Friday, January 30, 2015
The small town of Moraga in Contra Costa County, has always been known for its delicious pears, particularly the Bartlett variant; so it’s not surprising that the town took the news of a regional ‘fire blight’ infestation last October very seriously. To curb the disease, citizens asked for volunteers to help with the pruning. The San Jose Mercury News explains how this bacterial disease reached Moraga’s local pear industry.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The Council is expected to meet again sometime soon regarding the protected status of the Bay Laurel tree. This species of trees is vulnerable to an oak killer known as the anthracnose fungus, identifiable by the growth of brown or black tarlike spots on leaves. It thrives on moist climate, which the Bay Area's maritime geographic position provides.