Southeastern Ornamental Horticulture Production and Integrated Pest Management

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Boxwood Blight: A New Disease of Boxwoods Recently Found in the Southeastern U.S.

 

Norm Dart1, Virginia State Plant Pathologist 

Mary Ann Hansen1 and Elizabeth Bush1, Extension Plant Pathologists 

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services1, Virginia Tech

Boxwood blight (also called “box blight” in Europe), caused by the fungal pathogen Cylindrocladium buxicola, was reported for the first time in the U.S. at two North Carolina production nurseries in October, 2011. Boxwoods originating from an infected block of plants at one of the North Carolina nurseries were planted in two production fields in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are developing and implementing mitigation strategies aimed at aggressively removing the pathogen from infested fields and stopping the spread of this disease.

 

Read more at: http://www.ppws.vt.edu/~clinic/alerts/11-04-11_boxwood_blight_alert.pdf