G. Shad Ali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor — Plant Pathology
The humid and relatively warm weather of Florida is very favorable for the development of plant diseases in ornamental, vegetable and fruit crops. In addition, increased international trade in plant commodities have led to the spread of pathogens in new niches including in Florida. In order to avoid the spread and establishment of pathogens, our primary mission is to conduct research on the early detection, molecular diagnosis and management of fungal diseases of ornamental and other crops. Our second mission is to timely disseminate scientifically sound information to clientele so that they can make informed decisions to minimize losses caused by plant diseases. In addition, we also conduct basic research in plant-microbe interaction using high throuhput molecular, genetic and cell biological approaches.