One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A disease of blackcurrant bushes in which the buds become swollen due to the presence of gall mites.
The mite is Cecidophyopsis ribis, family Eriophyidae
- ‘During the winter I renovated an old row of redcurrants, quite successfully it seems, but now I realise that I have inadvertently retained a blackcurrant bush that has big bud reversion.’
- ‘Look to blackcurrants for ‘big bud’; pinch off infected buds and burn them.’
- ‘Always watch out for Big Bud in the Spring and pick off the bigger buds before the trouble gets a real hold.’
- ‘We've been asked not to have bonfires on the allotment, and fair enough but what to do with a big blackcurrant bush uprooted due to big bud’
- ‘It is spread by a mite vector, the blackcurrant gall mite, or big bud mite, Cecidophyopsis ribis.’
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