Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/IR00003008/00001
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Title: Plant Pathology Guidelines for Master Gardeners
Physical Description: Fact Sheet
Creator: Pernezny, Ken
Publisher: University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, EDIS
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2001
Acquisition: Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Melanie Mercer.
Publication Status: Published
General Note: "September 2001"
General Note: "PP-183"
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Source Institution: University of Florida Institutional Repository
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the submitter.
System ID: IR00003008:00001

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PP-183 Plant Pathology Guidelines for Master Gardeners 1 Ken Pernezny, Gary Simone, Janice Collins, and Richard Lentini 2 1. This document is PP-183, one of a series of the Plant Pathology Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication Date: September 2001. Please visit the EDIS Web site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu. 2. Ken Pernezny, professor, Plant Pathology Department, Janice Collins, Biological Scientist, Richard Lentini, Computer Applications Coordinator, Everglades Research and Education Center, Belle Glade; and Gary Simone, professor emeritus, Plant Pathology Department: Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32611. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. For information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension Service office. Florida Cooperative Extension Service/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/University of Florida/Christine Taylor Waddill, Dean. A Web Tutorial for Master Gardeners Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by the Florida Cooperative Extension Service to help disseminate horticultural information to our urban, homeowner clientele. Much of the activity of these volunteers centers on the so-called walk-in trade, where clientele arrive at the county office seeking help in identification and control of plant health problems. Plant diseases are particularly difficult to diagnose and most Master Gardeners can benefit from the expertise of professional plant pathologists in developing diagnostic skills geared to the peculiarities of their portion of the state. Half-day sessions on the principles of plant pathology, especially disease diagnosis, have been held for Master Gardener trainees in four counties in southeast Florida, once or twice a year for the past several years. Approximately 480 volunteers have been trained, representing a potential 24,000 hours of volunteer service returned to Cooperative Extension. These volunteers have indicated strongly that they are much more comfortable handling plant health questions because of the exposure to these sessions. Major Topics The major units in this tutorial include sections on plant disease disease symptoms, pathogen signs, disease epidemiology, control, and sample submission. Specific information is given on bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens, as well as common abiotic disorders. Sufficient opportunity exists for the user to constantly test himself on the important principles covered in the program. The Web Address The essentials of the personal presentation can be found at URL http://erec.ifas.ufl.edu/mg/ Collaborators This work has involved collaboration between professional plant pathology staff at EREC and in Gainesville, staff of several county extension offices, and the volunteers themselves. Additional Information For more information contact: Kenneth L. Pernezny, e-mail: klp@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu