Oak Wilt, Dutch Elm Disease,
Ash Decline, Sudden Oak Death & More
David L. Roberts, Ph.D.
Michigan State University Extension
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Welcome to the home web page of Landscape Tree Diseases. The information contained herein represents some of the areas with which I have developed an interest, whether of an Extension (university outreach) or a research nature. As a Plant Pathologist, my obvious area of expertise is plant disease. Over the years, my direction has changed somewhat from general disease/diagnostic efforts to the more economically important diseases. Hence, the objective of this web site is to provide you with information on economically important or lethal diseases on often extremely valuable plants.
Trees represent some of the most valuable plants in landscapes and nurseries. Trees are often valued in the $10,000's whether property value or removal costs are considered. In the landscape, trees are often quite large and many have been growing for well over 100 years. Some of them were growing at the time of the American Civil War when Lincoln was President and/or during other significant times in American history. While most people value their trees and would do anything to save them, we, as humans, often unknowingly and unintentionally, do things which threaten their very existence. By providing this information on this site, I hope that trees will receive the respect and consideration they truly deserve. If the information provided in this web site saves even one tree from destruction, I will feel that I have succeeded in my objective.
I would like to recognize and thank Sandi Rosa who designed and administers this site. Without her valuable assistance, this site would not have been feasible. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to email either one of us.
Crop Advisory Team (CAT) Newsletters - Various Articles by Dr.
Archive collection of media files on Emerald Ash Borer noteworthy news materials.
Detroit Free Press: 4/18/02 "From his office at Tollgate Education Center in Novi, plant pathologist Dave Roberts is busy fielding calls from professional arborists, city foresters and home owners, all worried about the health of their ash trees..." Detroit Free Press: 9/21/01 "Borers attack ailing ash trees"
Detroit News: 9/4/01 "The trouble with ash trees" Detroit Free Press: 9/3/01 "Ash trees in the area mysteriously dying"
Detroit Free Press: 2/18/00 "Something is killing the majestic oak..."
Associated Press: 9/25/00 "Experts worry oak wilt ...spreading"
Detroit Free Press: 8/17/00 "Protecting the beech tree: bark disease..."
|Awards:||*2000 President's Award, "for
to the Landscape Industry," by Metropolitan
Landscape Association, now Michigan
Industry Association MGIA
*Michigan State University Nursery/Landscape & Ornamental Team "for Leadership"
*Michigan Arborists Association "for the advancement of education programs in Arboriculture"
|Member:||MSU Nursery/Landscape & Ornamental Area of Expertise Team
The American Phytopathological Society (APS) http://www.apsnet.org/
Sandi Rosa, Administrative Assistant & Web Administrator
Michigan State University Extension Southeast
Sandi implemented this educational site as an outreach effort to encompass the web audience. She enjoys working with digital photography and the chance to create graphic designs, and is studying to further enhance her web publishing skills.
|Contact:|| David L. Roberts,
Michigan State University Extension Southeast
28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi, MI 48377-3128
Michigan State University
B17 Plant & Soil Sciences
East Lansing, MI 48824-1359
Roberts at: firstname.lastname@example.org
with any comments or questions.
| Dave's photo courtesy Diane Lacy of Diane Lacy Photography.
All photos contributed by Dr. Roberts unless otherwise noted.
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