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Texas Gardeners Invited to ’Ask the Plant Doctor’ at Local Event


ST. PAUL, Minn., July 13 -- Residents of Austin, Texas, and surrounding areas are invited to bring their plant health questions to a special town meeting with plant disease experts on Saturday, July 30. The event is part of The American Phytopathological Society’s (APS) Annual Meeting that will bring more than 2,000 plant disease experts to Austin, July 30 – August 3.

The town meeting will include a panel of APS members who will address questions from the audience. Speakers will explain the principles of plant health management for ornamental plants, offer tips on how to manage plant diseases naturally, and provide an overview of plant diseases found in Texas.

“With thousands of experts on plant diseases in the city, we feel this is a unique opportunity to expose gardeners and local residents to this important science,” said Town Meeting Organizer Kevin Ong, an assistant professor and extension plant pathologist at Texas A&M University, Research and Extension Center in Dallas.

This free event is open to the public on Saturday, July 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin. To register for the town meeting, contact Shannon Kloesel at the Travis County Extension office at 512-854-9600. Registration is limited.

Complimentary registration to the annual meeting is available to members of the media by contacting Amy Steigman at or 651-994-3802. A news conference on emerging plant diseases will be held at the annual meeting at 10 a.m., Monday, August 1. Media are invited to attend or call in by dialing 888-872-2038 and entering guest code 1202, followed by the pound key.


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


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