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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.


Hopes High to Crack the Code on Bacterial Spot of Tomato

Published: July 22nd, 2020 | Source: Growing Produce

Bacterial spot can topple tomato crops anywhere the malady strikes. To help growers stay out of the red zone, University of Florida scientists are aiming to dig deeper in how the pathogen that causes the disease spreads and evolves on farms.


Scientists to study crippling tomato disease to lay groundwork for prevention

Published: July 22nd, 2020 | Source: IFAS Solutions

Dr. Erica Goss has been awarded a $455,000 grant by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study the epidemiology of bacterial spot in tomatoes.


Truffles Aren't Just for Foodies—Some Birds Love Them, Too

Published: July 10th, 2020 | Source: Audubon

Dr. Matthew Smith discusses his research on the relationship between birds and truffles in Chile.


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

Published: May 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!


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