“Finding the right time and temperature is critical to using this technique,” he says, and describes some of the difficulties in establishing the best parameters.
“We are seeing a lot of positive things from this,” he continues. “But one issue that we have right now is that we cannot heat treat the root system, and our data suggests there is movement of the bacteria from root to the shoot. So we think that over time we lose the effect of this treatment because the bacteria tends to come back and re-infect the tree.”
“Our initial data suggests that February to August is a very good time for heat treatment,” Ehsani says.
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