Touching human skin to poison ivy resin causes a rash and a national concern.
Untold hours of agony suffered, countless days of productive work time idled, months of fear and uncertainty surround the unidentified vegetative assailant…and there’s no 911 to call for this dilemma.
Merging efforts together, we poison ivy removal experts, scientists and business professionals look toward the day when all North Americans, if they choose, will recognize and avoid this dangerous plant.
Toward this goal we meet in conference to:
• Exchange ideas
• Collaborate input for identification, removal and prevention of reoccurring poison ivy plant growth to alleviate human suffering .
Conference sponsors are exclusively permitted to conduct commercial business exchanges during and at the conference
All conference participants who are not members of sponsoring companies are asked and must agree to refrain from conducting their companies’ business during the conference times.
Join us for an in-depth discussion about poison ivy.
See conference schedule for details.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020
8:00 — Registration, Continental breakfast
8:40 — Welcome and opening remarks
9:00 — 1st session “POISON IVY IDENTIFICATION IN AN IMPERFECT WORLD – INSIGHTS FROM MASSACHUSETTS AND TEXAS” Presenter: John Jelesko, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
10:50 — Break
11:00 — 2nd session “COMPARISON OF POISON IVY SEED SET ON THE FIRST AND SECOND YEARS OF FLOWERING” A newly mature female plant produces100 seeds in her first flowering year and 3000 seeds in the second year. Presenter: Umar Mycka, AS, Poison Ivy Horticulturist.
12:00 — Lunch
1:00 — 3rd session “POISON IVY HAIRY ROOTS – A GENETIC TECHNOLOGY FOR INVESTIGATING URUSHIOL BIOSYNTHESIS.” Presenter: John Jelesko, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
3:30 — 4th Session “POISON IVY LEARNING LAB” Back by popular demand—a high energy, informative learning experience which is certain to be valuable to all participants. New for this year: Do you have a pressing question about poison ivy that you would like answered? Would you like to share a revelation you discovered about poison ivy?
4:30 — Wrap up of day’s activities and conclusion of today’s sessions.
5:45-9:00 — Dinner together at a local restaurant. Attendance optional and charges not covered as part of the conference fee.
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020
8:00 — Continental breakfast
8:40 — Welcome and opening remarks.
9:00 — 1st session “NEW INSIGHTS INTO URUSHIOL CHEMICAL DIVERSITY IN POISON IVY” Presenter: John Jelesko, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
10:50 — Break
11:00 — 2nd session “AN EARLY ORIENTATION” How and when poison ivy seedlings choose the tree they will climb. By the time a poison ivy seedling unfurls its seed leaves and its first set of true leaflets, it has decided which tree to climb. In an interactive discussion, we will examine this theory. Presenter: Umar Mycka, AS, Poison Ivy Horticulturist.
11:30 — 3rd session “SHORT PRESENTATION BY POISON IVY CONTRACTORS ON TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES USED IN THEIR REGION OF THE COUNTRY” Various Presenters
1:00 — Lunch
2:00 — 4th session “CONVERSATION VIA SKYPE WITH NOVELIST KAJA BLACKLEY”
2:30 — 5th session “TEN COUNTER INTUITIVE, BUT TRUE, FACTS ABOUT POISON IVY” Information points which will establish you as a poison ivy expert with your clients, crews, and community. Presenter: Umar Mycka, AS, Poison Ivy Horticulturist.
3:45 — Break
4:00 — Conclusion of today’s session and the Conference
Fee per person for both days: $395.00
Fee per person for one day: $198.00
Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, break refreshments
You may withdraw from the conference with a full refund (minus a $50.00 processing fee) if we are notified at least 3 full working days prior to the course. Beyond that, you may be responsible for the full registration fee.