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Plant Pathology

Plant Pathology

Research

Whether you are attracted to the biology and genetics of the microbial partner in the plant-microbe interaction, or the host plant, there is much to be learned. Genome sequences, bioinformatics, quantitative genetics inform questions of pathogen phylogenetics and evolution, plant disease resistance loci, genetic engineering and more. Disease management challenges come in the form of emerging pathogens, new cropping systems, climate change and bacterial and fungicide resistance. New technologies offer opportunities to manage pathogens better and more sustainably: nanotechnology, smart agriculture, molecular pathogen detection, UV radiation for pathogen, and more. All of this is within our wheelhouse at the UF Department of Plant Pathology.