WEBINAR: Managing Rose Rosette Disease in the Landscape

Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) has been making an unwelcome appearance in landscapes across the United States. A virus carried by an eriophyid mite, this disease can affect all cultivated roses, including shrubs, hybrid teas, floribunda, grandifloras, and miniatures. Researchers and breeders are hard at work developing solutions to combat RRD. In the meantime, there are many steps landscapers can take to help prevent its spread.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this free webinar hosted by Star Roses and Plants and presented by a panel of RRD experts. Continue reading

Scientists seek public assistance in tackling rose rosette disease

by Kathleen Phillips, Texas A&M AgriLife

Halfway through a five-year, $4.6 million grant to combat rose rosette disease in the U.S., the national research team studying it is encouraged by the amount of information learned but admits having a way to go before finding how to overcome the deadly problem.

Rose rosette was observed on wild roses as early as the 1940s, but it was not until 2011 that scientists definitively identified the cause as being from a new virus in the novel genus Emaravirus transmitted by the microscopic eriophyid mite, according to Dr. David Byrne. Now the virus is killing commercial rose varieties. Continue reading

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

Tips for being successful with your fall garden

Janet Hurley, Extension specialist and School IPM specialist at Texas A&M AgriLife, included an article in her School IPM newsletter last week about creating a school garden. The information in the article was really useful for anyone who wants to plant a fall garden, even at home, so I thought I would use the information in her article and make it applicable to an urban audience. If you’re a teacher and plan to create a garden at your school, be sure to read her article.

If you’re planning on turning your summer garden into a fall garden, before you begin planting, there are certain things you want to consider. First, if your garden is overgrown with weeds, and you’re planning to apply herbicides, be sure that you and your children stay out of the area for at least 4 hours. At home I usually wait at least a day before I walk on the area again. Continue reading

Plant pest, disease detection program slated for Feb. 6 in Austin

The Travis County Master Gardeners will present a program for detecting insects and diseases that may harm gardens and landscapes.

“The idea behind this program is to help gardeners improve their observation skills toward detecting invasive pests and diseases such as the brown marmorated stink bug and rose rosette,” said Daphne Richards, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist for Travis County. Continue reading

Disease affecting Kentucky roses

Roses are popular garden plants because of their beauty and pleasant aroma, but a new disease is affecting roses and threatening to change the landscape of many Kentucky gardens, said Nicole Ward Gauthier, extension plant pathologist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

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