This “Kiwifruitsalsa” website is now my primary website.  It is a communications tool connecting Kiwibob Glanzman, a former NAFEX (North American Fruit Explorers) Kiwifruit Interest Group Coordinator with interested people worldwide.  It contains information a link to NAFEX, general information about Kiwifruit (Actinidia species) including the condition known as AYLS (Actinidia Yellow Lesf Spot), progress on Kiwifruit Enthusiasts Journal Vol.#7 (advance orders now being accepted), information about Figs grown in the Puget Sound Region of Washington State, and progress on The Puget Sound Regional Fig Variety Test being conducted by The Puget Sound Kiwi Company, a specialty nursery now closed due to AYLS.


The photos above were taken from June-August 2014 and show the completely random blotches that are characteristic of AYLS!

As of August 2016, the cause and effects of AYLS are still unknown!  It does appear to be communicable but nothing is known about the transmission vector and far too little is known about its Worldwide Distribution due to lack of reporting.  If you grow Actinidia vines (especially the “Hardy Kiwi”, A. arguta where it is readily visible) please take the time to look at the AYLS website and report (using the form on the About AYLS page) whether it is ABSENT or PRESENT in your vines.  if it is PRESENT please take a few photos to document it.Actinidia Yellow Leaf Spot (AYLS)   http://kiwifruitayls.wordpress.com

“Fig Varieties: A Monograph” by Ira Condit published February 1955 in “Hilgardia” is available for download as a PDF at the link below.  This is provided as a service since the link to the “California Agriculture” website where it was originally posted in April 2007 is difficult to follow.  Please note there are still typographical errors in this PDF version, but Condit’s intent is still all there.

I am currently looking for people who have Fig collections to photograph their Breba and Main Crops.  Please contact me at kiwibob(at)scn.org for further information about the proposed Fig Variety Photographic Identification System.  You can download a .doc copy of the proposal at:
Happy Growing,   kiwibob