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Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

David J. Norman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Plant Pathology

Dr. Dave Norman is an associate professor of plant pathology in the Department of Plant Pathology. He is a researcher and educator who focuses on disease management in landscape or ornamental plants. His research emphasis is centered on the study of bacterial and fungal diseases that affect the production of landscape plants in Florida. Norman has a split assignment with responsibilities in research and extension.

After earning his master's in horticulture and doctorate in plant pathology at the University of Hawaii, Norman joined MREC in 1995. His research initially focused on Florida plant disease management, and has since evolved to focus on four major areas: 

  1. Classifying bacteria and fungi found on ornamental plants using microbiological, biochemical, and molecular techniques
  2. Identifying disease resistance in economically important plant species through the screening of varieties, cultivars, and also by genetic mapping of plant genomes
  3. Monitoring the introduction and movement of the bacterial wilt pathogen into the United States
  4. Controlling and managing diseases affecting the landscape plant industry by using biological, chemical, and cultural methods

David Norman, Ph.D.
2725 S. Binion Road
Apopka, FL 32703-8504

Phone: (407) 410-6950
Fax: (407) 814-6186

Norman’s research projects are designed to examine new cultural, biological, and chemical disease control methods. He also conducts research on pathogen detection, isolation, and classification. Norman’s research interests include ecology, epidemology, and host-pathogen relationships.

Norman’s extension program supports the mission of the University of Florida as co-manager of the MREC Plant Clinic - working directly with homeowners and commercial nursery growers throughout Central Florida to detect, identify, and manage plant diseases. He is passionate about incorporating scientifically-based information into various extension activities including workshops, field days, and publications through a coordinated effort with other state extension faculty members and county agents.