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Plant Diseases in the Landscape

Thursday, October 11th
9:00 - 11:00 AM

Presented by Deborah Mathews,
University of California Cooperative Extension, Riverside

CEU Accreditation: PLANET, 2

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Course Description:

Learn how to recognize many common and some new emerging diseases in the California landscape, as well as how to recognize and manage diseases caused by viruses, fungi and bacteria. Know which plants are the most susceptible in order to avoid bad planting decisions. Multiple diseases of bedding and potted plants, trees and shrubs will also be covered.

Attendees will learn what viruses are, how to recognize the symptoms and prevent them; bacterial leafscorch caused by Xylella fastidiousa, which is causing major problems in landscape trees; downy mildew attacking coleus, basil and impatiens and basic hygiene and management techniques.

Dr. Deborah Mathews is a University of California Cooperative Extension Specialist on the Riverside campus who specializes in plant pathology with a focus on virus diseases. Currently her program deals mainly with ornamental plants, but she does some work with citrus, avocado and vegetable crops. As an Extension Specialist, part of her job is to perform information outreach to a variety of stakeholders in California, giving lectures on many aspects of plant pathology including general pathology, specific disease problems, new diseases, control and management. Dr. Mathews has 25 years of experience in plant pathology and is currently the only person specializing in virus diseases of ornamental plants in the state's UC Cooperative Extension system.

Deborah Mathews, Assistant CE Specialist/Plant Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, University of California Riverside Cooperative Extension

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