2021 Beech Leaf Disease Workshop

April 15, 2021 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
USDA Forest Service

The USDA Forest Service will hold the 2021 Beech Leaf Disease Workshop on Thursday, April 15th from 8:30 am to 5 pm EDT

This workshop gathers forest health experts from the United States and Canada to share information regarding Beech Leaf Disease (BLD), an emerging pest of American beech. Throughout the day, a variety of presentations will be shared on topics of BLD epidemiology, distribution, control, and research efforts.

Presentations include:

  • History and Background of Beech Leaf Disease —  Connie Hausman, Senior Conservation Science Manager, Cleveland Metroparks
  •  Beech Leaf Disease: United States Survey and Monitoring Efforts — Dan Volk, Forest Health Project Coordinator, Cleveland Metroparks
  • Ontario’s search for Litylenchus crenatae ssp. mccannii and beech leaf disease —Sharon Reed, Forest Health Research Scientist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Distribution, history and present status of Litylenchus crenatae in Japan–Natsumi Kanzaki, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan
  • Are birds vectors of the nematode Litylenchus crenatae mccannii, the causal agent of Beech Leaf Disease? —  Chris Lituma, Certified Wildlife Biologist, West Virginia University
  • Increasing Detection, Monitoring, and Sampling for Beech Leaf Disease  — Tom Macy,  Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Survey, long-term plots in Connecticut and research update.  —  Bob Marra, Associate Scientist/Forest Pathologist, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Beech Leaf Disease Updates from New York —  Maria Moskalee & Jessica Cancelliere, NY Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Morphological and molecular observations of Litylenchus crenatae mccannii and BLD — Lynn Carta, Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS,
  • Optimizing rapid detection methods for the nematode Litylenchus crenatae, the associative agent of beech leaf disease — David J Burke, The Holden Arboretum
  • Genetic diversity of Litylenchus crenatae mccannii in BLD-affected trees in Ontario, Canada and potential pathways of introduction  — Katrin Fitza, Post-Doctoral Fellow,  University of Pretoria Dept. of Genetics
  • Diagnosis and detection of beech leaf disease – A combined approach using high throughput sequencing and infrared spectroscopy  — Carrie Fearer, Ph.D. Candidate, The Ohio State University
  • Can beech leaf disease caused by the foliar feeding nematode Litylenchus crenatae mccannii be managed with pesticides? — Andrew L. Loyd, Plant Pathologist, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories
  • Experimental Treatment of Beech: Effect of Phosphite 30 Drench Applications — Connie Hausman, Senior Conservation Science Manager, Cleveland Metroparks

Registered attendees can earn continuing educations credits for the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) for participating in the workshop.

To take part in the workshop, register at https://events-na11.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1103645199/en/events/event/shared/default_template_simple/event_landing.html?sco-id=3089768525

For more information contact:  Cameron McIntire: cameron.mcintire@usda.gov or  Danielle Martin: danielle.k.martin@usda.gov