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Free green industry class to discuss plant disorders

Posted 6/25/2019

a lawn turning brown

Browning turfgrass is a common sight during the summer months and could be the result of an abiotic or biotic disorder. Photo by Wendy Hanson Mazet, Cooperative Extension.

Cooperative Extension series teaches sustainable horticulture to local professionals

As part of the Green Industry Continuing Education Series, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension presents “Abiotic & Biotic Disorders,” noon-1 p.m., July 10, at the Cooperative Extension Office at 4955 Energy Way in Reno. This program offers current, research-based information useful to Nevada’s green-industry professionals.

“Biotic disorders are caused by living things, while abiotic disorders are caused by non-living things,” said Jenn Fisher, Cooperative Extension Commercial Horticulture Program coordinator. “Understanding the difference helps industry professionals know how to treat common landscape problems quickly and accurately.”

Leslie Lyles, with Stewardship Horticultural, will teach the class, providing examples of abiotic and biotic disorders and explaining how to easily diagnose the disorders on the job.

The workshop is free and offers one International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and one Pesticide Applicator CEU. Register online at the class registration page.

For more information on “Abiotic & Biotic Disorders” and other upcoming classes, visit the series website, or contact Fisher at or 775-336-0249. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the class they intend to attend.

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