Plant Expert Turney To Diagnose Pests

Plant pathologist Gerald Turney will bring Garden Club members and guests up to date on the latest pest and plant diseases to hit the Los Angeles area on Monday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Woman’s Club, 901 Haverford.

Senior biologist and plant pathologist with the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner’s office, Turney will offer advice on how to deal with voracious intruders without harming the crop. He spends 50 percent of his time trying to locate viruses and blights and microscopic organisms that need to be kept out of the country.

Turney received his B.S. degree in botany from Cal Poly and his Ph.D. in plant pathology from UC Riverside. He has served as the curator of the camellia gardens at the Huntington Library and Botanic Gardens, and as a research horticulturist at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.

In addition, Turney was formerly a licensed landscape contractor and is currently a licensed agricultural pest-control advisor and an ISA-certified arborist.