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Title: Boxwood Blight: A new scourge, a new paradigm for collaborative research

item PALMER, CRISTI - Rutgers University
item Shishkoff, Nina

Submitted to: Outlooks on Pest Management
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/20/2014
Publication Date: 6/15/2014
Citation: Palmer, C., Shishkoff, N. 2014. Boxwood Blight: A new scourge, a new paradigm for collaborative research. Outlooks on Pest Management. 25:230-236.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The genus Buxus is prized for its use as individual specimen plants, hedges, parterres and landscape groupings. In general, boxwood suffers from few pests or diseases, which is one reason the recent introduction of boxwood blight disease to Europe and North America has been so significant to people who grow boxwood. The U.S. addressed this devastating disease by fostering an unprecedented level of collaboration among scientists, growers, regulators, and crop protection industry. AmericanHort and IR-4 facilitated the formation of a research team comprised of government and university researchers to study key factors in disease development and mitigation under U.S. conditions. The U.S. research team is collaborating with European and New Zealand scientists, where this disease has been present for a number of years. This article summarizes research to date on disease epidemiology and mitigation strategies and highlights current research activities sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).