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

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Don’t Forget Citrus Black Spot in Florida

Published: May 5, 2022 | Source: Citrus Industry

Dr. Megan Dewdney reminds growers that Citrus Black Spot (CBS) remains a concern.

Decreased Disease Pressure for Florida Strawberry Growers

Published: March 11, 2022 | Source: Specialty Crop Industry

Dr. Natalia Peres discusses the effects of weather and management on the strawberry season.

The Persistent Problem of Algal Spot

Published: February 21, 2022 | Source: Citrus Industry

Plant Pathology faculty member Megan Dewdney speaks on the citrus disease.

UF/IFAS expert explains why strawberries are so wonderful

Published: February 2, 2022 | Source: Morning Ag Clips

An interview with PLP alumnus Wael Elwakil.

You’ve heard of truffle pigs. Now get ready for truffle birds.

Published: October 29, 2021 | Source: Popular Science

Faculty member Dr. Matthew Smith explores findings about South American birds and their relationship with truffles.

Plant Breeding Remains Key to Fusarium Wilt Management

Published: August 18, 2021 | Source: Specialty Crop Industry

Faculty member Dr. Nick Dufault eliminating fusarium wilt disease’s impact on watermelons in the Southeast.

Plant pandemics and how they could endanger our food supply. Scientists sound alarm on growing menace

Published: May 22, 2021 | Source: The Washington Post

In a commentary for the journal PNAS, scientists sound the alarm on plant pandemics and make a variety of suggestions on how to monitor spreading plant pathogens.

Revolution in the Field

Published: March 31, 2021 | Source: Explore UF

Artificial Intelligence leads the way in a sea change for agriculture

Lights Out: UV System Helpful Against Strawberry Pathogen

Published: March 6, 2021 | Source: Vegetable and Specialty Crop News

When the light goes on, it’s lights out for a ruinous strawberry pathogen.

AI can help save Panhandle crops. We need to invest.

Published: February 14th, 2021 | Source: Pensacola News Journal

Every year local peanut farmers brace for diseases that might wipe out their crop. Not just enemies they’ve fought off before, but new and emerging ones. They’re hard to see at first. Then, seemingly overnight, it’s an outbreak.

Plant pathologist Ian Small thinks he can deliver those farmers the vision to see it in time to intervene and protect a crop. Not only that, he hopes to help his plant breeder co-worker Barry Tillman to develop the ultimate preventative measure — a peanut plant that’s less likely to get sick in the first place.

Brantlee Spakes-Richter Named New Editor-In-Chief of the APS Education Center

Published: December 15th, 2020 | Source: The American Phytopathological Society

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