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About Amy Fulcher

University of Tennessee Department of Plant Sciences

Systems-based Pest Management: Propagation Practices

This video demonstrates how nursery crop producers can apply a systems-based pest management approach to propagation, eliminating or minimizing the spread of pathogens from propagation houses and beds into the main production areas. Five practical tactics are featured, providing an overview of ways producers can stop or minimize the spread…
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New Video – Systems-based Pest Management: Irrigation Practices

This video demonstrates how nursery crop producers can apply a systems-based pest management approach to irrigation, eliminating or minimizing the spread of pathogens from recycled irrigation water and standing water in main production areas. It also covers the importance of testing water quality and refining irrigation volume to optimize plant…
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New Video – Systems-based Pest Management: Shipping and Receiving

This video covers basic concepts in shipping and receiving from a systems-based pest management standpoint. The video focuses on diligent inspection of plant material, careful record keeping to facilitate tracing plants forward and backward, and frequent sanitation of carts, docks and semi trailers. UT undergraduate student, Halee Jones, and UT…
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New Video – Systems-based Pest Management: Potting Practices

This video demonstrates how nursery crop producers can apply a systems-based pest management approach to potting practices. The video provides an overview of practical ways producers can stop the spread of pathogens, pests, and weed seeds that can otherwise be transferred to healthy plants through potting substrate and containers, especially…
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New Video – Systems-based Pest Management: Pruning Practices

This video demonstrates how nursery crop producers can apply a systems-based pest management approach to pruning practices. The video provides an overview of practical ways producers can stop the spread of pathogens that can otherwise be transferred to healthy plants during pruning. Funding for this video was provided by the…
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Sustainable Nursery Irrigation Management Series: Part 3- Strategies to Manage Nursery Runoff

Extension publication, “W 278: Part I. Water Use in Nursery Production,” discussed the importance of and competition for water use in nursery production. “W 279: Part II. Strategies to Increase Efficiency” covered techniques that growers can use to refine scheduling (volume and timing) and delivery of irrigation water.  This final…
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Sustainable Nursery Irrigation Management Series: Part 2- Strategies to Increase Crop Irrigation Efficiency

Nursery irrigation management is a major concern for many nursery producers, especially container producers. Extension publication, “W 278: Part I. Water Use in  Nursery Production,” discussed competition for water and gave a general overview of water use in nurseries. Part II discusses strategies to increase irrigation efficiency. Because irrigation is…
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Sustainable Nursery Irrigation Management Series: Part 1 – Water Use in Nursery Production

Water is essential to plant life and is a critical input to nursery crop production. For plants, water is used in temperature regulation, as a carrier for nutrients and plant hormones, and is the hydraulic force behind growth. Water is taken up by plant roots and is lost to the…
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FREE Book!!! – IPM for Select Deciduous Trees in Southeastern US Nursery Production

Southeastern nursery growers now have a new best friend when fighting pests and diseases. A new book, available in hard copy and iBook format for iPads, is now available, thanks to the Southern Nursery IPM Working Group. The book—IPM for Select Deciduous Trees in Southeastern US Nursery Production—is a compilation…
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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 Tech2  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…
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