Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Elizabeth J Fichtner

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Farm Advisor
Cooperative Extension Tulare County
4437-B S. Laspina St.
Tulare, CA 93274
(559) 684-3310
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Education

Ph.D. Plant Pathology and Soil Science, North Carolina State University. 2003
M.S. Plant Pathology and Soil Science, North Carolina State University. 2000
B.S. Plant Science, Cornell University. 1997

Specialty

Orchard Systems

Areas of Expertise (click to see all ANR academics with this expertise)

Bibliography

Peer Reviewed

  • Chen, S.; Fichtner, E., et al. (2013). "First Report of Lasiodiplodia citricola and Neoscytalidium dimidiatum Causing Death of Graft Union of English Walnut in California." Plant Disease 97: 993.
  • Chen, S.; Fichtner, W., et al. (2013). "First Report of Lasiodiplodia citricola and Neoscytalidium dimidiatum Causing Death of Graft Union of English Walnut in California." Plant Disease 97: 993.
  • Fichtner, E.; Johnson, M. (2012). Black Scale. Pest Note.
  • Fichtner, E.; Rizzo, D., et al. (2012). "Infectivity and sporulation of Phytophthora kernoviae to select North American native plants." Plant Pathology 61: 224-233.
  • Davidson, J.; Patterson, H., et al. (2011). "Forest type influences transmission of Phytophthora ramorum in California oak woodlands." Phytopathology 101: 492-501.
  • Fichtner, E. (2011). Olive Knot. Pest Note.
  • Fichtner, E. (2011). Olive Knot. Pest Note.
  • Fichtner, E.; Rizzo, D., et al. (2011). "Root infections may challenge management of invasive Phytophthora species in UK woodlands." Plant Disease 95: 13-18.
  • Swiecki, T.; Bernhardt, E., et al. (2011). The exotic plant pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi: A major threat to rare Arctostaphylos and much more. California Native Plant Society Conservation Conference,
  • Tjosvold, S.; Chambers, D., et al. (2009). "Disease risk of soil infested with Phytophthora ramorum under nursery conditions." Plant Disease 93: 371-376.
  • Fichtner, E.; Lynch, S., et al. (2009). "Survival, dispersal, and soil-mediated suppression of Phytophthora ramorum in a California redwood-tanoak forest." Phytopathology 99: 608-619.
  • Fichtner, E.; Lynch, S., et al. (2007). "Detection, distribution, survival, and sporulation of Phytophthora ramorum in a California redwood-tanoak forest soil." Phytopathology 97: 1366-1375.
  • Rizzo, D.; Fichtner, E. (2007). Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems of the Americas. Fourth Workshop of IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) Working Party on Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems, Monterey, CA,
  • Fichtner, E.; Rizzo, D., et al. (2007). Survival and chlamydospore production of Phytophthora ramorum in California bay laurel leaves. Fourth Workshop of IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) Working Party on Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems, Monterey, CA,
  • Shew, H.; Fichtner, E., et al. (2006). Aluminum: Soil Chemistry, Rhizotoxicity, and Pathogen Inhibition. Mineral Nutrition and Plant Disease. APS Press.
  • Fichtner, E.; Hesterberg, D., et al. (2006). "Differential sensitivity of Thielaviopsis basicola and Phytophthora parasitica to monomeric aluminum species." Phytopathology 96: 212-220.
  • Fichtner, E.; Benson, D., et al. (2004). "Incorporation of abiotic and biological suppression of Phytophthora parasitica into a horticultural medium containing composted swine waste." Phytopathology 94: 780-788.
  • Fichtner, E.; Lynch, S., et al. (2004). Survival of Phytophthora ramorum in infected leaf tissue at the soil surface in a tanoak-redwood forest. Third Workshop of IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) Working Party 7.02.09 on Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems, Freising, Germany,
  • Fichtner, E.; Hesterberg, D., et al. (2001). "Chemical and physical suppression of Phytophthora parasitica in peat containing organically complexed aluminum." Phytopathology 91: 1092-1097.

