Sunday Feb 12, 2023

The Many Faces of RRD: A Virus of Disguises

A Virus of Disguises
Gaye Hammond, Master Rosarian and Past President, Houston Rose Society
Rosarians are somewhat familiar with Rose Rosette Disease.  We know it is dangerous, deadly and contagious but outside that, we may not be familiar enough with its symptoms to know what is, and more importantly, what is not RRD. 
Involvement in both the National Clean Plant Network-Roses group and the national Rose Rosette Task Force has allowed Gaye to stay on the cutting edge of the virus.  Gaye is an evaluator for the Center for Invasive Species (University of Georgia) studying thousands of photographic submissions submitted for possible RRD symptoms. Between July and September 2022, she evaluated more than 1,000 submissions. Through this process Gaye realized that there is a tremendous misunderstanding about RRD.
In this program, Gaye will share the newest and exciting developments in the fight against RRD and its vectoring mite, as well as help rosarians correctly determine what symptoms are caused by RRD and symptoms that are from some other (mostly curable) cause. 

Executive Producer & On-Air Personality:
Chris VanCleave
Creator of the Rose Chat Podcast. Mr. VanCleave is a nationally known rosarian, television personality, speaker and advocate for the rose.
Content Creator & On-Air Personality:
Co-Host Teresa Byington promotes roses as an integral part of the landscape, as a Consulting Rosarian, Master Gardener, writer, and speaker.
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