Fruit disease workshop slated for Wednesday at U of A

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

FAYETTEVILLE -- The University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture will hold a workshop to help growers and crop consultants understand and manage diseases in small fruits.

The George E. Templeton Jr. Memorial Endowment and the U of A department of plant pathology will present the workshop March 11 from 9 a.m .to 1 p.m. in the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center in Fayetteville. The workshop is free and includes lunch.

W. Douglas Gubler, extension plant pathologist at the University of California, Davis, will instruct the course. Gubler is an expert on fruit diseases and well known for his work on grapevines and fungal diseases of small fruit crops.

The workshop will focus on fruits grown in Arkansas, including strawberries, grapes, muscadines, blueberries, blackberries, peaches and apples. Topics include:

* general overview of fruit diseases,

* management and production practices,

*experience with fruit diseases in California and elsewhere, and

* introduction of U of A Division of Agriculture faculty with fruit expertise.

The workshop will also include an expert panel question and answer session with U of A faculty from plant pathology, horticulture and entomology.

The Pauline Whitaker Center is located on Garland Avenue (Hwy. 112) about two miles north of the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.

For more information or to reserve a seat for the workshop, contact Debby Monfort by phone, (501) 438-2044, or e-mail, dmonfort@uark.edu.

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