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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Plants, Pests, and Pathogens webinar available

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of presenting in the first Plants, Pests, and Pathogens session for 2011. A webinar series produced by the NC State University Horticulture, Entomology, and Plant Pathology Departments and Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, Plants, Pests, and Pathogens (PPP) is directed to Master Gardeners and homeowner clientele.

I spoke about spotted wing drosophila (SDW) identification, biology, and management for home gardeners. It is important for SWD management to take place not only on commercial farms but also in home gardens or other unmanaged plantings. These gardens and unmanaged plantings can serve as sources of infestation for commercial growers, so we need to work together to manage this insect on landscape scale. You can find the entire recorded PPP webinar here. You can learn about upcoming PPP webinars here.

Male SWD on entering a monitoring trap. Photo: HJB

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