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Program Staff: Deborah I. Breth

Area Extension Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Lake Ontario Fruit Program
PO Box 150, 20 S. Main St., Albion, NY 14411
Tel: 585-589-5561
FAX: 716-589-0665


B.S. University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA May, 1975 Major: Biology

M.S. The Pennsylvania State University May, 1986 Major: Plant Pathology

Thesis Topic: The Effect of Lesser Peachtree Borer on the Expansion of Cytospora Canker on Peach Trees.

Major Advisors: Drs. J.W. Travis, Dept. of Plant Pathology, and L. A. Hull, Dept. of Entomology, PSU


1983-85 Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Plant Pathology, PSU

1986-present Area Extension Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Lake Ontario Fruit Program.


Responsible for development and delivery of educational programs in Integrated Pest Management for commercial fruit production. Specialize in scouting protocols, spray application technology, and concentrating efforts in fire blight. Educational programs include pest and disease updates through email, Faxes, and newsletter articles with more in-depth background on control methods. Twilight meetings,  summer tours, and winter schools always provide a forum for showing research results in the field.