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Invitation to Tour Texas Ornamental Nurseries


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News Advisory:

Members of the media are invited to accompany leading plant disease experts on a tour of Texas ornamental nurseries on Saturday, July 30. The tour is part of the upcoming annual meeting of The American Phytopathological Society (APS), that will be held July 30 Ė Aug. 3 in Austin, Texas.

Tour participants will observe ornamental facilities in operation including those that produce woody and greenhouse plants. Participants will also see first-hand a variety of new technology now used at nurseries.

The tour begins with a trip to San Antonio, one of the most important agricultural production areas in Texas.

Tour stops include:

-- Mortellaroís Nursery in Shertz, which began as a backyard nursery and now comprises over 70 acres of tree, shrubs, ground cover

-- Peterson Brothers Nursery, a bedding plant operation that retains mostly peat pot production and hand-seeded flats

-- ColorSpot Nurseries, one of the largest national ornamental producers with more than 587 acres

-- Klepac Greenhouses, Blanco, a 10-acre production facility situated on the Blanco River that grows florist-quality blooming plants, tropical foliage, and seasonal holiday crops

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EDITORíS NOTE: Complimentary registration to this and other annual meeting events is available to members of the media by contacting Amy Steigman at asteigman@scisoc.org or 651-994-3802. A news conference on emerging plant diseases will be held at the annual meeting at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 1. Media are invited to attend or call in.

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The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is a non-profit, professional scientific organization. The research of the organizationís 5,000 worldwide members advances the understanding of the science of plant pathology and its application to plant health.



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