During the 2011 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (Feb 23rd and 24th, 2011 at Brock University, St. Catherines, ON), a diagnostic clinic for bulb and stem nematode (Ditylenchus dipsaci) will be held. The bulb and stem nematode is a destructive pest of garlic, onion, and leek as well as many other host crops. Note that garlic bulbs infested with this nematode do not necessarily show symptoms. Bring samples of garlic bulbs from your farm to this free of charge clinic that was initiated by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Nematode specialists will be on-site testing the garlic samples to determine if they are infested with bulb and stem nematodes. Take this opportunity to meet the experts and ask questions about the biology and management of this pest.
For details on the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, please visit: http://www.ofvc.ca/. For information on the clinic contact Marion Paibomesai, Vegetable Crops Specialist, OMAFRA at 519-826-4963.