Thousand Cankers Disease / CDFA Lab Tour – Yolo/ Sacramento Counties
$45 / person includes lunch
November 9, 2011, 8 am – 5 pm
This all day tour will travel from Berkeley east into the Central Valley of CA, to see thousand cankers disease on native black walnut and other Juglans species. We will also visit a walnut packing facility. Then you will travel eastward to Sacramento to visit the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Plant Pest Diagnostic Center, one of the largest plant diagnostic laboratories in the country, with over 20 full time diagnosticians conducting seed, weed, nematode, insect, and pathogen identification. You will get to hear from the diagnosticians themselves as they share their high through put methodologies and strategies. You’ll also get a look at some impressive equipment and collections housed there.