UF to Offer Online Disease Management Course in September
Growers looking to improve their prevention and management of diseases in nurseries and greenhouses can now register for Disease Management, the fourth course of the Greenhouse Online Training courses offered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension.
This intermediate course is designed for growers with some experience and training. Topics covered include how to differentiate between a disease and other issues, disease prevention tips, organic and conventional disease management options, and how to safely apply and handle fungicides. The course is offered in English and Spanish.
Carrie Harmon, director of the UF/IFAS Plant Diagnostic Center in Gainesville, Florida, and executive director of the National Plant Diagnostic Network teaches the course. Growers have described the training as “easy to understand and follow,” and that it helped them “feel more capable identifying disease problems, and less intimidated by the disease books on the shelf.”
The course runs from Sept. 13 to Oct. 8, 2021. The cost is $249 per participant, with a 20% discount if you register five or more. Materials are completely online, and include pre-recorded videos, an interactive discussion board with PhD professors, and quizzes. Lessons are available at any time of the day, and two new modules are activated each week during the course, for a total of eight learning modules.