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Plant Pathology

Plant Pathology

Dr. Matthew Smith

Assoc. Professor

Matthew Smith


Contact:

Phone: (352) 273-2837
Email: trufflesmith@ufl.edu
Office: Rm. #2527, Fifield Hall
2570 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL, 32611

     

     

About

As an Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the curator of the UF Fungal Herbarium (FLAS) I have duties in three main areas: research (60%), teaching (20%) and extension (20%). I teach the UF mycology course and am responsible for identifying unknown fungi for a variety of Florida stakeholders, including the UF Plant Disease Clinic, UF-IFAS Extension Service, and the UF Veterinary School. I am broadly interested in fungal ecology, evolution, and systematics. I have worked extensively on the biology and systematics of hypogeous fungi (“truffles”) and the ecology of plant-symbiotic ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi. However, I have also studied a variety of other fungal groups, including plant pathogens Armillaria mellea ("oak root fungus") andClaviceps purpurea (Ergot disease of grasses) as well as the nematode-destroying fungi (Orbiliales and other Ascomycota). My work combines the synergistic use of molecular, morphological, and culture-based methods in both laboratory and field settings.

  • Education

    Ph.D. Graduate Group in Ecology, University of California at Davis, 2006

    B.S. Biological Sciences, University of California at Davis, 1997

  • Extension
  • Research

    Mycology

    I have worked extensively on the biology and systematics of hypogeous fungi (“truffles”) and the ecology of plant-symbiotic ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi. However, I have also studied a variety of other fungal groups, including plant pathogens Armillaria mellea ("oak root fungus") andClaviceps purpurea (Ergot disease of grasses) as well as the nematode-destroying fungi (Orbiliales and other Ascomycota). My work combines the synergistic use of molecular, morphological, and culture-based methods in both laboratory and field settings.

    Interests & Projects

     

  • Publications

    View a collection of my publications on Google Scholar

  • Smith Lab
  • Teaching