18th Ornamental Workshop on Diseases and Insects
Old Friends, New Foes
Kanuga Conference Center
130 Kanuga Chapel Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28739
September 24 – 28, 2012
Kanuga Conference Center
130 Kanuga Chapel Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28739
September 24 – 28, 2012
Knoxville, Tenn. – Gardeners are known for having all the right tools to tackle the toughest landscape challenges. Now there is a high-tech tool at their fingertips that will help keep them aware of pests as they develop over the season, as well as provide them how-to information on insect and disease management, pruning and fertilization schedules, and more. The tool is not your typical gardening tool, but an app called IPMLite available for both iPhone and Android platforms.
Much smaller and lighter than gardening books and cheaper than a yearly subscription to a gardening magazine, IPMLite offers immediate access, right in the landscape, to current pest and plant disease information, plant care recommendations, and IPMLite alerts users when destructive pests emerge in their locations.
“Avid gardeners crave sound information on plant care and pests. We built IPMLite to give them just that,” explained Amy Fulcher, lead developer and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences. “IPMLite includes all the information they need condensed down into a quick, easy-to-read format and great images.” It features real-time alerts to gardeners and homeowners so they can stay on top of emerging pests and timely plant care.”
IPMLite enables users to:
“The information is so good, and it is written in understandable language for the person looking for a solution to their home gardening problems,” explained Master Gardener Faye Beck, whose own gardens have twice been featured in Fine Gardening magazine. “The pictures are very clear. I can see where this app would be invaluable to the Master Gardeners who respond to questions from the public, or the home gardener to know more about cures for their gardening problems or questions. I think this will be a valuable tool for landscapers and gardeners too.”
IPMLite, or Integrated Pest Management Lite, was developed through a collaborative effort of horticulturists, entomologists and plant pathologists at seven land-grant universities. The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, working with Clemson University, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, University of Maryland, North Carolina State University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute, developed the first Integrated Pest Management mobile app, IPMPro, for nursery growers, landscapers, arborists and educators that includes alerts, major horticultural practices, and disease and insect information, as well as pesticide recommendations and electronic recordkeeping for professionals. Now the developers are introducing IPMLite for the homeowner.
IPMLite was built for the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4 through 8 (with capability for Zone 9a and 9b), which includes 20-plus states from west of the Mississippi River, east and north to Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and south to the Gulf Coast.
IPMPro and IPMLite are the first applications of their kind developed in the United States, and development was made possible through funding by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, through its Extension and AgResearch units, and support from the University of Tennessee Research Foundation.
For less than a subscription for non-interactive tools with quickly dated content like books and magazines that professionals and home gardeners currently use, IPMPro is $24.99 and IPMLite is $9.99 and are available through Apple (iPhone and iPad) and Android marketplaces. For more information, visit ipmproapp.com and ipmliteapp.com
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.
A NEW publication by Shawn T. Steed and Robert H. Stamps at The University of Florida/IFAS
Glyphosate is the largest-selling single crop protection chemical worldwide (Woodburn 2000) and the most used herbicide in the nursery industry in the United States (Norcini et al. 1996). It is used for postemergent control of vegetation. Glyphosate is an extremely effective chemical that controls a broad spectrum of annual and perennial grasses, broadleaves, and sedges. This herbicide acts as an inhibitor of an enzyme that leads to the formation of several essential amino acids required for normal protein synthesis. Glyphosate has the ability to spread throughout the plant and concentrate in the growing regions where these amino acids are most needed for new growth. As a nonselective, translocating herbicide, it is easy to cause unintended damage to desirable vegetation if this product is used incorrectly. This publication outlines the proper use of glyphosate for plant producers and their employees.
Read the whole publication here:
” Bacterial spots and blights on ornamental plants ” will be presented by
Dr. Jean Williams-Woodward Warmer temperatures tends to increase bacterial
diseases on plants. Leaf spots, blights, and wilts are becoming more common
within nurseries and greenhouses. This webinar will cover what to look for
to identify and manage bacterial plant diseases.
