Field trips exploring the local area and industry are an important part of the APS Annual Meeting, allowing attendees to take advantage of the meeting location.
A tour of nurseries and farms on beautiful Aquidneck Island, and Bristol, RI. Sites scheduled include:RI Nurseries, a 117-year-old wholesale nursery run by the fourth generation of Vaniceks. The fields are cultivated with teams of mules, and their specialty is Taxus production. They also produce vegetable for restaurants and farmers markets. www.rinurseries.comPlane View Nursery, a plant nursery that offers home garden and lawn services to the communities of Portsmouth and Newport County. Some of the crops are produced through tissue culture.Sweet Berry Farm, a diversified, 100 acre, destination farm producing cut flowers, fruits, and vegetables. The farm uses IPM to keep insects and diseases to a minimum. www.sweetberryfarmri.comBlithewold Mansion Gardens & Arboretum, one of the finest garden estates in New England. Your tour of Blithewold will include diverse gardens, the arboretum, and a 45-room English style manor house all chronicling the rich social history of the lives of one family over a span of more than 80 years. www.blithewold.orgPreregistration is required.
Turfgrass Field TripSaturday, August 48:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Organizers: John Inguagiato, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, U.S.A.; Brandon Horvath, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, U.S.A.Section: Disease Control and Pest ManagementSponsor: Turfgrass Pathology Fee: $50This trip will highlight the challenges of maintaining aesthetic and playable turfgrass areas in the northeastern United States. Possible sites include golf courses (The Country Club at Brookline, Shelter Harbor GC), athletic fields (Fenway Park, Longwood Cricket Club), and sod production fields. This trip will focus on the impact these facilities have on the economy, as well as the particular turfgrass management problems that are unique to this region. Preregistration is required.
Pests, Protection, and Politics of the North American Cranberry Field TripSaturday, August 48:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Organizers: David Thompson, Rutgers University, Princeton, NJ, U.S.A.; Frank Caruso, University of Massachusetts, East Wareham, MA, U.S.A., Charles Schiller, SCHILLER Ag Research and Consulting, Alamo, CA, U.S.A.Section: Diseases of PlantsSponsor: Chemical ControlFee: $75This field trip will focus on the locally important crop of cranberry, its production and diseases. Cranberry is a unique crop that most pathologists will not encounter in their career due to its limited geographic distribution. However, the unique production practices and final products for cranberry result in a unique set of diseases that provide a learning experience for all plant pathologists. Preregistration is required.
New England Fungal Foray- SOLD OUT Saturday, August 49:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.Organizer: Barry Pryor, University of Arizona, School of Plant Sciences, Tucson, AZ, U.S.A.Section: Ecology and EpidemiologySponsor: MycologyFee: $50APS fungal forays are an exciting and educational opportunity to see macro- and microfungi in natural settings. Following the foray excursion to beautiful Step Stone Falls and the Tippecansett Trail, the participants will return to the University of Rhode Island to more closely examine all collected specimens in a laboratory setting. While examining material, participants will enjoy light refreshments and the camaraderie of fellow mycologists and others interested in fungi. Preregistration is required. Please note: There has been an increased incidence of tick/Lyme disease in the New England area including Providence. Anyone attending this foray is doing so at their own risk. If attending this foray, APS highly recommends planning accordingly with appropriate clothing, any repellants etc. that are applicable, and any other precautionary measures.