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • Fichtner, E.; Lovatt, C. (2014). Advances in mitigation of alternate bearing of olive: vegetative growth response to plant growth regulators. Olive Extension Newsletter.
  • Fichtner, E.; Kasun, G., et al. (2014). Dynamics of Pseudomonas savastanoi populations in galls and on leaves of olive in California. American Phytopathological Society, Minneapolis, MN,
  • Fichtner, E. (2014). Emerging diseases threaten walnuts. Western Fruit Grower.
  • Fichtner, E.; Seybold, S. (2014). Monitoring walnut twig beetle activity in the southern San Joaquin Valley During: October 2012-December 2014. Walnut Research Reports.
  • Burks, C.; Fichtner, E., et al. (2014). Navel orangeworm in walnuts: monitoring and management. Walnut Research Reports.
  • Fichtner, E.; Lightle, D., et al. (2014). Olive "quick decline" in Italy is associated with Xylella fastidiosa, a plant pathogenic bacterium also associated with California olives. CAPCA Advisor.
  • Fichtner, E.; Lightle, D. (2014). Olive "Quick Decline" in southern Italy may be associated with pathogen common in California. West Coast Olive Grower Guide.
  • Fichtner, E.; Lightle, D., et al. (2014). Olive "Quick Decline" in southern Italy may be associated with pathogen common to California. Topics in Subtropics Blog and Newsletter.
  • Fichtner, E.; Lovatt, C. (2013). Advances in mitigation of alternate bearing of olive: vegetative growth response to plant growth regulators. Topics in Subtropics Newsletter and Blog.
  • Fichtner, E.; Lovatt, C. (2013). Advances in mitigation of alternate bearing of olive: vegetative growth response to plant growth regulators. West Coast Olive Guide.
  • Fichtner, E. (2013). Innovative progress on the mechanical harvest of California table olives. UC Delivers.
  • Fichtner, E.; Browne, G., et al. (2013). Lethal paradox canker continues to emerge in southern San Joaquin Valley orchards. West Coast Nut Guide.
  • Fichtner, E.; Browne, G., et al. (2013). Lethal paradox canker continues to emerge in southern San Joaquin Valley orchards. Nut Extension Newsletter.
  • Burks, C.; Fichtner, E., et al. (2013). Navel orangeworm in southern central valley walnuts: source, seasonal abundance, and impact of mating disruption. Walnut Research Reports.
  • Fichtner, E.; Lovatt, C. (2013). Olive tree phenology: The relationship of fruit load to vegetative growth and return bloom. Topics in Subtropics Newsletter and Blog.
  • Fichtner, E. (2013). Thousand Caners Disease Now in three east coast states. West Coast Nut Guide.
  • Hanson, B.; Watkins, S., et al. (2013). Walnut weed control research and extension: herbicide efficacy, crop safety, and glyphosate-resistant weed management in Central Valley walnut orchards (13CWB11). Walnut Research Reports.
  • Fichtner, E.; Wilson, K., et al. (2013). Woodpiles are reservoir for walnut twig beetle. West Coast Nut Guide.
  • Fichtner, E.; Wilson, K., et al. (2013). Woodpiles are reservoir for walnut twig beetle. Nut Extension Newsletter.
  • Fichtner, E.; Krueger, W. (2012). A large olive crop may benefit from chemical thinning. West Coast Olive Guide.
  • Fichtner, E.; Krueger, W. (2012). A large olive crop may benefit from chemical thinning. Olive Extension Newsletter.
  • Ferguson, L.; Wilson, K., et al. (2012). Alternate bearing in olive. West Coast Olive Guide.
  • Elkins, R.; Fichtner, E. (2012). Causes and control of lime-induced Fe deficiency in California fruit and nut crops. CAPCA (California Association of Pest Control Advisers) Advisor.
  • Fichtner, E.; Krueger, W. (2012). Chemical thinning of olives. Subtropics Extension Newsletter.
  • Ferguson, L.; Miles, J., et al. (2012). Developing mechanical harvesting for California black ripe table olives. West Coast Olive Guide.
  • Browne, G.; Bhat, R., et al. (2012). Etiology and management of crown and root rots of walnut. Walnut Research Reports.
