Aaron Palmateer serves up expert ornamentals solutions.
Meet Aaron Palmateer, Ph.D., Senior Technical Service Representative for Bayer Ornamentals. He has more than 15 years of plant pathology experience and over 10 years working with ornamentals.
Dr. Palmateer received his doctorate in plant pathology from Auburn University and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Plant and Soil Science from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Prior to joining Bayer, Dr. Palmateer served as an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist of Ornamental Plant Pathology, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, IFAS. He has extensive experience solving problems and providing pest and disease management recommendations for ornamental producers and landscape professionals.
Scale insects, including mealybugs, are notorious for attacking all types of ornamental plants and when not controlled, can even travel across the country on plant material. Any time growers accept new plant material, it’s critical to consider that there is the potential for introducing pests.
Powdery mildews are among the most common challenges growers face when trying to deliver a plant with superior quality. Powdery mildew fungi are obligate plant parasites, meaning they require a living host to complete their lifecycle. They typically do not kill plants, but they colonize and infect the upper leaf surface, quickly reducing quality and rendering plants unsaleable.
Altus® – Answering Market Challenges with a New Pest Control Solution
In response to a growing need for innovative pest control solutions that manage insect pests, while also having low impact on pollinators, Bayer developed flupyradifurone, the active ingredient featured in Altus
. Learn about the key benefits of integrating Altus into your existing IPM program.
Phytophthora Diseases Affecting Ornamentals & the Potential for Foliar Outbreaks
Ornamental disease surveys and diagnostic reports indicate foliar outbreaks of Phytophthora
remain a persistent issue affecting our industry. Species of Phytophthora
are present in all ornamental nurseries with the potential to cause significant disease of great economic importance.
Botrytis Blight on Greenhouse and Nursery Ornamentals
Gray mold or Botrytis blight, is one of the most destructive and economically important diseases affecting greenhouse grown ornamental plants. It is a fungus that has the capability of living on both dead and live plant material, which makes it one of the more challenging plant pathogens to control.
In warmer climates, whiteflies can breed year around, moving from one host to another as plants go through the production cycle. Whiteflies can quickly build up to high numbers on susceptible plants and colonies occur on the underside of leaves, making them more difficult to target.