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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 →

Tips for sending samples to the diagnostic lab and more…

The last few weeks have been challenging with travel and ensuring that all things work smoothly at the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab.  A few good news and a bunch of not so good ones. On the good side, we will be receiving some (minor) funding in a collaborative project with several other universities to take images of plant pathogen and to catalog them so that it may be used as a tool and reference for pathogen identification. We are also expecting a new staff member (Extension Assistant)… Read More →

Interesting things learned at a Fruit meeting.

The past two weeks have been “fast and furious” with samples, students, interviews and customer service responses.  I wish that there are more people in the Plant Clinic so that we are able to provide a better service to the folks.  Unfortunately I only have one diagnostician, several able-bodies students and a limited amount of time.   Another things that I wish for is that meeting are all done in College Station, where I can come and go as I like and still get work done at the… Read More →

Things may not seem as they appear.

Sorry for the late Friday musing post due to a trip to South Caroline for a wedding.  That adventure (including a foray to my old stomping ground at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens will be for another Friday.  Friday musings better late than never…   Two Fridays ago, I was greeted upon entering the Plant Clinic with a wet lobby and a soaked secretary table.  Looking up, I could see where the water infiltrated our lobby.  I sent Bobbi, our Technical Secretary upstairs to see if the folk… Read More →

More gene-for-gene theory demystification.

As promised, today I get to share with you the works of plant pathologists from University of Georgia.  A fun way to explain gene-for-gene theory.  I guess there may be a couple of jokes that only a plant geek can appreciate, but (wow!) the educational value of the video – priceless. Hopefully, the funny looks at some complex theories will give you some insights into how a plant pathologist thinks and how they(we) act.  There are so many aspects in the world of plant pathology.  Enjoy…. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDwhr1mTO5s[/youtube]