Roseau cane scale webinar scheduled for April 6

Tobie Blanchard  |  3/30/2018 5:48:01 PM

(03/30/18) BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU AgCenter researchers will host a webinar on Roseau cane die-offs on Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m.

In 2016, a scale insect was discovered attacking Roseau cane in Plaquemines Parish. The invasive scale has been associated with widespread die-offs of cane, which is the most abundant plant in the Mississippi River Delta. Roseau cane provides critical defense for coastal marshes against wave action, storm surges and erosion.

Webinar presenters Ian Knight, Madeline Gill and Rodrigo Diaz said objectives of the webinar are to provide updates on the die-offs extent, scale distribution, and research to understand this complex problem.

The webinar can be accessed at http://bit.ly/roseauwebinar. For technical assistance, contact Adam Woerner, AgCenter information technology specialist, at awoerner@agcenter.lsu.edu. Attendees are encouraged to join in five minutes before the seminar.

More information about Roseau cane can be found on an AgCenter fact sheet at http://bit.ly/roseaufactsheet.

The AgCenter is mapping the distribution of the scale to determine if dispersal has occurred. The public can contribute information about Roseau cane and the distribution of the scale by taking a survey at http://bit.ly/roseausurvey.

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