On Sept. 13, University of Kentucky Forest Health Extension and partners will have a free three-hour online training class over Zoom featuring speakers who will discuss various aspects of laurel wilt disease such as its spread and management. On Sept. 21, they will also host a field component in Christian County so that the public can see the disease firsthand and learn how to effectively collect samples.
Laurel wilt is a newly discovered fungal disease that presents a major threat to sassafras in Kentucky. The disease was first detected in the U.S. in 2003 and in southwestern Kentucky in 2019. In Kentucky, sassafras is the only known host and the primary species at risk for infection. (Despite its name, mountain laurel is not in the laurel family and is not a potential host.) he fungus is moved by the invasive redbay ambrosia beetle.
To register for the free trainings, visit http://www.tinyurl.com/LWD2021