection occurred. At that point, no spraying is possible. So I 
don’t see how smell would be useful (?) The only management option after 
infection is pruning out, which can’t be done by smell ;-)

> Also as everybody knows the sickly sweet smell that FB has, Can a dog be 
> trained to alert on FB before its even apparent to us humans?

The whole point of predicting infection (via computers or otherwise) is to help 
make appropriate spraying decisions, ahead of infection.


Vincent Philion, agr., M.Sc.
Microbiologiste/Phytopathologiste (pomiculture)

Institut de recherche et de développement en agro-environnement
Research and Development Institute for the Agri-Environment<>

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Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville (Québec)  J3V 0G7

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