  • Krueger, W.; Niederholzer, F., et al. (2012). Investigation of pruning strategies for dried plums including hand, mechanical, and combinations. X International Symposium Plum and Prune Genetics, Breeding, and Pomology, Davis, CA,
  • Fichtner, E.; Elkins, R. (2012). Lime-Induced Iron Chlorosis: A Problem in Prunes and Other Fruit and Nut Crops. Prune Extension Newsletter.
  • Fichtner, E.; Elkins, R. (2012). Lime-induced Iron Chlorosis: a nutritional challenge in the culture of several subtropical perennial crops in California. Subtropics Extension Newsletter.
  • Michailides, T.; Chen, S., et al. (2012). Managing anthracnose blight and Botryosphaeria and Phomopsis cankers of walnut, Part 1: Botryosphaeriaceae and Phomopsis cankers of walnut. Walnut Research Reports.
  • Fichtner, E. (2012). Maximizing Canopy Light Interception Increases Yield in Prune Orchards. Prune Extension Newsletter.
  • Ferguson, L.; Miles, J., et al. (2012). Mechanical harvesting of table olives: California and Spain. VII International Symposium on Olive Growing, Argentina,
  • Fichtner, E. (2012). Mechanical Pruning of Tulare County Dried Plums. California Dried Plum Board Research Reports.
  • Fichtner, E. (2012). Monitoring walnut twig beetle activity in the southern San Joaquin Valley: October 2011-October 2012. Walnut Research Reports.
  • Burks, C.; Fichtner, E., et al. (2012). Navel orangeworm in southern central valley walnuts: source, seasonal abundance, and impact of mating disruption. Walnut Research Reports.
  • Fichtner, E. (2012). Olive Bloom and Pollination. Olive Extension Newsletter.
  • Fichtner, E.; Lovatt, C. (2012). Research Advances on Mitigation of Alternate Bearing in Olive. Topics in Subtropics Newsletter and Blog.
  • Fichtner, E.; Wilson, K., et al. (2012). Research advances on the application of pheromone mating disruption for management of Navel Orangeworm on walnut. Nut Extension Newsletter.
  • Fichtner, E.; Wilson, K., et al. (2012). Research advances on the application of pheromone mating disruption for management of Navel Orangeworm on walnutThousand Caners Disease Now in three east coast states. West Coast Nut Guide.
  • Lee, S.; Sirimuangmoon, C., et al. (2012). Sensory characteristics and consumer acceptance of mechanically (canopy-contact harvester) harvested California black ripe olives. International Symposium on Mechanical Harvesting and Handling Systems of Fruits and Nuts, Lake Alfred, Florida,
  • Fichtner, E. (2012). Thousand cankers disease attacks commercial walnut in California. UC Delivers.
  • Fichtner, E. (2012). Thousand cankers disease now in three east coast states. Nut Extension Newsletter.
  • Fichtner, E.; Wilson, K., et al. (2012). Understanding alternate bearing in olives. Olive Extension Newsletter.
  • Fichtner, E.; Kasun, G., et al. (2012). Use of film-forming polymers for management of olive knot disease. Annual Meeting of the American Phytopathological Society, Providence, RI,
  • Fichtner, E.; Bentley, W. (2012). Walnut Husk Fly: An emerging pest in the southern San Joaquin Valley. West Coast Nut Guide.
  • Fichtner, E.; Hasey, J. (2012). What should PCAs know about Thousand Cankers Disease in California? CAPCA Advisor.
  • Fichtner, E. (2011). Association of Tenlined June Beetle with Crown Gall in a Tulare County Walnut Orchard. Walnut Research Reports.
  • Fichtner, E. (2011). Chemical Thinning of Olives. The Olive: The California Resource Guide.
  • Fichtner, E. (2011). Coyote damage in orchards. Extension Newsletter.
  • Klonsky, K.; Livingston, P., et al. (2011). Economics and mechanically harvesting California black ripe table olives. International Symposium on Mechanical Harvesting and Handling Systems of Fruits and Nuts, Lake Alfred, Florida,
  • Ferguson, L.; Rosa, U., et al. (2011). Improving canopy contact olive harvester efficiency with mechanical pruning. International Symposium on Mechanical Harvesting and Handling Systems of Fruits and Nuts, Lake Alfred, Florida,
