Authors as Published

Mary Ann Hansen, Extension Plant Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science, Virginia Tech; Elizabeth Bush, Extension Plant Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science, Virginia Tech; Adria Bordas, Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Fairfax County; Norm Dart, State Plant Pathologist, Office of Plant Industry Services, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Chuan Hong, Professor and Extension Specialist of Plant Pathology Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Virginia Tech; T. Mike Likins, County Agent, Chesterfield County Extension

Cover, Best Management Practices for Boxwood Blight for Greenery Producers

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Best management practices for boxwood blight (also called “box blight”) for greenery producers are practices recommended to avoid the introduction and spread of boxwood blight, caused by the fungus Calonectria pseudonaviculata (syn. Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum). The recommendations in this document are designed to avoid spread of boxwood blight within a planting or to new locations when pruned tips are collected, sold and/or used for holiday greenery1. These recommendations are relevant to anyone involved in the greenery (“tipping”) industry, including small and large-scale greenery producers, home growers who sell boxwood tips, and people who tip-prune boxwood on other people’s property. Care must be taken at all levels of greenery production to prevent the spread of the boxwood blight pathogen and avoid economic losses associated with this disease.

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Publication Date

January 6, 2021