Rose rosette disease symposium set for Sept. 28 in Shreveport

Johnny Morgan  |  9/5/2018 6:17:58 PM

(09/05/18) BATON ROUGE, La. — Rose rosette disease, which is caused by the rose rosette virus, will be the topic of discussion at a symposium to be held in Shreveport on Sept. 28.

This meeting, which is organized by the LSU AgCenter in collaboration with the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association, the American Rose Society and the Gulf District of American Rose Society, will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Gardens of the American Rose Center.

“The disease is spreading at an alarming rate in Shreveport and Bossier City area,” said AgCenter “Plant Doctor” Raj Singh. “The educational program is being outlined to combat and reduce the spread of this disease.”

The program will cover how to identify rose rosette disease and its current distribution in Louisiana, rose rosette disease research update, U.S. distribution and history, rose care and a panel discussion.

The symposium is open to the public, and Master Gardeners, landscape professionals, extension personnel and specialists are encouraged to attend.

Anyone interested in attending should register at

For more information, contact Mark Wilson at or Singh at

The Gardens of the American Rose Center is located at 8877 Jefferson Paige Road in Shreveport.

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A drift rose exhibiting severe bud proliferation caused by rose rosette disease. Photo by Raj Singh/LSU AgCenter

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