Recent Updates

  1. Diagnosing Sick Plants

    This is the second fact sheet in a series of ten designed to provide an overview of key concepts in plant pathology. Plant pathology is the study of plant disease including the reasons why plants get sick and how to control or manage healthy plants.
  2. 20 Questions on Plant Diagnosis

    This is the third fact sheet in a series of ten designed to provide an overview of key concepts in plant pathology. Plant pathology is the study of plant disease including the reasons why plants get sick and how to control or manage healthy plants. Proper diagnosis of plant problems is a key factor in plant health management. As urban forester Alan Siewert quips: “Treatment without diagnosis, as in medicine, is malpractice.” Despite this, diagnostics is often not given adequate attention.
  3. Current Sanitation Practices for Leafy Green Vegetables For Processors, Retailers and Consumers

    More consumers are making an effort to increase their fruit and vegetable intake because of their heightened awareness of their value for a healthy diet. However, fresh produce, especially leafy green vegetables, are the first among the top ten riskiest foods in the United States. Since 1998, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System reported thousands of outbreaks, illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths due to current sanitation and handling practices.
  4. Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Native Bees

    Threats to Native Bees Ohio is home to approximately 500 native bee species. These diverse bees play important roles as pollinators of agricultural crops and native plants. Mason bees, mining bees, leaf cutting bees and sweat bees are just a few of the most common types of bees seen in gardens and landscapes.
  5. Processed Meats, Red Meats and Colorectal Cancer Risk

    In October 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which for the first time listed processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans” and red meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” This report specifically identified both types of meat as potential causes of colorectal cancer. This fact sheet is intended to help readers understand the research behind this report, as well as the report’s implications for health and well-being.
  6. Sanitation and Phytosanitation (SPS)

    This is the tenth fact sheet in a series of ten designed to provide an overview of key concepts in plant pathology. Plant pathology is the study of plant disease including the reasons why plants get sick and how to control or manage healthy plants.
  7. Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Bumble Bees

    Threats to Bumble Bees Fuzzy, furry bumble bees—sometimes called the teddy bears of the bee world—are frequently seen in Ohio gardens. Although about a dozen species are considered native to the state, the common eastern bumble bee (Bombus impatiens) is the most common garden visitor. Several formerly common bumble bee species are in serious decline and are rarely seen.
  8. Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Pollinators

    Important pollinators, such as honey bees, bumble bees and monarch butterflies, have gained attention in recent years due to concerns about declining populations. This Quick Guide describes steps gardeners and others can take to help protect pollinators.
  9. Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Honey Bees

    Threats to Honey Bees     Honey bee dusted with pollen. Photo by Karina Weatherby.
  10. Pollinator Quick Guide: What You Can Do to Help Monarchs

    The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is one of the most easily recognizable native butterflies in the United States. While the orange and black garden visitor used to be a common sight across Ohio from summer through early fall, visits are increasingly uncommon. Experts estimate that monarch populations have declined 90 percent in the last 20 years. This Quick Guide describes steps gardeners and others can take to help this struggling species.

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