Fire blight is a devastating disease in the apple and pear industry, plaguing trees throughout the world. In the United States, the disease causes an annual loss of $200 million. This project will include researchers from departments across the University of Illinois campus, as well as from across the country.
Kim and Choi will develop controlled delivery of biocontrol agents (i.e., bacterial antagonists) and chemical agents that are most effective in dealing with the bacterial disease using nano/microtechnology. The chemical and biocontrol agents are being developed by other co-principal investigators.