Blueberry scorch virus (BIScV) is a problematic virus for highbush blueberry in New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The disease is widespread in all the growing regions of BC: Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, Kootenay, and the Okanagan. Scorch virus causes plant damage and eventual death, but does not impact fruit. Fruit from affected bushes is safe to eat and poses no risk to consumers.
Scorch virus infections in blueberry fields throughout BC are reaching a critical point. If left unmanaged, this will impact the entire industry, so your immediate action is needed to contain the spread and protect your fields.
The Council is taking action on this issue by funding research and engaging in dialogue with industry experts and government officials to find solutions.
To learn more about scorch virus and how you can limit the spread, please take a look at the resources below.
Scorch Virus Fact Sheets
- New! Blueberry Scorch Virus Update (pdf)
by Carolyn Teasdale, Industry Specialist, Berries (BCAF)
- New! ESCropconsult Scorch IPM Guide (pdf)
- BC Ministry Factsheet English (pdf)
- BC Ministry Factsheet Punjabi (pdf)
See an introductory video below:
If you see any sign of the virus in your field, get it tested immediately. There are two ways to do this:
- Submit samples to Phyto Diagnostics laboratory for virus testing.
Phyto Diagnostics Company Limited
9381 Ardmore Drive
North Saanich, BC V8L 5G4
* The lab requests that you send plant samples at the beginning of the week to avoid processing delays.
- Drop your samples off at the BC Blueberry Council office. (NO LONGER ACCEPTING SAMPLES)
Click below for guidance on how to take samples in your field.
*Results will be provided to you within 2 weeks of sample submission.
*The BC Blueberry Council and their representatives accept no liability for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.
*All information submitted will remain confidential.