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Agronomy

How Plant Activators Work and Their Impact on Disease Control and Plant Health

April 24, 2012
10:00AM CDT
Education Points: 0.1

The presentation will be about understanding Plant Activators, and will cover the following:

  • Induced Systemic Resistance (ISR)
  • Systemic Acquired Resistance (SAR)
  • Naturally occurring plant defenses
  • Overview of products that activate plant defenses
  • Demonstrate the impact of plant activators on disease control


Michael L. Agnew, Ph.D. is a Senior Technical Manager for Syngenta Turf and Landscape, Greensboro, North Carolina and former Associate Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist at Iowa State University. He earned a B.S. and a M.S. in Horticulture and a Ph.D. in Horticulture with specialization in Turfgrass Science and Plant Stress Physiology from Kansas State University. Dr. Agnew has been providing service to the Turfgrass and Golf Industries locally, nationally, and internationally for 30 years. He currently provides technical support for Syngenta customers and staff; provides leadership in turfgrass fungicide product development; serves several trade and professional organizations; and is a frequently requested speaker and author within the Turfgrass and Green Industries. For 25 years, he has co-taught Calculations and Practical Math for Golf Courses at the annual meeting of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. During his tenure at Iowa State University, he served as State Extension Leader for Horticulture and held Board Positions on the Iowa Turfgrass Institute, Iowa Horticulture Society, Iowa Arboretum, and the City of Ames Parks and Recreation Department.

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