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International Boxwood Series FREE SEMINAR
Thursday, June 23, 2022, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM CDT
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International Boxwood Series: 
Biology and Management of Volutella Blight caused by Pseudonectria buxi
June 23, 2022, 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Volutella blight is commonly found on boxwood plants worldwide. Although some consider it mainly a saprophyte surviving on dead tissues, it is capable of initiating disease on live wounded tissues. Here we present some background on the disease, some basic biology on how it causes infections, and end with its disease cycle and recommendations for management in nurseries.
Dr. Tom Hsiang
Professor, School of Environmental Sciences
University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Tom Hsiang is a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada specializing in fungal diseases of plants. Before arriving in Guelph, he worked on tree and landscape plant diseases in Washington State, U.S.A, where he obtained his Ph.D. (University of Washington) and conducted post-doctoral studies (Washington State University). He is from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Forest Biology & Pathology at the University of British Columbia. His current teaching and research involve diseases of trees and turfgrasses, particularly biology and genomics of fungal pathogens as well as disease management.
About the Boxwood Blight Insight Group (BBIG)
Boxwood Blight Insight Group (BBIG) is a team of scientists working together on an USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture – Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) project, in partnership with stakeholders and international collaborators. 
This transdisciplinary team and its partners aim to safeguard boxwood—the nation’s #1 evergreen ornamental shrub crop—from blight disease, thus saving an iconic plant featured in American landscapes since 1653. 
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The Horticultural Research Institute has created a web-based series featuring key research findings that help environmental horticulture businesses tHRIve. These web-based offerings cover research that is directly funded by HRI as well as federally funded research. HRI was created to improve the horticultural community through research that addresses critical issues and new innovations. HRI trustees recognize that research is critical to help our industry succeed and grow, and sharing new findings is part of that equation. New content will be added throughout the year and may be viewed for free at www.HRIresearch.org/thrive.