  • Fichtner, E. (2011). Measurement of Tenlined june beetle activity in soil. Research Report to the Almond Board of California.
  • Fichtner, E.; DeBuse, C., et al. (2011). "Mechanical pruning of ‘French’ prune (Prunus domestica) in California's southern San Joaquin Valley." HortScience 45: S248.
  • Fichtner, E. (2011). Mechanical Pruning of Tulare County Dried Plums. California Dried Plum Board Research Reports.
  • Fichtner, E. (2011). Monitoring walnut twig beetle activity in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Walnut Research Reports.
  • Fichtner, E. (2011). Need to manage black scale on olives? The Olive: The California Resource Guide.
  • Fichtner, E. (2011). Seasonal development of olive (Olea europaea L.). Extension Newsletter.
  • Fichtner, E. (2011). Seasonal development of olive (Olea europaea L.). The Olive: The California Resource Guide.
  • Lee, S.; Sirimuangmoon, C., et al. (2011). Sensory characteristics and consumer acceptance of mechanically harvested California black ripe olives. International Symposium on Mechanical Harvesting and Handling Systems of Fruits and Nuts, Lake Alfred, Florida,
  • Fichtner, E. (2011). Spring rainfall necessitates a watch for olive knot. The Olive: The California Resource Guide.
  • Fichtner, E.; DeBuse, C. (2011). Verticillium Wilt in Olives. Olive Extension Newsletter.
  • Fichtner, E.; DeBuse, C. (2011). Verticillium Wilt in Olives. The Olive: The California Resource Guide. Olive Growers Council of California.
  • Fichtner, E.; Bentley, W. (2011). Walnut Husk Fly: an emerging pest in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Extension Newsletter.
  • Fichtner, E. (2011). Will incorporation of mechanical pruning influence yield and size of prunes? Extension Newsletter.
  • Fichtner, E. (2010). Chemical Thinning of Olives. Olive Extension Newsletter.
  • Fichtner, E. (2010). Mechanical pruning trial on Tulare County Prunes. Extension Newsletter.
  • Fichtner, E. (2010). Need to manage black scale on olives? Extension Newsletter.
  • Fichtner, E. (2010). Spring rainfall necessitates a watch for olive knot. Extension Newsletter.
  • Ferguson, L.; Rosa, U., et al. (2010). "The mechanical harvesting of California black ripe table olives Olea europaea Cv. Manzanillo." HortScience 44: 1110.
  • Fichtner, E. (2010). Thousand cankers disease on walnut: Tulare County Update. Extension Newsletter.
  • Fichtner, E.; Rizzo, D., et al. (2009). "Epidemiology of Phytophthora kernoviae in UK woodlands and heathland and risk to North American forests." Phytopathology 99: S35.
  • Swiecki, T.; Bernhardt, E., et al. (2009). The exotic plant pathogen Phytophthora cinamomi: a major threat to rare Arctostaphylos and much more. California Native Plants Society Conservation Conference, Sacramento, CA,
  • Fichtner, E.; Rizzo, D., et al. (2008). "Root infections of Phytophthora ramorum and Phytophthora kernoviae in UK woodlands." Phytopathology 98: S53.
  • Parke, J.; Oguchi, A., et al. (2008). "Viability of Phytophthora ramorumafter passage through slugs." Phytopathology 98: S121.
  • Ireland, K.; Hüberli, D., et al. (2007). Hidden Agenda: asymptomatic infection and sporulation by Phytophthora ramorum, a serious threat to Australian biodiversity. Cooperative Research Centre National Plant Biosecurity, Australia,
  • Fichtner, E.; Rizzo, D., et al. (2007). Root associations of Phytophthora ramorum and Phytophthora kernoviae in UK Woodlands. Fourth Workshop of IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) Working Party, Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems, Monterey, CA,
  • Fichtner, E.; Rizzo, D., et al. (2007). Summer survival of Phytophthora ramorum in California bay laurel leaves. SOD (Sudden Oak Death) Science Symposium, Santa Rosa, CA,
  • Fichtner, E.; Rizzo, D., et al. (2007). "Summer survival of Phytophthora ramorum in California forests." Phytopathology 97: S36.
