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Chicago Region 2020 Tree Census

The Morton Arboretum has released the results of its 2020 Chicago region tree census. Findings include the loss of an estimated 6 million ash trees, felled by the emerald ash borer. Chicago's canopy cover decreased from 19% to 16%, largely because of...

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5/4/21
Bartlett Tree Experts Series: Sustainable Landscape Management

Greg reviews the key components to maintaining our stressed landscapes with tried and true Sustainable Landscape Management practices.

Speaker: Greg Paige, Director of Horticulture and Arboretum Curator, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories and...

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12/15/20
Insect Pests in the Landscape

Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension Entomologist, will discuss the frequently seen insect pests of trees & shrubs in the landscape during the 2020 growing season. This presentation will provide tips and tricks for diagnosing insects in the field as well...

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12/4/20
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
Long-term Impacts & Management of Emerald Ash Borer

The results of 14 years of monitoring ash mortality and forest ecosystems in Ohio and Pennsylvania show how EAB has impacted these landscapes. Rare “lingering” ash trees have been identified and studied to understand long-term survival prospects for...

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4/20/20
A Call to Action for Ash Tree Conservation and Resistance Breeding

Ash tree species in North America are under mortal threat from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), now in 35 states and five Canadian provinces. There are ongoing efforts to conserve this native tree species by producing genetically diverse, resistant...

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3/30/20
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: 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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2/10/20
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
Emerald Ash Borer Update

Nate Siegert, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service, discusses the latest information pertaining to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and its continued spread across the urban forests of the U.S. and Canada. Learning Objective: Attendees will better understand the...

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11/11/19
Oak decline in the United States

Oak decline is a slow-acting disease complex that involves the interaction of biotic and abiotic factors such as climate, site quality and advancing tree age. Oak decline occurs more commonly among red oak species, but white oaks are susceptible as...

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10/14/19
Can We Vaccinate Trees to Protect Against Diseases?

Tree diseases are controlled primarily by spray applications of fungicides. Increased legislative restrictions regarding the use and application of fungicides stimulated by a greater environmental awareness means new techniques of disease control are...

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9/12/19
Bartlett Tree Experts: Saving Storm Damaged Trees and Shrubs

Ice or snow loads can cause branch breakage or failure of entire trees and shrubs. Branches or entire trees that fall in storms can impact homes, vehicles, power lines and block roads. After a storm, the first priorities are safety and restoration of...

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9/12/19
Prioritizing the conservation needs of United States tree species: Evaluating vulnerability to forest insect and disease threats

Insect and disease infestations pose major threats to several North American forest tree species.
Scientists and managers from throughout the United States Forest Service developed a conservation priority-setting framework for forest tree...

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4/10/19
Exotic urban trees conserve similar natural enemy communities to native congeners but have fewer pests

Urban trees serve a critical conservation function by supporting arthropod and vertebrate communities but are often subject to arthropod pest infestations. Native trees are thought to support richer arthropod communities than exotic trees but may also...

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3/13/19
Forest Health and Biotechnology: Possibilities and Considerations

The American chestnut, whitebark pine, and several species of ash in the eastern United States are just a few of the North American tree species that have been functionally lost or are in jeopardy of being lost due to outbreaks of pathogens and insect...

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1/8/19
Green-Wood Cemetery GIS Project

This is an example of how a historic landscape and public garden used GIS to map, track, and monitor tree health on their grounds. The presentation highlights how one might be able to use GIS at their public garden and some of the key features GIS...

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10/31/18
Denver Botanic Gardens-Emerald Ash Borer Video

In collaboration with the band Flobots, Denver Botanic Gardens created a fun educational video on the impacts of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer. 

 

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10/9/17