What is the name of the pest that makes the buds of blackcurrants become distorted with the result that the new leaves do not grow properly?
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Big bud mite
- Latin Name: Ribes nigrum.
- Blackcurrants are very popular in the UK for fruit pies, cordials, jam and flavouring of various confectionery.
- During World War II the British government encouraged the growing of blackcurrants because they were a valuable source of non-imported vitamin C.
- Need moist soil to do well and in drought conditions before fruiting it is necessary to irrigate them.