AgriLife Extension to present April 13 program on oak wilt, tree selection

AUSTIN —Tree diseases and proper plant selection for Central Texas will be discussed at a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program taking place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 13 in Austin.

The program will be held in Room 1130 of Austin Community College, 1820 W. Stassney Lane.

Identification and prevention of oak wilt will be among the topics discussed at the AgriLife Extension program on March 30 in Austin. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

Identification and prevention of oak wilt, plus tree selection for Central Texas, will be among the topics discussed at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program  April 13 in Austin. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

“Oak wilt, one of the most destructive tree diseases in the United States, is killing oak trees in Central Texas at epidemic proportions,” said Dr. David Appel, AgriLife Extension program leader for plant pathology, College Station. “Plus drought and other types of environmental stress can injure and possibly kill trees, as well as make them more vulnerable to insect and disease pests.”

Appel will be the featured speaker at the program, which will also include Daphne Richards, AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Travis County.

“This is a great opportunity for people to get information about which trees are affected by oak wilt, find out how to identify the disease, learn how it is spread and understand how it can be managed,” Richards said. “Dr. Appel has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on introductory plant pathology, plant disease diagnosis, forest protection and environmental regulations. He is a recognized statewide expert on oak wilt, so this is a unique opportunity to learn from him.”

Richards said the program will address oak wilt in depth, as well as drought-related plant diseases and proper tree selection and planting for the region.

“Certain tree species are better adapted for the climate and soil conditions in Central Texas and how a tree is planted can contribute to its health and longevity,” Richards said.

Cost is $25 and one Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education unit in pesticides for the general category will be offered to participants. Free parking is available in the lot and parking garage in non-reserved spaces.

Water and snacks will be available in the classroom for attendees, she added.

For questions about the program, contact Rosalie Russell at 512-804-2257 or

For questions regarding payment or registration, please contact Texas AgriLife Extension Conference Services at 979-845-2604 or . Enter the keyword “trees” and “Austin” for the location.


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