Here’s how to participate in the webinar:
Before the webinar, click on the link below.
You will be able to enter the session starting at 10 am EDT on the day it
occurs (for trouble shooting if necessary), but the actual webinar will not
start until 11 am EDT.
All that you need is an up-to-date browser and internet connection (and no
firewalls!). We will run the webinar off of NC State’s ELLUMINATE site
license, so you don’t need a copy of the program yourself. In order to make
test that your system requirements are acceptable, visit the Configuration
Room linked on http://go.ncsu.edu/elluminate_config
In addition, Elluminate tips can be found at the link below.
Indian wax scale Ceroplastes ceriferus is a common scale on landscape plants. In particular we find it on hollies, cherry laurel, spirea, boxwood, and barberry. Indian wax scale is a soft scale that, as the name suggests, looks like white, gray, or pinkish wax on the branches of infested plants. Indian wax scale secrete a lot of honey dew as do most soft scales. This can create sooty mold and reduce the aesthetic appeal of landscape plants. Heavy infestations will reduce plant vitality. Indian wax scale has one generation per year. They overwinter as mostly as adults but we have found younger stages in the fall and spring that apparently overwintered. In spring crawlers emerge and crawl around to find a new feeding site. Crawlers are the best stage to target for control of any scale and for wax scale the time is now. Crawlers are emerging from eggs under the heavy wax covers on campus right now. At this stage crawlers can be killed very easily as they are small and unprotected. Thus horticultural oil is a very viable option. Systemic products such as neonicotinoids make the plant toxic so crawlers and later stages will be killed as they feed. More information can be found at: http://ecoipm.com/ or
The National IPM Webinar series is coordinated by Kelly Ivors and Steve Frank in the departments of Plant Pathology and Entomology at North Carolina State University. The webinar series is designed to provide timely information to the green industry through monthly seminars on the production and maintenance of ornamental plants. We recently put together a new website for the series.
Webinars are typically scheduled for the first Thursday of each month starting at 11 am EST. Announcements are sent out via a listserve. You can sign up for the list serve by going to http://go.ncsu.edu/IPM_webinar_signup. To participate in a webinar click on the link sent out via the list serve.
TO: STATE AND TERRITORY AGRICULTURAL REGULATORY OFFICIALS
APHIS is issuing a Federal Order to restrict importation of plants for planting known to be hosts of P. ramorum. Since 2003, APHIS has been working toward limiting the spread of P. ramorum within the United States. APHIS has also been requiring that plants from several European countries and the United Kingdom be accompanied by certification of inspection and testing to be free of P. ramorum; however, the certification does not provide details about the country’s pest exclusion plan. Also, APHIS has not been requiring certification from other countries about testing or their disease-free status. The genotypic diversity and expanding host range of P. ramorum is of increasing concern.
Therefore, APHIS is requiring specific countries to have in place an annual pest exclusion program that incorporates monitoring, sampling, testing and a validation process to verify the absence of P. ramorum in a place of production. APHIS will approve the country to export host material to the United States if the program is comparable to APHIS’ restrictions for interstate movement of P. ramorum hosts. The shipments must also be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration about the place of production. Plants for planting of P. ramorum host commodities from other countries will be allowed into the United States if accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that P. ramorum is not known to exist within the country.
The restrictions apply to host plants for planting and all plant parts intended for propagation except seed of the plant taxa. The current APHIS-regulated P. ramorum host plant list is available at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/pram/downloads/pdf_files/usdaprlist.pdf
For questions on this Federal Oder, contact:
William Aley, Sr. Import Specialist, APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine, Riverdale, MD at (301) 851-2130 or William.D.Aley@aphis.usda.gov.
See the entire document here:
NOTE: This amends a previous federal order and its largest change is “APHIS is requiring specific countries to have in place an annual pest exclusion program that incorporates monitoring, sampling, testing and a validation process to verify the absence of P. ramorum in a place of production.” Previously, no such testing was required.
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