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AUGUST 26, 2016  news from the ct green industry

SAVE THE DATE: There will be a free Nursery and Landscape Research Tour at the Valley Lab of The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in Windsor on September 15 from 9 am to 1 pm.  Three and one quarter hours of pesticide recertification credits will be given.


The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station – 153 Cook Hill Rd.

Windsor, 860-683-4977<>




Invasive Plants in Our Changing World: Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future

Presented by the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG)

 Tuesday, October 11, 2016-8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Student Union, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

This 8th biennial conference features national, regional, and local experts as well as citizen volunteers sharing practical solutions for invasive plant management and actions needed to promote native species and improve wildlife habitat.  The symposium is open to the public and will include introductory information about invasive plants.  People with all levels of interest and experience are invited to attend.

Nationally-recognized Keynote speaker, Jil Swearingen, co-author of Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas will present, “We’re Moving on Up: Invasive Plants Heading North”.  Karl Wagener, Executive Director of the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality, will speak on “Connecticut’s Future: Rooted in Choice”.  William Hyatt, Vice Chair of the Connecticut Invasive Plants Council, will provide a legislative update.  Charlotte Pyle, formerly with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will deliver closing remarks.

Concurrent afternoon sessions will include:

  • What Are Other States Doing? Panel discussion with New England invasive plant experts.
  • Native Plants for our Pollinators – Creating a balanced and healthy pollinator environment.
  • Management of Key Invasives: Success Stories and Progress Reports
  • Biological Control: No Animal Too Small – Learn about these valuable invasive plant management tools.
  • Aquatic Invasive Plants – Updates on Hydrilla and other new aquatic invasive plant threats.
  • Plants to Watch Out For: Future Threats – What are the new invasives that threaten our borders?


Research and management posters, an invasive plant identification area, and other educational exhibits will be featured throughout the day.  The registration fee includes parking and lunch.  Pesticide Recertification Credits and other continuing education credits (CEU’s) will be available.

Attendees are advised to register early, as the last symposium had record attendance and sold out in advance with 500 attendees. 

REGISTRATION FEE: $50 – EARLY postmarked or online by September 12; $60 – REGULAR postmarked or online after September 12; $25 – STUDENT (must bring current ID) The symposium agenda, online registration, and mail-in registration form are available at For additional information, please contact Donna Ellis at 860-486-6448;


West Nile virus Now Detected in Nine Connecticut Towns

New Haven, CT – The State Mosquito Management Program announced today that mosquitoes trapped in nine Connecticut towns have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).  So far this season, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) has identified WNV infected mosquitoes in Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Hartford, Newington, Stamford, Stratford, West Harford, and West Haven.

“We are seeing a marked increase in the number of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus with recent expansion into new locations in Fairfield, Hartford, and New Haven counties,” said Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES. “These increases are currently being driven by warmer temperatures and recent rainfall events which have created additional mosquito breeding sites.”

“This is the most critical time of summer when virus activity reaches its peak in the mosquito population with increased risk of human infection,” said Dr. Theodore Andreadis, Director of the CAES. “We encourage residents to take measures to prevent mosquito bites, such as using insect repellent and covering bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.”

No horses or humans have been reported with WNV-associated illnesses acquired in Connecticut this season.  During 2015, 10 Connecticut residents developed WNV-associated illnesses including encephalitis and meningitis, none were fatal.  Since 2000, 130 human cases of WNV-associated illnesses including 3 fatalities have been confirmed in the State; of these cases, 7 patients acquired WNV infection while travelling out of state.

The State of Connecticut Mosquito Management Program is a collaborative effort involving the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Agriculture, and the University of Connecticut Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science. These agencies are responsible for monitoring the potential public health threat of mosquito-borne diseases.

The CAES maintains a network of 91 mosquito-trapping stations in 72 municipalities throughout the state. Mosquito traps are set Monday – Thursday nights at each site every ten days on a rotating basis. Mosquitoes are grouped (pooled) for testing according to species, collection site, and date.  Positive findings are reported to local health departments and on the CAES website at

For information on West Nile and other mosquito-borne viruses and how to prevent mosquito bites, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program Web site at


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