WOBURN, Mass. – Arborjet has announced the addition of two new team members, and the formation of its Urban Forest Tech Teams. These strategic moves support Arborjet’s continued efforts to help municipalities and foresters to successfully preserve and protect the country’s urban and natural forests.

Srdjan Acimovic, research and development plant pathologist, is the latest addition to the company’s Research and Development team. He will support company leadership in managing invasive pests and supporting plant health across the country, with a particular focus in the growing segment of plant disease and equipment development. Acimovic comes to Arborjet from Michigan State University (MSU), where he is completing a Ph.D. in plant pathology. He has held a number of graduate research positions and has done extensive work with multiple trunk injection systems. His work has been published widely and he is committed to the theoretical and practical application of his science. His research at the Nichols Research Lab at MSU included rigorous study of the impact of trunk injection in orchards, including recent work with Apple Scab and Fire Blight.

Marianne Waindle will serve as technical products manager at Arborjet. As a researcher, horticulturalist, technical sales specialist and product development manager for companies such as Davey Tree Experts and J.J. Mauget, she brings years of experience and a thorough understanding of the plant health care industry. Waindle will work with the sales and marketing teams to identify opportunities in new and existing markets and coordinate with all organizational departments to assist in the development and execution of strategies that allow them to capitalize on these new opportunities. In addition, she will support Arborjet’s existing technical sales effort and assist with expanding the company’s offerings into new markets. She will also support Arborjet’s education initiatives by working with sales, research, senior management and university extension to conduct training, provide technical support and speak at forums that will promote the industry and Arborjet’s brand. Waindle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ornamental horticulture and plant pathology and a master’s degree in plant protection and pest management from the University of Georgia. She is a California pest control advisor and a certified arborist.

Arborjet’s Urban Forest Tech Teams
Invasive pests such as Emerald Ash Borer and Rugose Spiraling Whitefly and destructive diseases including Oak Wilt and Bacterial Leaf Scorch have devastated urban forests across the United States. The company’s regionalized and corporate Tech Teams offer swift access to top talent and local support for municipalities, whether they are faced with an invasive pest such as Emerald Ash Borer, conducting tree value assessments, taking tree inventories or other concerns. Teams are composed of urban forestry specialists, certified arborists, pest control advisers (PCAs) and Ph.D.’s in pathology and entomology. These teams are supported by access to laboratories, third-party collaborators and planning tools including proprietary apps available from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Many services are funded by grants or done as a courtesy for clients at no charge.