Diagnosing plant issues is course topic

The University of Wisconsin is offering an online course in diagnosing plant issues that will run from Feb. 1 to April 30.

“Plant Diagnostics: The Step-by-Step Approach to Identifying Plant Problems”  was developed by the UW-Madison Division of Extension Horticulture Program for gardeners who are looking for troubleshooting skills for the problems that arise.

Participants will learn the step-by-step process for identifying plant problems in their gardens.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to explain the steps of the diagnostic process, identify appropriate, unbiased, research-based resources to use in the diagnostic process and know how to use UW-Madison Division of Extension diagnostic services and labs for extra help when needed.

The online course is self-paced with 13 modules that include videos, reading and interactive activities.

Two live webinars — “Putting the Process into Practice: Real World Diagnostics” led by Extension educators and “Meet the Labs!” presented by diagnostic lab directors — are included in the course.

Registration runs through January.

The cost is $99 for the general public and commercial professionals and $49 for active participants in the Extension Master Gardener Program.

For more information, visit https://hort.extension.wisc.edu/plant-diagnostics-course/.

ISA Certified Arborists who complete the course by April 30 will be awarded 7. 5 CEUs.

Master Gardeners who complete the course by Dec. 31 will receive credit for 7.5 hours of continuing education.

For more information, contact course moderator Amy Freidig at gardening.class@extension.wisc.edu.

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