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.
Published: March 31, 2021 | Source: Explore UF
Artificial Intelligence leads the way in a sea change for agriculture
Published: March 6, 2021 | Source: Vegetable and Specialty Crop News
When the light goes on, it’s lights out for a ruinous strawberry pathogen.
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.
Published: December 15th, 2020 | Source: The American Phytopathological Society
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.
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.
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.
Published: August 26th, 2020 | Source: FNGLA
IFAS vice president Scott Angle discusses the Plant Diagnostic Center during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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.
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.