Dr. David J. Norman
Associate Professor of Plant Pathology
Dr. Dave Norman is an associate professor of plant pathology in the plant pathology department at the University of Florida. 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’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 publications, workshops and assisting in disease identification through a coordinated effort with other state extension faculty members and county agents.
- Norman, D.J., and Alvarez, A.M. 1994. Rapid Detection of Xanthomonas campestris pv.dieffenbachiae from anthurium plants utilizing a miniplate enrichment/ELISA system. Plant Disease 78:954-958.
- Norman, D.J., and Alvarez, A.M. 1994. Latent infections of in vitro anthurium caused byXanthomonas campestris pv. dieffenbachia, Plant, Cell, Tissue & Organ Culture 39:55-61.
- Trujilllo, E.E., and Norman, D.J. 1995. Septoria leaf spot of Lantana from Ecuador: A potential biological control for bush Lantana in forest of Hawaii. Plant Disease 79:819-821.
- Norman, D.J., and Trujilllo, E.E. 1995. Development of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides f. sp.clidemiae and Septoria passiflorae into two mycoherbicides with extended viability. Plant Disease 79:1029-1032.
- Norman, D. J., and Alvarez, A. M. 1996. Monitoring populations of Xanthomonas campestris pv.dieffenbachiae introduced to production fields from symptomless cuttings. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 121: 582-585.
- Norman, D.J. 1995. Prevention before disease management. CFREC - Ornamental Research News. 2 (6):1-3.
- Robert, L., Schubert, T., Strandberg, J., Stamps, B., and Norman D. 1995 Anthracnose of leatherleaf fern. Fla. Dept. Agric. & Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry. Plant Pathology Circular No. 372: 1-4.
- Stamps, B., McColley, D., Norman D., and Strandberg J. 1995. Results of the leatherleaf fern anthracnose survey. Cut Foliage Grower. 10: 1-7.
- Norman, D. J. 1995. Diagnosis of Plant Diseases. Landscape and Nursery Digest. Nov: 45-46.
- Norman, D. J. 1996. Diseases of English Ivy. CFREC - Apopka Research Report, RH-96-3. 3 pp.
- Norman, D. J. 1996. Diseases of Spathiphyllum. CFREC - Apopka Research Report, RH-96-5. 3 pp.
Popular EDIS Publications
- Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) Diseases: Identification and Control in Commercial Greenhouse Production: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pp340
- Bacterial Wilt of Southern Highbush Blueberry Caused by Ralstonia solanacearum: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pp332
- Ornamental Ficus Diseases: Identification and Control in Commercial Greenhouse Operations: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pp308
- Dieffenbachia Diseases: Identification and Control in Commercial Greenhouse Operations: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pp286
- Southern Wilt of Geranium: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pp131
Major Research Areas
- Classifying bacteria and fungi found on ornamental plants using microbiological, biochemical and molecular techniques
- Identifying disease resistance in economically important plant species through the screening of varieties, cultivars, and also by genetic mapping of plant genomes
- Monitoring the introduction and movement of the bacterial wilt pathogen into the United States
- Controlling and managing diseases affecting the landscape plant industry by using biological, chemical and cultural methods
- Ph.D., Plant Pathology, University of Hawaii
- M.S., Horticulture, University of Hawaii
- M. S., Biology, Walla Walla College
- B. S., Biology, Southwestern Adventist College