WEBINAR: Grappling with cut flower diseases
By Greta Chiu
Speaker: Dr. Janna Beckerman, Purdue University
Differing from potted crop productions, cut flower growers can sometimes struggle more, or differently, with diseases. Learn how to best prevent and manage some common culprits, including powdery mildew, fusarium, botrytis, leaf spots and more, in this different context.
About the speaker: Janna Beckerman, PhD, is a professor in botany and plant pathology at Purdue University. She leads the plant pathology extension education effort in horticultural crops by developing and enhancing a close working relationship between the university, extension educators, and members of the fruit and ornamentals industries, and the developing hemp industry. The goal of her extension program, is to enable commercial growers to effectively and sustainably manage both chemical (fungicide) and genetic (disease resistance) resources while protecting the environment.
About the moderator: Sarah Jandricic, PhD, is the greenhouse floriculture IPM specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Sarah has over 18 years of experience in greenhouse integrated pest management, including extensive research experience in Canada, New York State and North Carolina, and two years at a greenhouse IPM consulting company. Responsible for both IPM of insects and plant diseases, she has published numerous trade articles and runs a variety of grower workshops related to biological control of greenhouse pests. Visit onfloriculture.wordpress.com for more from Sarah and her colleagues at OMAFRA.
Be sure to revisit other webinars in this Let’s Talk Disease series:
- March 14: Cultural controls for managing and preventing disease
- March 20: Fusarium basics
- April 2: Disease diagnostics for ornamentals
- April 9: Ways to outsmart powdery mildew