UD Botanic Gardens Presents "Uh-Oh...What's That!? A Pest & Disease Survival Guide"

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That doesn’t look right!  Seeing spots?  Do I need a plant doctor?  Is it too late to get help? Join UDBG for our Pest & Disease Mini-Series. It’s a four-session survival guide you won’t want to miss. Plant diseases are the topic on Tuesdays, January 26 and February 2, and pests take center stage on Thursdays, January 28 and February 4. All sessions run from 7:00-8:00 PM via ZOOM. The cost for UDBG Friends is $15/class or $50 for the series, and $20/class or $70 for the series for nonmembers. You can register and pay for classes via our online form. 


Diseases - What is a plant disease? How do I know if what I see are signs or symptoms? What’s causing this? How does the weather factor in? Do we need to spray, or can we avoid plant diseases? Nancy Gregory equips us with the information we need in our garden toolbox.


Pests - Scouting for insect pests is an important part for successful IPM in horticulture, so what do you look for?  Join Dr. Brian Kunkel as we cover how plants normally look compared to plants with issues.  We will also discuss the presence of insects that require little intervention compared to those that need a strong management plan.


Nancy Fisher Gregory earned a Master of Science in Plant Pathology from Penn State University and spent several years at the Tropical Research and Education Center in Florida, followed by 26 years at University of Delaware. Nancy led the UD Plant Diagnostic Clinic and pest detection efforts for Delaware, taught courses on plant diseases, presented seminars, and in retirement continues to teach.


Dr. Brian Kunkel received his B.S. from Northern Kentucky University, M.S. from the University of Kentucky and his PhD from The Ohio State University.  He worked briefly with TruGreen ChemLawn before beginning his post-doctoral work with the USDA-ARS in Georgia. Brian began his current position at the University of Delaware in 2006 where he has worked on various projects studying armored and soft scale species, redheaded flea beetles, whiteflies, mealybugs, brown marmorated stink bugs, thrips, and other various ornamental pests.

Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Academics, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community, Lectures and Programs



Plant & Soil Science



UDBG Friends: $15/class or $50/series; Nonmembers: $20/class or $70/series

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Valann Budischak

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