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Dr. Gary Knox is the 2020 recipient of the Sidney B. Meadows Award of Merit from the International Plant Propagators’ Society (IPPS), Southern Region of North America. The Meadows award honors and recognizes outstanding individuals for their contributions to the nursery industry and to plant propagation in the Southern Region of North America. It is the highest honor bestowed upon an IPPS Southern Region member. Gary first became a member of IPPS in 1979 when he was a student at Purdue University. Dr. Knox is now with the University of Florida/IFAS as professor of environmental horticulture, Nursery Crops Extension Specialist, and director of Gardens of the Big Bend at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy. Dr. Knox is heavily involved in research and extension on nursery/landscape issues like pollinator plants, rose rosette disease, crapemyrtle bark scale, and invasive plants. On a more uplifting note, he also…

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The crapemyrtle bark scale team started 2019 off with an afternoon session at GSHE in Mobile, Alabama on January 30, 2019. Attendees included landscapers, growers, regulators and other researchers. Some of the topics covered included new crapemyrtle cultivars, common pests and pathogens of crapemyrtles, management of crapemyrtle bark scale in the landscape and nursery, and alternative plant hosts of crapemyrtle bark scale. The PDFs of the presentations can be downloaded from the Presentations page.

Dr. Mengmeng Gu and collaborators have recently been awarded a 4-year $3.3 M grant from the USDA to tackle the crapemyrtle bark scale. The research involved collaborators all across the USA. The project will determine the population cycles of crapemyrtle bark scale, best management practices, biological control options, and even insecticide residue testing. See AgriLife Today press release for more information:

Welcome to the crapemyrtle bark scale resource website. Here we will house information on research being conducted within the USA on the biology, population cycles, plant hosts, and management strategies as we learn about it. Subscribe to our RSS feed to get updates as they come along.