Wisconsin’s green industry salutes plant pathologist Gayle Worf

Gayle Worf, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology, will be inducted into the Wisconsin Green Industry Hall of Fame on January 15. Since he joined the UW-Madison faculty in 1963, Worf has been a resource for professionals in all phases of the ornamental, tree, greenhouse and turf industries as well as for agricultural producers and homeowners. For example, he played a major role in the effort to stem losses from Dutch Elm disease and helped he greenhouse industry deal with geranium diseases. He developed a monthly publication called Wisconsin Urban Forester for professional foresters, arborists, landscape architects and nursery operators. Another publication effort, the Wisconsin Urban Phytonarian, is a collection of factsheets offering a wealth of plant disease information for county agents and others who advise homeowners and industry professionals. He also was one of the first to recognize yellow leaf blight on Wisconsin corn, which helped prepare the state for the corn leaf blight infestation of 1970.