UT Rose Rosette Researchers to Discuss Managing the Disfiguring Plant Disease

Rose rosette at UT Plateau AgResearch and Education Center

​This rose growing in experimental plots at the University of Tennessee Plateau AgResearch and Education Center is showing some classic signs of rose rosette, including thin or strapped leaves and distorted flower buds. Photo by M. Windham, courtesy UTIA. Download image. Download image of healthy roses.

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — Rose rosette is a disfiguring and lethal disease of one of America’s favorite blooming plants. It is spreading throughout cultivated and wild rose populations by way of tiny mites that can blow about in the wind.

An upcoming event will feature discussions of the disease’s threat and new research by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture entomologists and plant pathologists that is helping to combat the disease. Rose enthusiasts and the interested pubic are invited to a Rose Rosette Field Day at the UT Plateau AgResearch and Education in Crossville. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. – noon CDT.

Visitors may tour the rose rosette research plots where thousands of plants are being tested to see which treatments may help mitigate the disease and which plants may offer some resistance. Attendees will also learn how to manage the disease and how to detect the eriophyid mite in their gardens. The mite is the known vector for rose rosette. UT’s nationally known rose researcher, Mark Windham, a professor of plant pathology, is coordinating the event and will be among the speakers.  An ‘ask the expert’ tent will be available for people to ask questions about their own plant problems.

There is no cost to attend. The field day will be held at the Plateau Center’s Rose Rosette Research Plots on 2815 POW Camp Road in Crossville (zip code 38572), next to the Clyde M. York 4-H Center.

For more information, please contact Windham at mwindham@utk.edu​ or call the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center at 931-484-0034.

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