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Bartlett: Needle Diseases of Conifers

Needlecast and needle blight are terms applied to a variety of foliage disorders of many coniferous species. These diseases are usually more severe on young trees or on trees growing outside of their natural range. Disease severity and corresponding...

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9/15/21
Winter Salt Injury and Salt-Tolerant Landscape Plants

This publication focuses on recognizing and preventing plant damage caused by de-icing salts, evaluates the pros and cons fo alternatives to rock salt, and provides a list of salt tolerant plants. 

Author: Laura Jull, assoicate professor of...

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6/18/21
Loblolly Pine Health in the Southeastern U.S.

Southern pine species such as loblolly, longleaf, shortleaf, and slash cover much of the 
southeastern U.S., and are a critical component of the region’s economy.  Loblolly pine is the 
most widely planted species in the southeastern...

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3/15/21
Lightning Damage to Landscape Palms

Learning to distinguish the symptoms of lightning strikes is a valuable tool for arborists, landscapers, pest control companies, and gardeners. The symptoms may be confused with other causes such as lethal yellowing disease (Candidatus palmae...

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1/19/21
Can an ambitious breeding effort save North America’s ash trees?

Since a devastating fungal blight popped up in the Bronx Zoo in 1904 and went on to kill at least 3 billion chestnut trees, North American forests have been swept by one plague after another, including a fungus that kills elms and an aphidlike insect...

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12/30/20
Bartlett: Emerald Ash Borer Identification, Biology and Management

Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) was first discovered in southeastern Michigan in 2002. Accidentally introduced on solid wood packing material from Asia, EAB has since spread to nearly all states within the native North American range of its...

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9/9/20
Bartlett: Micronutrient Deficiencies

Six elements are required in small amounts for the growth and development of plants. These are referred to as micronutrients: iron (Fe), manganese (Mn) copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), molybdenum (Mo), and boron (B). Only two of these, iron and manganese, are...

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3/10/20
Bartlett: Sonic Tomography

Sonic tomography, or the use of sound waves to detect decay in trees, is a relatively new technology available to arborists.  This technology uses the differential speed of sound as it moves through solid wood, decayed wood, or hollow space to create a...

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1/15/20
Buying better biosecurity: Plant-buying behaviour and the implications for an accreditation scheme in the horticultural sector

The horticultural trade relies on healthy plants to flourish. However, its very nature
means that it is also a key pathway for the introduction and spread of plant pests and diseases.
These pests and diseases threaten horticultural...

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1/8/20
Lightning Protection for Trees

Thousands of trees are struck by lightning every year. These trees will have varying degrees of damage ranging from complete shattering and destruction of the tree, to a slow lingering death, to virtually no apparent damage at all (Figure 1). When...

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12/12/19
Resistance of European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) saplings to larval feeding by the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis)

European ash is a significant tree commercially, ecologically, and culturally. It is currently
threatened by two invasive species, the fungus that causes ash dieback and
the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle. We show that saplings of...

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11/15/19
Conifer Care

Conifers are commonly planted in North America to provide year-round screening, as windbreaks or as focal trees in the landscape. However, conifers including certain species of spruce, pine, hemlock, cedar and fir planted in northern areas of North...

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11/14/19
Using DNA barcoding to improve invasive pest identification at U.S. ports-of-entry

Interception of potential invasive species at ports-of-entry is essential for effective biosecurity
and biosurveillance programs. However, taxonomic assessment of the immature stages
of most arthropods is challenging; characters for...

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9/27/19
Safeguarding global plant health: the rise of sentinels
  • Many exotic plant pests and pathogens are unknown prior to their establishment, making prevention and management difficult.
  • Sentinel plantings to detect pests and pathogens prior to introduction provide information about the likelihood
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5/20/19
North American Forest Futures 2018–2090: Scenarios for Building a More Resilient Forest Sector

North American forests and forest management institutions are experiencing a wide range of significant ecological disturbances and socioeconomic changes, which point to the need for enhanced resilience. A critical capacity for resilience in...

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3/19/19
Shifts in the Abiotic and Biotic Environment of Cultivated Sunflower under Future Climate Change

Sunflower is a unique model species for assessing crop responses and adaptation to climate change. We provide an initial assessment of how climate change may influence the abiotic and biotic environment of cultivated sunflower across the world. We find...

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2/27/19