One year ago the industry was reeling from the appearance of Boxwood Blight in our nurseries and landscape. One year later, armed with $500,000 in research funding, what are we starting to learn about this disease and the future of Boxwood in the American landscape?
Introduction: A year of accomplishment
Drs. Joe Bischoff of ANLA and Cristi Palmer of IR-4 welcome the participants, acknowledge Syngenta and HRI for their support and introduce the panelists.
Hello My Name is Boxwood Blight: a review of the disease
An introduction to the disease Boxwood Blight (Calonectria pseudonaviculata), including its symptoms and general biology are provided by Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) scientist Dr. Sharon Douglas.
Pachysandra and Buxus: What plants are at risk?
Dr. LaMondia, also of CAES, describes the host range of the pathogen, including his recent work on Pachysandra, and some of his greenhouse based fungicide efficacy research.
Prevention and Resistance: Outdoor cultivar and fungicide trials
North Carolina State University Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Dr. Kelly Ivors, talks about her outdoor fungicide trials and the results of her recent cultivar tolerance studies.
Keep it Clean: Sanitation efficacy
Dr. Sharon Douglas returns to the presentation to share what she’s learned about sanitation practices and management strategies for dealing with Boxwood Blight.
See You Next Year: How Boxwood Blight survives in soils
Dr. Dart, Virginia State Plant Pathologist describes the durability and survivability of the disease in soils.
Rapid Diagnostics: DNA based identification
CAES Agricultural Scientist Dr. Robert Marra explains the work he is doing, in collaboration with USDA-ARS, on the development of DNA based rapid diagnostic detection tools.
Under the Lens: What traits support resistance
Dr. Jo Anne Crouch of USDA-ARS in Beltsville, MD shows some of her early results on the epidemiology of Boxwood Blight. The information from these efforts will play a significant role in determining the most important characteristics to evaluate for breeding disease resistance.
Beyond Boxwood Blight: breeding resistant new cultivars
Dr. Margaret Pooler, Research Leader of the USDA’s Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit, describes the National Arboretum’s role in gathering boxwood diversity (Buxus spp.) in preparation for a program to create new boxwood disease-tolerant hybrids.
Q and A
Dr. Joe Bischoff asks panelists to respond to some of the many questions submitted by participants.
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Dr. Joe Bischoff is ANLA's Director of Government Relations. Focused on legislative and regulatory issues connected to pest and disease management, Joe also works in collaboration with the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research arm of ANLA, to develop and implement strategies for responding to new pest and disease challenges facing the industry. He was recently appointed to the Federal Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC), serves on the Tier 2 Commodity Committee for the National Clean Plant Network – Fruit Trees, and is on the Research Committee of the National Ornamentals Research Site at Dominican University of California. Before joining the ANLA in February 2012, Dr. Bischoff was National Mycologist with the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the USDA.
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