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Plants, Pests and Pathogens

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Sponsored by the N.C. Cooperative ExtensionPlant Disease and Insect Clinic, and the Departments of Plant PathologyEntomology and Horticultural Science.

This free interactive webinar is broadcast live via Zoom as an in-service training for Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers and Extension horticulture agents.

2020 Schedule 

The Fourth Tuesday of the Month, February – October
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

February 25

Current Pest and Plant Disease Issues in NC

Featured Speakers:
Matt Bertone (left), Director/Entomologist
Mike Munster (right), Plant Disease Diagnostician
Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
NC State University

Recording: Watch it on YouTube

March 24

How to Operate a Successful Bee Hotel

Featured Speakers: Elsa Youngsteadt (left), Assistant Professor and Extension Urban Ecology Specialist – Applied Ecology, and Meredith Favre (right), Graduate Student – Entomology and Plant Pathology,
NC State University

Mason bees and leafcutting bees are highly sought-after pollinators whose activity can improve the productivity or seed set of fruit trees, gardens, and other plantings. This webinar will present methods for attracting these pollinators with nesting materials – often known as “bee hotels”, introduce some of the many other beneficial species that may also use these nesting sites, and cover the maintenance required to keep a healthy bee hotel.

April 28

Current Pest and Plant Disease Issues in NC

Featured Speakers:
Matt Bertone (left), Director/Entomologist
Mike Munster (right), Plant Disease Diagnostician
Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
NC State University

May 26

Where the Wild Things Are: Larval Host Plants for Butterflies and Moths 

Featured Speaker: Sam Marshall, Extension Agent, Agriculture – Horticulture, NC State Extension
Moths and butterflies are picky eaters. Of the 150,000 described species, 100% of the larvae are herbivores, and most of those species have a very limited palette of plants on which they feed. In this talk, we will focus on the challenges of being an herbivore, what it means to be a specialist, and the plants you can choose to help support the larval forms of just a few of our most treasured and interesting Lepidopteran species.

June 23

Current Pest and Plant Disease Issues in NC

Featured Speakers:
Matt Bertone (left), Director/Entomologist
Mike Munster (right), Plant Disease Diagnostician
Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
NC State University

July 28

Weed Management in Home Gardens and Landscapes

Featured Speaker: Kira Sims, Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant – NC State Horticultural Science

Kira will share tips for identifying and managing common weeds in home gardens and landscapes with a focus on integrated weed management practices.

August 25

Current Pest and Plant Disease Issues in NC

Featured Speakers:
Matt Bertone (left), Director/Entomologist
Mike Munster (right), Plant Disease Diagnostician
Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
NC State University

September 22

Using the Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox to Find the Right Plant for the Site

Featured Speakers: Lucy Bradley, (left) Professor and Urban Horticulture Extension Specialist, and Kathleen Moore, (right) Extension Program Assistant,
NC State Horticultural Science
The most important decision a gardener makes is selecting the right plant for the right place. Join us in exploring how to make a sustainable decision and learn to use the Extension Gardener Toolbox as a powerful tool to make a plant selection.

October 27

Current Pest and Plant Disease Issues in NC

Featured Speakers:
Matt Bertone (left), Director/Entomologist
Mike Munster (right), Plant Disease Diagnostician
Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
NC State University

Review Plants, Pests and Pathogen webinars from past years:

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