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Sustainable Disease Management Solutions for Cut Flower Growers
Welcome to the American Floral Endowment's Grow Pro Webinar Series! Throughout this series, our nationally recognized researchers, hosts, and speakers will offer ‘how-to’ advice based on AFE-funded and other research projects to help the industry navigate through these ever-changing growing challenges. The webinar topics are current and offer long-term opportunities for growers to focus on increased profit, greater sustainability, and improved labor efficiency. Each session includes a presentation and interactive Q&A. To see the full series calendar visit endowment.org/GrowPro.

The October 24th session of our series focuses on sustainable disease management solutions for cut flower growers.

Plant diseases are one of the most important problems faced by the cut flower industry. Given the high expectations for product quality, appropriate disease management practices are necessary to both secure yield and meet the high aesthetic standards that consumers expect. The availability of environmentally sound, broad-spectrum, effective disease management options that can be integrated in sustainable farming is a high priority for this multi-million-dollar industry. This webinar will review the use of a non-pesticide-based soil disinfestation technique, known as anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD), for its potential to reduce soilborne disease damage in cut flower production.

Topics will include:
• Information on anaerobic soil disinfestation
• Information on different resources available for disease management specific to specialty cut flower operations
• Pathogen biology
• Favorable conditions for disease development
• Management options

Speaker: Dr. Francesca Hand, The Ohio State University
(see bio below)

Oct 24, 2023 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Francesca Hand
Associate Professor @The Ohio State University
Francesca Hand is an Associate Professor of Plant Pathology and State Extension Specialist for Ornamental Plant Pathology at The Ohio State University. Previously, she received a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Florence, Italy and she conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California Davis. The purpose of her research and extension program at OSU is to investigate disease epidemiology, biology and ecology of fungal, oomycete and bacterial pathogens, from which she develops detection and control strategies.