University of Florida Hosts Online Courses in Disease Management

Improve your disease prevention and management in nurseries and greenhouses by enrolling in Disease Management, the fourth award-winning online greenhouse education course offered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension. This intermediate course is designed for growers with some experience and training. Topics include how to differentiate disease from other problems, disease prevention tips, biological and conventional disease management options, and how to safely apply and handle fungicides. The course is offered in English and Spanish.

Dr. Carrie Harmon, director of the UF/IFAS Plant Diagnostics Center in Gainesville, Florida, and co-director of the National Plant Diagnostics Network, teaches the course. Producers described the training as “detailed but digestible, emphasizing practical and applicable knowledge in the field” and that it helped them “feel more able to identify disease problems and less intimidated by the books on the diseases on the shelf”.

The course runs from September 19 to October 14, 2022. The cost is $249 per participant, with a 20% discount if you enroll five or more. All course material is fully online and available any time of the day and includes pre-recorded videos, an interactive discussion forum with Ph.D. faculty, and quizzes. Two new modules are activated each week during the course, for a total of 8 learning modules. Teaching is self-paced and self-paced over the 4 week course, with a typical time commitment of approximately 6 hours per week. Click here to join ( ).

Disease Management is one of the courses included in the new Plant Health Professional Certification Program launched in July 2022. This program is supported by the University of Florida’s UF IFAS extension (UF Greenhouse Training Online ) and expansion of the Michigan State University (MSU Online College of Knowledge) floriculture program for greenhouse customers who have successfully completed several existing courses from both programs

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