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Boxwood Blight - A New Threat to Michigan Landscapes
Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

3 - 4:30 p.m.  

Boxwood blight, or "box blight", is a serious fungal disease of boxwood. It was first reported in the UK in 1994, and is now in 12 European countries and into Asia. In the US, it has been reported in 28 states, and was detected for the first time in Michigan late last year. It is predicted to spread throughout boxwood growing areas of North America. Join Dr. Monique Sakalidis as she explains what to look for and what to do if you suspect boxwood blight in your landscape.    

About the Speaker: Monique Sakalidis, PhD
Dr. Monique Sakalidis is an Assistant Professor of Forest Pathology in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences and the Department of Forestry at MSU. Dr. Sakalidis received her PhD in her hometown of Perth, Western Australia, at Murdoch University and was a post-doctoral fellow at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, CA. The Sakalidis lab currently has active projects on oak wilt, white pine, spruce decline, Phytophthora root rot, HRD, and brown rot of chestnut, and is always on the lookout for new problematic tree diseases in forested, nursery, Christmas tree and urban settings.



Cost: FREE for 2019 re-certified MSU Extension Master Gardeners and Trainees! All participants must register online in advance.  

Registration Deadline: Monday, May 27, 2019

Education Hours: This program qualifies for 1.5 hours of Master Gardener Program education credit. Report your hours in the VMS by selecting the project "2019 Free Webinar - Boxwood Blight".
The webinar will be recorded and posted in the VMS for future reference.

How to Connect: Registrants will receive an email message on Tuesday, May 28th, with the webinar link and instructions. (Be sure to check your Inbox and Spam folders for this email.)

First time webinar viewers: Never participated in a webinar? No worries. Registrants will be emailed an overview of how to get started, complete with screen shots. Plus, there’s a help line to contact if you encounter any difficulties.

 Zoom Webinar:

  • Login with your email address and name. Do not use your VMS user name and password. They will not work to access this site.
  • Test your connection in advance.
  • Best connections occur when your computer is directly connected to an Ethernet wire as opposed to wireless.
  • Close down all other programs on your computer.
  • Enter the virtual room 10 – 15 minutes early to verify your connection and audio volumes. (All audio will come through your computer speakers or headset.)
  • Questions can be asked through the chat pod.
  • Additional connection basics and tips will be emailed to participants prior to the webinar.

Boxwood Blight: A New Threat to Michigan Landscapes

Registration for Boxwood Blight - A New Threat to Michigan Landscapes is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on May 27, 2019.

There are 250 openings available.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

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