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New Interactive Plant Manager Makes Diagnosis Easy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2008
Contact: Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, jlg23@cornell.edu, 631 420 2022

by Mary Woodsen

New Interactive Plant Manager Makes Diagnosis Easy

The Interactive Plant Manager, a new online guide from the New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program, helps you diagnose and deal with insect pests of ornamental trees and shrubs. Search from the homepage by pest name, plant name, signs, and symptoms to learn what’s eating your plant and what to do about it. Our easy-to-read fact sheets include range maps, photos of pests and the damage they cause, and life-cycle charts to help you time least-toxic controls.

“What a great resource—a one-stop shop for pest questions,” says Margaret Fox-Jackson, a landscape designer who helped test the website. “It’s a real convenience for the industry.”

Landscapers, arborists, nursery growers, landscape architects, extension educators, and homeowners—all can use the concise yet comprehensive materials. Also available: quick links to pesticide guidelines and other resources.

“We anticipate using this website with our clients to help them understand their landscape problems,” says Gary Carbocci, an arborist with Goldberg and Rodler Tree Care. “It’s something we’ve all needed.”

The Interactive Plant Manager focuses on the most common insects of New York and the Northeast. More insects, as well as tree and shrub diseases, will be added to the database later in 2008 and 2009.

You can find the Interactive Plant Manager here. Integrated pest management seeks least-toxic ways to deal with pests.