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PEST ALERT: Chrysanthemum White Rust in Virginia  (9/30/09)

First find of Chrysanthemum White Rust in Virginia

Chrysanthemum White Rust (CWR), caused by the fungus Puccinia horiana, was found at a Fairfax County retail nursery on September 24th, 2009 by a Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) nursery inspector. Of approximately 171 chrysanthemums in the infected display block, 57 plants showed visible symptoms. All chrysanthemums that displayed symptoms at the nursery were shipped in from out of state. VDACS and APHIS-PPQ laboratories confirmed the samples were positive for CWR on September 28th and the retail nursery began eradication protocols the same day under direction of VDACS. All plants associated with the symptomatic plant block were destroyed. This is the first report of this plant disease in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Norman L. Dart, State Plant Pathologist Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 600 N 5th Street Richmond, VA 23219 Office and Laboratory: 804-371-5086

Click here for a complete Q&A on CWR, how to identify it, controls



VGIC featured in the Research & Editorial section of at

Koci Recognized as the VNLA Professional of the Year 2008 (2/09)

Ingleside Plantation Nurseries Recognized for Good Stewardship (2/09)

   Tragedy at Virginia Tech Memoriam

Industry Consolidates to meet challenge, GO GREEN! (article about VGIC in GREEN PROFIT magazine by Sylvia Wright, June 2007)

Fire ants are emerging nuisance for Virginians (05/29/07)

2007 Spring Gardening Trends (4/7/07)

2006 Summer Gardening Trends 6/25/06

  Arbor Day Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion 2006

Hurricane Mulch Termite Rumor

Witch-Hazel (Hammamelis virginiana)  named 2002 Virginia Wildflower of the Year by the Virginia Native Plant Society See PDF file brochure

Turfgrass May Mitigate Greenhouse Effect by Storing Carbon in Soil  (6/3/03)

Update From Jeri LeMay, President, VGIC 12/20/02

Update From Jeri LeMay, President, VGIC 1/13/03

What's In and What's Out for Gardening 2004



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