Mystery of dying pomegranate treesThis article was originally published in Foodnews
POMEGRANATE trees are dying in California, and nobody knows why. Up to 10% of the trees in a given orchard may be affected, but some farmers are reporting losses of 30-40%. According to the Western Farm Press, it is thought that cold temperatures are at least partly to blame, as similar damage was noted after a cold snap in 1998. Younger trees are apparently more susceptible to damage than older ones, but there does not seem to be a pattern: dying trees and healthy ones can exist side-by-side. Research into the phenomenon is continuing.