Chapter Meeting: “Controlling the Tree-of-Heaven” by Rachel Brooks

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Date(s) - Monday, March 25, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs


Ailanthus altissima (the tree-of-heaven) is an invasive Chinese tree that has taken over portions of the Virginian landscape. Current control tactics are limited to expensive chemical and mechanical methods, and are impractical over large areas. Recently, two species of naturally occurring Verticillium wilt fungi have been found killing the tree-of-heaven in Virginia. Come learn about what we know, what our current research is showing, and what the future might hold for the control of this nasty invasive!

Rachel K. Brooks - Photo: Virginia Tech

Rachel K. Brooks – Photo: Virginia Tech

Rachel is a third-year PhD student in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech. Rachel is originally from New Hampshire and obtained a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont. She hopes to use her Virginia Tech degree to study emerging forest health problems while also conducting outreach and educational activities.

Meet: 7:00 pm, Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs, 3640 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke

Contact: Ellen Holtman, 389-1514

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