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Plant Pathology In the News

Selected news articles that highlight the accomplishments of the faculty, staff, and students in our department.


PPGSO Outreach Committee and Rollins Lab Team Up for Middle School Family Science Night

Published: February 6th, 2020 | Source: UF/IFAS Plant Pathology Department

Hundreds of middle school attendees and their families learned about plant pathogens and their importance.


UF Researchers Use Drones to Detect Tomato Diseases with 99% Accuracy

Published: February 5th, 2020 | Source: WGCU

An agricultural engineer and a Plant Pathology faculty member, Dr. Pamela Roberts, have joined forces to use drones to combat the spread of bacterial spot and target spot—two deadly tomato diseases.


UF Researcher Seeks Biological Control of ACP

Published: December 17, 2019 | Source: Citrus Industry News

In the latest All In For Citrus podcast, Ozgur Batuman talks about his research into biological control of the Asian citrus psyllid.


Student Spotlight: Renato Carvalho

Published: December 5, 2019 | Source: IFAS CALS

Learn about Renato’s background and his experience as a plant pathology student!


Three UF/IFAS Faculty Members Elected 2019 AAAS Fellows, Largest Number Yet

Published: December 3, 2019 | Source: IFAS News

Three faculty members with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, including Plant Pathology's Dr. Karen Garrett, have been elected 2019 Fellows of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society, according to an announcement issued by AAAS earlier today.


University of Florida scientists advance citrus greening research efforts

Published: November 12, 2019 | Source: EureakAlert!

To facilitate the scientific community's ability to use L. crescens in citrus greening research, University of Florida Department of Plant Pathology scientists have published an article in Phytopathology that outlines, step-by-step, highly reproducible and detailed protocols that they have standardized for culturing L. crescens.


UF/IFAS Leads Multistate Research to Reduce Pepper Diseases; Boost Production

Published: October 31, 2019 | Source: IFAS News

Pamela Roberts, a UF/IFAS plant pathology professor, has been awarded a four-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, an arm of the USDA, to lead research into ways to reduce bacterial diseases in peppers. Scientists from UF/IFAS, North Carolina State University, the University of Georgia, the Ohio State University, Auburn University, and a USDA lab in South Carolina will participate in the pepper disease research.


Growers Should Manage Tomato Bacterial Spot While Seedlings are in Transplant Facilities

Published: October 17, 2019 | Source: Southeast AgNet

A UF/IFAS-led team of scientists took Xanthomonas strains recovered from batches of seedlings produced at commercial transplant facilities and compared them to strains recovered later in the field season from the same batch of plants. Scientists found the bacterial strains in fields mirrored those found in transplant facilities.


Tomato Brown Rugose Spreading Globally

Published: October 15, 2019 | Source: Vegetable and Specialty Crop News

Detected first in 2015 in Jordan, and with outbreaks as recent as 2018 in California, ToBRFV is easily transmitted through contact. Ozgur Batuman, citrus pathologist at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, spoke about the virus at the recent Vegetable & Specialty Crop Expo. He said tomato growers need to start paying attention to the root of the cause.


New Website Simplifies Connection to UF Experts in Plant Health

Published: July 25, 2019 | Source: GrowingFlorida

“We want this site to be a one-stop shop,” said Carrie Harmon, director of the Plant Diagnostic Center that is among the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ larger network of plant health resources for growers and citizens statewide. “Our aim is to connect the internal and external audience to the plant problem solutions they need in just a few clicks.”


Dr. Karen Garrett: Florida Crop Surveillance Network Offers State-Level Example of Proposed Global System

Published: July 9, 2019 | Source: IFAS News

Growing agricultural production demands and new disease threats will necessitate a global surveillance system for crop diseases, according to a new article in the journal Science. But one of the co-authors from the University of Florida, Karen Garrett, a plant pathology professor in the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, notes that the university has built a similar system on a smaller scale throughout the state of Florida.