Date(s) - 05/08/2017-05/09/2017
8:30 pm-5:00 pm
The First Detector program allows for training in some basic observation and surveying skills which are most helpful in the diagnostic process in the volunteer. Additionally, this program aims to train trainers. A Texas Master Gardener Specialist First Detector (TX MGS-FD) is expected to be able to know what to do when observing a suspected exotic pest or pathogen. The TX MGS-FD who qualified are encouraged to share the information learned in the training program to other and will have access to scripted PowerPoint to utilize in their presentations.
The 2017 program will utilize three primary emerging pest/pathogen focus: Emerald Ash Borer, an exotic invasive insect pest that has occasionally been found in certain areas of Texas but has been shown to be established in Texas, Crape Myrtle Bark Scale, which has been found in parts of Texas. A secondary pathogen on interest will be Rose Rosette Virus, causing Rose Rosette Disease which is devastating roses in the Dallas-Fort Worth (north Texas) region, but not found in southern or central parts of Texas.