National experts to convene in Texas for rose rosette disease meeting

by Kathleen Phillips, Texas A&M AgriLife

Rose rosette disease – what it is and how experts are dealing with it – will be the topic of a meeting Nov. 12 at Chambersville Tree Farms, 7032 County Road 971, Celina.

The event will be 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and is free to the public, according to Dr. Kevin Ong, director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab in College Station. Continue reading

Weather stress is making post oaks more susceptible to disease

by Kathleen Phillips, Texas A&M AgriLife

In the lush green landscape of a season with plentiful rain, memories of the record Texas drought of 2011 could fade. But hundreds of calls, emails and tree samples sent to the Texas Plant Diagnostic Lab in College Station tell a different story.

“Since the early spring to late summer, there have been many inquiries as to why post oaks have ‘suddenly’ died,” said Dr. Kevin Ong, director of the lab, which is operated by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Continue reading