Monthly Archives: November 2016

Leaf Scorch and Winter Drying of Woody Plants

Leaf scorch occurs whenever water needed for growth and health of plant foliage is lost from leaves faster than it can be replaced from soil. Any factor that interferes with uptake or movement of water through plants cause water deficiency

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Tree Wounds – Invitations to Wood Decay Fungi

Wood decay leads to loss of tree vigor and vitality, resulting in decline, dieback, and structural failure. Wounds play an important part in this process since they are the primary point of entry for wood decay pathogens. While other factors

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Featured Publication

Genetically Engineered Crops – A Review of Concerns and Benefits (PPFS-MISC-07) The manipulation of the genetic make-up of crops raises numerous concerns and questions for many consumers. Are they safe? What are the benefits of GMOs? This publication aims to

Posted in Featured Publications

New Plant Pathology Website

The UK Department of Plant Pathology has launched its new website.  The link to the new homepage is http://plantpathology.ca.uky.edu. As a result of this change, all webpages, along with many publications (particularly PPFSs fact sheets and some Midwest fruit publications),

Posted in Announcements

Attention Fruit Growers – Has Spotted Wing Drosophila Impacted You?

If you grow fruit in Kentucky, we would like to know if you have been impacted by the spotted wing drosophila (SWD).  We would also like to know if you used the Facebook page SWDinKY or if you used traps

Posted in Fruit

How Dry Seasons Affect Woody Plants

Recent weather patterns have resulted in dry conditions in many areas of Kentucky. However, water is an essential component to plant mass and is vital to growth, carbohydrate production, and nutrient transport. During periods of below-average rainfall or when rain

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Fall Invaders

Beetles, bugs, and flies are some of the creatures actively seeking protected overwintering sites as days get shorter and cooler. Many produce stains or unpleasant odors if crushed. Scavengers, such as carpet beetles, can be attracted to accumulations of insects

Posted in Household Pests