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Abiotic Problems
Slides and information provided by Gary Johnson

Abiotic problems are caused by non-living agents such as weather extremes, poor soil conditions, and drought. Biotic problems are caused by living agents such as insects, and pathogens such as fungi and bacteria. Effectively diagnosing abiotic disorders of trees and shrubs involves:

The following links describe causes, damage, and symptoms of common abiotic problems.
Soil Related Stresses
Planting and Transplanting Stresses
Construction/Development Stresses
Weather and Exposure Stresses
Deicing Salt Stress
Animal Damage
Root Morphology and Conflict Stresses
Quality "Roots"
Other Abiotic Problems

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