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Okanagan Branch presents Lunch & Learn: Sudden Apple Decline

July 13, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm(PDT/PST)
Okanagan-District 2
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Agriculture and Agrifood Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the BCIA Okanagan Branch will be hosting a number of "Lunch and Learn" virtual sessions on the Second Wednesday of the Month, starting July 13, 2022. 

July 13th Session is on Sudden Apple Decline: 

Sudden apple decline (SAD) is a recent and little understood disorder, associated with wilted leaves and rapid death of apple trees. From 2018-2022, Agriculture and Agri-Canada researchers have investigated potential associations and correlations with the disorder, including symptomology, parentage, cankers, boring insects, in-tree water relations, effects on fruit quality, and associated soil characteristics – among others. This seminar will discuss the role of heat and/or drought stress, compounded by impaired water transport across the graft union, and how it may be a contributing factor to the incidence of SAD in this region.

A Bit About the Presenters: 

Jesse MacDonald, Knowledge and Technology Transfer Specialist
Jesse MacDonald was raised on a 22-acre apple farm in Summerland, BC, where his father also worked as a technician in the cherry and apple breeding program at the local AAFC research centre, and his mother was on the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association board of directors. Jesse attended the University of British Columbia (B.Sc), before completing his graduate degree at Simon Fraser University (Masters of Pest Management). His career with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada began with 10 years as a field
technician with the Pest Management Centre at both Summerland and Agassiz Research and Development Centres. In 2018 began his role as Biologist, Knowledge and
Technology Transfer in Summerland, which allows him to be a part of a wide array of research projects – including pest management, plant physiology, climate adaptation initiatives, and Indigenous collaborations – all of which he greatly enjoys. Jesse is active in various scientific associations, regional and local agricultural associations, and the local community, including as a long-term member of Penticton & District Search & Rescue.

Dr. Kirsten Hannam, Agroecologist
Kirsten Hannam grew up on Vancouver Island, BC, and is still surprised to find herself living nowhere near the ocean. Kirsten completed a M.Sc. in Forest Science at the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. in Soil Science at the University of Alberta. She has worked for the BC Ministry of Forests, for Natural Resources Canada and for UBC-Okanagan. She was hired as an Agroecologist with AAFC in 2018. Her research program has two main objectives:

  • i. to explore the potential of agriculture to help mitigate climate change, e.g., through increased soil carbon storage and reduced greenhouse gas production, and
  • ii. to identify tools to help farmers adapt to climate change and weather extremes.

She is one of the Science Team co-leads for AAFC’s Living Lab program in BC, is co-chair of the Agriculture & Water Committee for the Okanagan Water Stewardship Council and serves on the Steering Committee of BC’s Agricultural Climate Adaptation Research Network.

Join researchers and Industry Experts for our semi-monthly Lunch & Learn Series.  If you are not a Registrant with BCIA, please email seija.laukkanen@bcia.com to register for this session.