Pure oils can be obtained from the local drugstore. "Mineral Oil" is a great intestinal lubricant, Odorless - Tasteless - Crystal Clear, 1-2 tablespoons at bedtime. My grandfather used it but I did not understand the actual significant use of oils until I started working and understanding their use in agricultural application. The use of pure oils for pest and disease control for cactus and succulents is safe, effective and really quite unknown to most people.
Jerald E. Wheeler, Ph.D. is a Plant Pathologist. For those who need a better explanation of what a plant pathologist does, here is a short definition. A plant pathologist is one who studies, interprets, and diagnoses diseases and abnormalities of plants. Plant Pathology is defined as the study of the organisms and environmental conditions that cause disease in plants, the mechanisms by which this occurs, the interactions between these causal agents and the plant (effects on plant growth, yield and quality), and the methods of managing or controlling plant disease. It also interfaces knowledge from other scientific fields such as mycology, microbiology, virology, biochemistry, bio-informatics, etc. Educational background: BS. Purdue University, 1966, Agriculture and Plant Sciences MS. U. of Arizona, 1969, Plant Pathology/Botany Ph.D. U. of Arizona, 1970, Plant Pathology/Agricultural Biochemistry 1968-1970 U. of Arizona. In charge of plant disease clinic under Dr. Hine. Professional History: 1970-1971 Assistant Professor of Plant Physiology, Univ. of Freiburg, Germany; 1971-1973 Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Arizona; 1973-1975 Development Plant Pathologist, University of Wisconsin; Brazil 1975-1988 Owned and/or Managed Acre, Inc.; 1988-2002 Product Development Manager, United Agri Products; 2002-2004 Product Development Manager, Western Farm Service; 2003-present Product Development Manager, Agriliance/Winfield Solutions. Dr. Wheeler has also been published with his writings in 17 Scientific Publications in referred journals.
Please plan to come to this last regular meeting for 2009. Dr. Wheeler is a fantastic speaker who will add a lot of information that will be of value to you and your garden. It has been a very busy year for everyone in our organization. We have achieved many goals and are now looking to another amazing year in 2010.
Thanks to you all!