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Speaker: Dr. Fulya Baysal-Gurel, Associate Professor

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    My Educational Programs / Sessions @ Cultivate

    Back2Basics: Sanitation Best Practices for Nurseries
    Monday, July 17 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    This session addresses why you should use sanitation practices at nursery production, mechanically transmitted plant diseases, common disinfectants and improved sanitation/hygiene practices through research results.

    Vascular Streak Dieback Update
    Tuesday, July 18 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    Vascular streak dieback (VSD) is an emerging threat to the woody ornamental industry. This session addresses the research updates regarding identification of the causal agent/s of the VSD, fungicide efficacy trials and redbud cultivar screening. Finally, best management practices for VSD will be discussed.


    Dr. Fulya Baysal-Gurel is an associate professor at the Tennessee State University
    Dr. Fulya Baysal-Gurel is an Associate Professor of Plant Pathology and Associate Dean of Research for College of Agriculture at Tennessee State University. The primary research focus of my program is on the development of sustainable, environmental friendly and economical management practices for woody ornamental diseases. Research emphasis areas are 1) detection, diagnosis of fungal, oomycete, bacterial and viral diseases on woody ornamentals using molecular techniques in nursery production and their management, 2) detection of pathogen and biocontrol agent populations through soil ecosystems, 3) molecular characterization of fungal and bacterial pathogens of field and container-grown woody ornamentals in Tennessee, 4) determining the grower perceptions and knowledge of plant pathogens on woody ornamental production and management practices available, and 5) development of sanitation practices for mechanically transmitted woody ornamental diseases.

    Tennessee State University ... Otis Floyd Nursery Research Center.  
    Dedicated to Improving Nursery Crop Production in Tennessee. Tennessee is home to a vibrant and growing nursery industry. Many of the trees and shrubs planted in the Eastern half of the United States originate from commercial nurseries located in Tennessee. The Tennessee State University Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center is located in the heart of Tennessee's nursery industry, about 80 miles southeast of Nashville in McMinnville, Tennessee.

    Our mission is to provide leadership in strengthening and expansion of our nursery industry through innovative research and extension programs in entomology, genetics, horticulture, pathology, chemical ecology, nursery extension and related sciences.

    Address:     3500 John A. Merritt Blvd. Nashville, TN 37209
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