Managing A Pest


To investigate alternative methods for controlling a plant disease.


Peaches infected with Plum Pox Virus

The Story

The U.S. Department of Agriculture may declare an emergency in response to the first recognized North American outbreak of a dreaded fruit-tree virus. The disease is Plum Pox. It is caused by an invasive species that attacks stone fruits--not only plums, but peaches, apricots, and other stone fruits too.

As a pest-management expert, you know that there is more than one way to approach a pest management problem. Because of your expertise, you have been asked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to select the best approach to managing this deadly disease.


First, read A Pox on Your Your Peaches or the Wikipedia Article about Plum Pox to learn how the Plum Pox virus spreads from tree to tree. Then click on each of the methods for managing this pest. Carefully read each method, then select the one that you believe will do the best job of controlling the Plum Pox virus.
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Address a 3" x 5" card to Cheryle Blakely at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Her address is:
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Riverdale, MD
Attention: Cheryle Blakely
Be sure to place your return address in the upper left-hand corner.
Now, on the other side of the 3" x 5" card give your recommendation for the best way to manage the Plum Pox virus. Use your best handwriting, and be sure to explain the reason for your choice.
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This activity is based on the work of the Integrated Pest Management Program, Pennsylvania State University.

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