University of Illinois Extension announced that a first-detector training program focusing on tree pests will be offered at five locations in Illinois in February and March 2013. These courses will provide in-depth training on current and emerging pathogens and insects affecting Illinois trees.
The target audience includes certified arborists, tree care professionals, master gardeners, master naturalists, forestry and natural resource professionals, conservationists, and others with an interest in trees. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available.
The objectives of the training include the following:
•Improve first-detector training and invasive species awareness,
•Reduce potential risks from pathogens and pests,
•Increase rapid and affordable plant diagnostic support to local, state, and national agriculture and green industry programs and to end-users.
The 2013 program will focus on Emerald Ash Borer, thousand canker disease, and invasive plant species. Subjects to be covered in the course include:
•Commonly confused look-alikes,