horticulture

Peter Payette / Interlochen Public Radio

Fruit growers in northern Michigan are battling crop diseases this summer caused by heavy rain and humidity.

Killer viruses could help Michigan cherry farmers

Mar 14, 2019
The smooth, rosy trunk of a cherry tree is marked with big, oozing dead areas, called cankers.
George Sundin / Michigan State University

Bacterial canker is a devastating tree disease that affects sweet cherry orchards around the country. There is currently no good way to treat it, but some Michigan scientists are trying to harness bacteria-killing viruses to control it.

It's a momentous week at the Frederik Meijer Gardens.

Its once-tiny corpse flower is now a strapping plant, reaching several feet high, and it's about to bloom for the very first time.