Boxwood Blight Insight Group (BBIG): Sanitation and Nursery Practices

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Boxwood Blight Insight Group (BBIG): Sanitation and Nursery Practices

May 30 @ 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

This educational session aims to equip nursery producers, gardeners, and plant health professionals with vital knowledge and strategies to combat the pervasive threat of Calonectria pseudonaviculata, the fungus responsible for the devastating boxwood blight.

Boxwood blight, a serious concern for the horticulture industry, jeopardizes the health and viability of boxwood plants, significantly impacting the ornamental plant market. Addressing this issue, the webinar will delve into the critical control points in nursery production, emphasizing effective sanitation practices to prevent and manage the spread of this disease.

Attendees of the webinar can expect to gain:

  • An understanding of the lifecycle and spread of Calonectria pseudonaviculata.
  • Insight into the latest research and developments in boxwood blight control.
  • Practical guidance on implementing effective sanitation and preventive measures in nursery production.
  • Strategies for identifying critical control points to mitigate the risk of boxwood blight in their operations.

This webinar is essential for anyone involved in the cultivation, care, or management of boxwood

Meet The Speaker

Dr. Fulya Baysal-Gurel

Interim Associate Dean of Research
Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center, Tennessee State University

Dr. Fulya Baysal-Gurel, a leading expert in the field of plant pathology and an advocate for sustainable nursery practices, will lead the webinar. As the Interim Associate Dean of Research at the Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center and an Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology at Tennessee State University, Dr. Baysal-Gurel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. Her extensive research and collaboration with growers, plant inspectors, and extension educators have positioned her at the forefront of boxwood blight management and control strategies.

Dr. Baysal-Gurel’s research program focuses on the on the development of sustainable, environmental friendly and economical management practices for woody ornamental diseases. Research emphasis areas are 1) detection, diagnosis of fungal, oomycete, bacterial and viral diseases on woody ornamentals using both molecular and classical techniques in nursery production and their management, 2) molecular characterization of soil-borne pathogens of field and container-grown woody ornamentals in Tennessee, and 3) development of sanitation practices for mechanically transmitted woody ornamental diseases.

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