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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.


Is this poisonous? For UF mushroom expert, COVID-19 means more concerned calls, texts

Published: March 20th, 2020 | Source: Growing Florida

As more individuals are staying at home due to COVID-19, calls and texts have been increasing for Dr. Matthew Smith for his lab's mushroom identification services.


UF Plant and Soil Diagnostic Labs Essential to Florida Agriculture, Economy during COVID-19

Published: March 30th, 2020 | Source: Growing Florida

In the time of COVID-19, plants still get sick, and the soil that nourishes them needs care. The health of plants and soil is critical to agriculture, an industry designated an essential service in response to the pandemic. That’s why today, scientists at University of Florida/IFAS laboratories on the main Gainesville campus and elsewhere across the state are working with limited staffing and hours to test samples of soil, water, plants, and even manure sent in from across the state and beyond.


Birds & Truffles in Chile’s Temperate Rainforests

Published: February 19th, 2020 | Source: American Ornithological Society

Marcos Vinicius Caiafa Sepulveda, a PhD student in Matthew Smith’s lab at the University of Florida, received a Student Research Award from AOS in 2019 to explore the relationship between those two birds, the Chucao Tapaculo and Black-throated Huet-huet, and the truffles that share their ecosystem.


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.


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