Water Conservation and Treatment Webinar Series for Greenhouse and Nursery Growers, 2017

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Learn about the latest water treatment and conservation research in these free webinars! Researchers from Clean WateR3 (cleanwater3.org), a federally-funded research team, are focused on helping growers Reduce, Remediate and Recycle irrigation water. The grant team is managed by Dr. Sarah White at Clemson University and includes many research collaborators across the U.S. We are presenting a series of six webinars hosted by the University of Florida IFAS Center for Public Issues Education. Webinars will be 45 minutes long at 12 noon on consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on January 24. Sign up with this registration link: http://tinyurl.com/WaterWebinars17. Webinars will be archived at cleanwater3.org.


Presenter Topic Description
1 Sarah White,

Clemson University

Clean WateR3: Research you can use on water conservation, recycling and treatment Take home messages from a major research project that involves 22 researchers in 9 universities. The project is helping growers to:

Reduce water use and contaminant loading via treatment technologies and improved water management strategies.

Remediate contaminants in irrigation water (pathogen, pesticides, nutrients, and particles).

Recycle irrigation water, with new online and published information.

2 Johanna Del Castillo and Cassandra Swett,

University of Maryland

Manage diseases caused by Phytophthora and Pythium in nurseries Understand the biology of waterborne pathogens, in order to successfully manage root rot and other diseases.
3 Paul Fisher,

University of Florida

How do leading growers solve water quality issues? There is no silver bullet that treats all water quality issues. Learn from growers who are successfully managing problems such as bacteria, particles, iron, and agrichemical residues in water.
4 Alexa Lamm and Laura Warner,

University of Florida

Reasons we do or do not use water treatments and technologies The latest social science research results detailing why we, as an industry, care a lot about water protection or conservation but then choose not to adopt water conserving technologies or treatments.  This webinar will inspire growers to think about adoption and will assist extension specialists and researchers in understanding how to develop technologies and provide instructions that will make it easier for growers to adopt.
5 Jim Owen,

Virginia Tech University

Enhance irrigation practices through audits and monitoring Water is central to containerized crop production. Learn about simple techniques to know and improve water application efficiency.  
6 John Lea-Cox,

University of Maryland

Sensor-controlled irrigation and pathogen management We will illustrate how better irrigation management substantially reduces nutrient leaching and runoff, which conserves scarce freshwater resources and reduces the potential for pathogen movement from production areas.

Contact information for the presenters

Sarah A. White, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Nursery Extension Specialist

Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences


Office: E-143 Poole Agricultural Center | Clemson, SC 29634

Laboratory: 509 Westinghouse Rd. | P.O. Box 709  | Pendleton, SC 29670

(864) 656-7433



Johanna Del Castillo-Múnera, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral researcher

Grape and Small Fruit Pathology Lab.

Dept. Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

University of Maryland

Plant Sciences Building, Room 2125B

College Park MD USA, 20742



Dr. Cassandra L. Swett

Assistant Professor

Grape and Small Fruit Pathology

Dept. Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

University of Maryland

2106 Plant Sciences Building

College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5586



Paul Fisher, Ph.D.

Professor and Extension Specialist,

Environmental Horticulture Dept.

University of Florida,

2550 Hull Rd., Room 2549,

PO Box 110670

Gainesville FL 32611-0670

(352) 273-4581


Dr. Alexa Lamm

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education and Communication,

Associate Director of Center for Public Issues Education

Department of Agricultural Education and Communication

University of Florida

121F Bryant Hall

Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 392-6545



Dr. Laura Warner

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education and Communication,

Department of Agricultural Education and Communication

University of Florida

117 Bryant Hall

Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-0202



Jim Owen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Nursery Crops

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center

1444 Diamond Springs Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

(757) 363-3904



Dr. John Lea-Cox

Professor, Nursery Research and Extension Specialist

Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

2120, Plant Science Building | (4291 Field House Drive)

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742-4452

(301) 405-4323


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