  • Fichtner, E.; Rizzo, D., et al. (2007). Suppression of Phytophthora ramorum in aluminum-amended peatmoss. SOD (Sudden Oak Death) Science Symposium, Santa Rosa, CA,
  • Fichtner, E.; Rizzo, D., et al. (2007). Survival and chlamydospore production of Phytophthora ramorum in California bay laurel leaves. Fourth Workshop of IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) Working Party, Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems,
  • Dileo, M.; Fichtner, E., et al. (2006). "Effects of water potential on the growth and survival of Phytophthora ramorum." Phytopathology 96: S30.
  • Fichtner, E.; Lynch, S., et al. (2006). "Evidence of dormancy and soil-mediated suppression of Phytophthora ramorum in a California redwood-tanoak forest." Phytopathology 96: S35-S36.
  • Fichtner, E.; Lynch, S., et al. (2006). Survival and reproduction of Phytophthora ramorum in forest soils. World Congress of Soil Science: Frontiers of Soil Science, Philadelphia, PA,
  • Fichtner, E.; Lynch, S., et al. (2005). Detection and distribution of Phytophthora ramorum in redwood-tanoak forest community soils. SOD (Sudden Oak Death Science Symposium, Monterey, CA,
  • Tjosvold, S.; Chambers, D., et al. (2005). Epidemiology of Phytophthora ramorum infecting rhododendrons under simulated nursery conditions. SOD (Sudden Oak Death) Science Symposium, Monterey, CA,
  • Davidson, J.; Fichtner, E., et al. (2005). Mechanisms underlying differences in inoculum production by Phytophthora ramorum in mixed-evergreen versus tanoak-redwood forest in California. SOD (Sudden Oak Death) Science Symposium, Monterey, CA,
  • Fichtner, E.; Lynch, S., et al. (2005). "Summer and winter survival of Phytophthora ramorum in soils." Phytopathology 95: S29.
  • Fichtner, E.; Lynch, S., et al. (2005). Summer survival of Phytophthora ramorum in forest soils. SOD (Sudden Oak Death) Science Symposium, Monterey, CA,
  • Fichtner, E.; Lynch, S., et al. (2004). Survival of Phytophthora ramorum in infected leaf tissue at the soil surface in a tanoak-redwood forest. Third Workshop of IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) Working Party, Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems,
  • Fichtner, E.; Shew, H. (2003). Differential sensitivity of plant pathogens to monomeric Al species. American Phytopathological Society, Charlotte, NC,
  • Fichtner, E.; Benson, D., et al. (2003). Suppression of Phytophthora parasitica in composted swine waste. American Phytopathological Society, Charlotte, NC,
  • Fichtner, E.; Shew, H., et al. (2002). Characterization of aluminum species toxicity to soilborne plant pathogenic fungi. Plant Pathology Society of North Carolina.
  • Hennis, M.; Fichtner, E., et al. (2002). In vitro toxicity of aluminum to Phytophthora parasitica and Thielaviopsis basicola. Plant Pathology Society of North Carolina.
  • Fichtner, E.; Hoyt, J., et al. (2002). Relating Genetics to Everyday Life: K12 Outreach in Fungal Genomics. Plant Pathology Society of North Carolina.
  • Fichtner, E.; Shew, H., et al. (2001). Characterization of aluminum species toxicity to soilborne plant pathogenic fungi. Soil Science Society of America, Charlotte, NC,
  • Fichtner, E.; Shew, H. (2000). Chemical and physical suppression of Phytophthora parasitica in peat containing organically complexed aluminum. PPSNC (Plant Pathology Society of North Carolina) and 2000 APS (American Phytopathological Society), New Orleans, LA,
  • Fichtner, E.; Shew, H., et al. (1999). Organic complexation and chelation of aluminum for suppression of soilborne fungal pathogens. American Society of Agronomy, Quebec,
  • Fichtner, E.; Shew, H., et al. (1999). Suppression of Phytophthora parasitica in composted swine waste. American Phytopathological Society, Quebec, Canada,
  • Buck, L.; Fichtner, E., et al. (1995). Forest Farming: High value understory and edible tree crops for integrated production systems. American Society of Agronomy (Poster), St. Louis, MO,

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