Workshop Information

First Detector webinar series.

Our First Detector summer webinar series kicks off Wednesday, June 24. Join us each week for a live presentation on some of First Detector's biggest threats. Improve your diagnostic skills with tips and tricks to help you recognize symptoms of common plant problems. Brush up on identification features of pests on the move like spotted lanternfly, Asian longhorned beetle, and oak wilt. What do you do if you think you've found a target pest? We'll review just how easy it is to report!

Presentations begin at 12:30 PM ET / 9:30 AM PT and run for approximately 45 mins followed by a question and answer session. We hope to see you there!

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June 24  |  Diagnostics 101—general scouting tips | Rich Buckley, Rutgers

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July 1  |  Spotted lanternfly  |  Eric Day, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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July 8  |  Oak wilt  |  Brett Arenz, University of Minnesota

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July 15  |  Huanglongbing & Asian citrus psyllid  |  Monique Rivera, University of California, Riverside

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July 22  |  Asian longhorned beetle & emerald ash borer  |  Joe Boggs, The Ohio State University

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July 29  |  Thousand cankers disease & laurel wilt  |  Alan Windham, University of Tennessee

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August 5  |  Sudden oak death  |  Rachel Bomberger, Jenny Glass & Marianne Elliot, Washington State University

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In-person learning.

First Detector workshops are available throughout the U.S., offering First Detector certification programs through trained experts in your region. While most in-person events have been canceled to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many educators are conducting virtual training programs.

Check with your local diagnostic lab or extension office to see if they are planning any virtual training events.


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Contact your state diagnostic lab to find out when the next training is occurring near you!


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