Resources for landscapes and gardens in the Midwest
The Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab (PPDL) recently received samples of Mugo Pine and Spruce that exhibited reddish-brown bands on needles of lower branches (Figs 1 & 2). Microscopic examination of needles confirmed the presence of Dothistroma,(Fig 3) a fungus that causes red band needle blight. Needles infected with Dothistroma first exhibit dark green[Read More…]
Fungi are a unique group of organisms—so unique that they are put into a separate category called a ‘Kingdom’. In Kingdom Fungi, some members cause rust, scab, powdery mildew, leaf spots and blights (to name but a few!). When these fungi are ‘out of control’ many people turn to fungicides. What are fungicides and how[Read More…]
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