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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.


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 in the journal PNAS, the 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


Decision-Support Tool Using HiperGator May Help Manage Devastating Avocado Disease

Published: November 19th, 2020 | Source: Growing America

UF/IFAS researchers are working on a decision-support app to help policy makers and growers decide the best regional treatment options for laurel wilt disease, which is challenging Florida’s $35 million-a-year avocado crop.

Laurel wilt disease is spread by several ambrosia beetle vectors. People, whether they grow avocados or not, can spread the beetles when they move infested wood products – for example, firewood and wood-turner wood -- UF/IFAS researchers say. UF/IFAS researchers are trying to get all this spreading under control.


Scientists Identify New Species of Crystal-Encrusted Truffle, Thanks to Bonobos

Published: September 22nd, 2020 | Source: Florida Museum

Mushroom-munching bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have introduced scientists to a new species of truffle.

Commonly used by Congolese communities to bait traps for small mammals, Hysterangium bonobo is also savored by bonobos, an endangered species of great ape. Scientists say the truffle hints at vast reserves of undescribed fungal diversity in the region.


As organic food sales soar, growers look to essential oils to suppress pests, diseases

Published: September 15th, 2020 | Source: IFAS Blogs

Organic food sales topped $50 billion in the United States in 2018. Statistics from the Organic Trade Association tell part of the story of this growing market: Fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops combined to make up 36.3% of total organic sales — up 5.6% from the previous year.


Scott Angle: Nothing shuts down UF/IFAS

Published: August 26th, 2020 | Source: FNGLA

IFAS vice president Scott Angle discusses the Plant Diagnostic Center during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Smith: a fungi to lichen

Published: August 19th, 2020 | Source: Florida Keys News

Dr. Matthew Smith discusses his role curating the UF Fungal Herbarium, helping Florida residents in the event of accidental mushroom poisonings, and more with Florida Keys News.


Evaluating Global Crop Risks: How Crop Landscapes Affect Disease

Published: August 5th, 2020 | Source: UF Emerging Pathogens Institute

Garrett lab and collaborators publish in the journal Bioscience on the effects of cropland networks on pathogen and pest invasion.


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