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Plant Pathology

Plant Pathology

Dr. Matthew Smith

Associate Professor

Matthew Smith


Contact:

Phone: (352) 273-2837
Email: trufflesmith@ufl.edu
Office: Rm. #2527, Fifield Hall
2550 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL, 32611

Fungal ID Services

     

     

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