Plant Pathology Sessions During Master Gardener Training Fall 2017

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In October we launched our improved hands-on activities for the master gardener training on campus. This year 341 trainees came to campus to bring the concepts learned in our webcast to practice.

In the plant pathology section, participants rotated through 12 stations that had plant parts with symptoms and (with or without) signs. The main goal of the session was to sharpen the participant's observation skills and look at plant problems with an analytical mind.

One of the goals of the training was to differentiate between biotic diseases (infectious) and abiotic disorder (non-infections).

Participants were puzzled by the different size and shapes of pathogen signs on the stations and practiced some of the terms used to describe symptoms.

The answers to the symptoms and signs activity on page 124 in your workbook can be downloaded until Nov 30 in this link

Like our PIDC's Facebook page to see our photos of the training days, search our Facebook page using the hashtag #MGFall2017, see example below using the Facebook search bar.

Congratulation to our trainees for their great curiosity, and we hope the training was as fulling hands-on experience as it was for us!!!

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Authors: 

Lina Rodriguez Salamanca Extension Plant Pathologist and Diagnostician (Program Specialist II)

Dr. Lina Rodriguez Salamanca is an extension plant pathologist and diagnostician with the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, a member of the North Central Plant Diagnostic Network (NCPDN) and National Plant Diagnostic Net...