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I’m a Leaf Baller, Insect Galler!

Written by Megan Turner – TPDDL Student Worker; Edited by Hannah Ayala – Extension Assistant Have you noticed strange bumps or swelling on your tree leaves? There could be something living in there! More than 2000 species of insects in the United States create these bumps, properly termed galls, to protect their young while they are developing. While most commonly caused by tiny wasps, they can also be caused by other insects, mites, nematodes, bacteria, and fungi. Eighty percent of galls reported in the US are found on… Read More →

Student worker/ BESC Internship

The Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab is looking for a students who are interested in gaining some experience in an applied plant pathology service laboratory. Undergraduate Extension (Lab) assistant to assist Diagnostician and Assistant Diagnostician at the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab to perform various diagnostic analysis on plant specimens.  This is an opportunity of the motivated student gain lab work experience. Student will be trained to perform specific lab task as needed.  Desirable skills and knowledge include familiarity with computer, some basic lab skill (chemistry/biochemistry/biology/microbiology). To apply: please send resume… Read More →

Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

The Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab will be closed from December 23, 2001 to January 1, 2012.   Today has been a hectic day trying to get everything done so that we can really go on a break. The student workers are off on their semester break. Things in the labs still continues. As with most biological type work, things must go on living.  So someone will have to come in to check on the cultures.  Lately, we had been getting some rains throughout Texas.  It is also… Read More →

Plant disease and their worldwide impact.

One of the reason that I am interested in plant diseases is that the microbes causing these diseases can have a huge effect on humankind. It also gives me some satisfaction that with a plant pathology degree and my innate curious nature, I can “hopefully” make contributions to stop or manage some of the plant disease problems that can detrimentally affect humans. Recently, I came across a news report which mentions a slump in Indonesian cocoa exports in part due to a disease called Vascular-Streak dieback. That report… Read More →

Dye-infused living plants. Whadya think ’bout that?

First my disclaimer – I am a plant pathologist, not a horticulturist. But I do like plants A LOT.  Ever so often, something that I read captures my eye.  This week it was about dye-infused plants, in particular a spotlight on GreenhouseGrower.com about a dye-infused yellow anthurium (Princess Alexia Yellow) that was introduced to the European market.  This plant is not available to growers in the US.  I thought it was great because of the discussion that ensued amongst the readers of this site, usually professional ornamental production… Read More →