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Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Plant Pathology

Plant pathology (also phytopathology) is the scientific study of diseases in plants caused by pathogens (infectious organisms) and environmental conditions (physiological factors). Organisms that cause infectious disease include fungi, oomycetes, bacteria, viruses, viroids, virus-like organisms, phytoplasmas, protozoa, nematodes and parasitic plants. Not included are ectoparasites like insects, mites, vertebrate, or other pests that affect plant health by consumption of plant tissues.

Plant pathology also involves the study of pathogen identification, disease etiology, disease cycles, economic impact, plant disease epidemiology, plant disease resistance, how plant diseases affect humans and animals, pathosystem genetics, and management of plant diseases.

MREC Plant Pathologists

G. Shad Ali
Assistant Professor
Plant Pathology
407.410.6933
gsali@ufl.edu
Room #127

David Norman
Professor
Plant Pathology
407.410.6950
djn@ufl.edu
Room #150