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Learn how to detect plant pests and diseases

Posted 5/23/2008

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension hosts free workshop June 19

  • What: National Plant Diagnostic Network’s "First Detection Training Workshop"
  • When: 10 a.m. — 3:30 p.m., June 19, 2008
  • Where: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center
  • Who: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension with experts from University of California, Davis—(702) 257-5530

LAS VEGAS - Introduced insect pests and plant diseases can threaten plant populations in a very short time if they go undetected. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will host the National Plant Diagnostic Network’s "First Detection Training Workshop" 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., June 19 at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 S. Maryland Pkwy. Las Vegas 89123.

The First Detector Workshop is for anyone who, in the course of their duties, has a pest (insect or disease) of concern or who is in the position of noticing an unusual outbreak; this includes landscape professionals, horticulturists, foresters, agriculturists, extension educators, master gardeners, nursery workers and pesticide applicators.

Experts from University of California, Davis and the Nevada Department of Agriculture will present the sessions at the workshop. Attendees will learn how to recognize and report suspicious landscape pests, how the National Plant Diagnostic Network works, and what pests currently pose a threat. Attendees also receive a First Detector Certificate of Completion and are enrolled in the National Plant Diagnostic Network.

The workshop is free, but preregistration is required. To register or for more information, contact Karen Dyka at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, (702) 257-5530 or dykak@unce.unr.edu by June 13.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is an outreach arm of the University that extends unbiased, research-based knowledge from the University of Nevada-and other land-grant universities-to local communities. Educational programs are developed based on local needs, sometimes in partnership with other agencies and volunteers. For more information about the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, please visit the website at www.unce.unr.edu or call (702) 222-3130.

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