Talks for the General Public

Interested in scheduling Brian Hudelson for a presentation, workshop or other outreach activity?  Brian provides presentations on wide range of plant disease-related topics.  See below for details on popular topics.

Check out the calendar in the Outreach..Events section of the main menu to find out if Brian might have the date open.  Book early; his schedule fills up quickly.

Contact Brian directly [pddc@wisc.edu or (608) 262-2863] to verify his availability.


Fundamentals of Plant Diseases

Description

Learn about disease-causing organisms (fungi, bacteria, viruses, phytoplasmas and nematodes) and the symptoms they cause, as well as information on environment factors that favor disease development.  Also learn about disease-like plant disorders caused by non-biological factors such as nutrient imbalances, pesticide exposures, environmental pollutants and adverse environmental conditions.

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Presentation Length:  2.5 – 3 hours


 

Diseases of Evergreens

Description

Learn about common diseases of evergreens (both needled and broadleaved) and their management.

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Presentation Length:  2.5 – 3 hours (Full Talk)
(Shorter customized versions also available)


Deciduous Tree and Shrub Diseases

Description

Learn about common diseases of deciduous trees and shrubs and their management.

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Presentation Length:  4 hours (Full Talk)
(Shorter customized versions also available)


Diseases of Herbaceous Ornamentals

Description

Learn about common diseases of herbaceous ornamentals and their management.

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Presentation Length:  3 – 4 hours (Full Talk)
(Shorter customized versions also available)


Diseases of Landscape Plants

Description

Learn about common diseases of your favorite outdoor plants (including herbaceous plants and woody trees and shrubs) and their management.

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This talk combines elements from Diseases of Herbaceous Ornamentals, Diseases of Evergreens, and Deciduous Trees and Shrub Diseases (see above) to provide a customized talk for your specific location.

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Presentation Length:  3 – 4 hours (Full Talk)
(Shorter customized versions also available)


Evil Twins:  Plant Disease Look-Alikes

Description

Learn about common diseases that have similar symptoms and can be misidentified, but may have very different management strategies.

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Presentation Length:  1.5 – 2 hours


Hosta Diseases

Description

Learn about common diseases of hostas and their management.

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Presentation Length:  1 – 1.25 hours


Orchid Diseases

Description

Learn about common diseases of orchids and their management.

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Presentation Length:  1 hour


Diseases of Bonsai Plants

Description

Learn about common diseases of plants used in the ancient art form of bonsai and how to manage these diseases.

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Presentation Length:  1 – 1.5 hours


 

Vegetable Diseases

Description

Learn about common diseases of vegetables and their management.

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Presentation Length:  3 – 4 hours (Full Talk)
(Shorter customized versions also available)


The Science (and Art) of Plant Disease Diagnosis

Description

Learn about the complex process involved in accurately identifying plant diseases.

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Presentation Length:  1 – 1.5 hours


Growing Healthy Plants – Basics in Plant Disease Management

Description

Learn about common methods for disease control, their pros and cons, and how you can adapt these techniques for use in your own home garden.

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Presentation Length:  1 – 1.5 hours


Plant Diseases in History

Description

Learn about how plant diseases have impacted human history and how plant diseases continue to be important in our daily lives and in pop culture.

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Presentation Length:  1 – 1.5 hours


Confessions of a Black Thumb – Plants That I Have Killed (or at Least Seriously Maimed)

Description

Learn about the favorite plants of Brian Hudelson (aka Dr. Death) and his epic failures in attempting to grow these plants in his home garden, either through his encouragement of plant diseases, his insistence on practicing “Darwinian gardening” or through his sheer gardening stupidity. Use these cautionary tales to improve your own gardening skills.

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Presentation Length:  1 – 1.25 hours


Dr. Death’s Plant Disease Predictions for 2021

Description

Learn about Brian Hudelson’s predictions of what diseases will be prevalent and of importance in 2021.   Keep in mind however, that if Brian were actually able to predict accurately, he would not be giving this talk, but would be relaxing on a beach somewhere, drink in hand, having made millions playing the stock market.

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Presentation Length:  1.5 – 2 hours


Top Ten Plant Diseases of 2020

Description

Learn about 10 plant diseases that made a splash at the UW-Madison Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic in 2020.  Diseases include both those that were submitted the most commonly to the clinic and those that potentially had the biggest impact from an economic or regulatory standpoint.

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Presentation Length:  1.5 – 2 hours


The Bad and the Ugly:
Ten Plant Diseases Not to Compost

Description

Certain plant diseases are so horrible or so deadly that composting is not an appropriate way to get rid of affected plants.  Learn about some of these diseases and their proper management.

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Presentation Length:  1.5 – 2 hours


New and Emerging Plant Diseases

Description

Learn about plant diseases that have recently arrived in Wisconsin and have potential economic and/or regulatory impact, as well as more established diseases that have the potential to significantly impact the state in the near future.

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Presentation Length:  1 – 1.5 hours


Tales from the PDDC:
Trials and Tribulations from 2020
(and Beyond)

Description

Learn about how COVID-19 impacted activities at the PDDC in 2020 and about some of the über-cool plant diseases that made their way to the clinic.

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Presentation Length:  1 – 1.5 hours


Custom Constructed Plant Disease Talks

Description

Consult with Brian to develop a plant disease talk that is customized to fit the needs of your group.  The possibilities are endless.

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Presentation Length:  1 – 4 hours


Signs and Symptoms Workshop

Description

Hone your observational skills with this hands-on workshop where participants get to look at a wide range of  diseased plant specimens.  Learn about the wide range of disease symptoms, signs of plant pathogens that you can see by eye and the challenges of properly diagnosing plant diseases.  The session includes a group discussion of the diseases presented in the workshop, as well tips on management of the diseases.

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Presentation Length:  3 – 4 hours


Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic Tour

Description

Come visit the Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic.  Learning about clinic services and outreach, and watch clinic staff in action as they work with plant samples to diagnose disease problems.

Combine your visit to the PDDC with a visit to the UW Insect Diagnostics Lab, the Wisconsin Insect Research Collection,  and the Allen Centennial Garden.

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Presentation Length:  0.5 – 2 hours


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