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Plant Pathology

Plant Pathology

Virology and Plant Interactions

Thanks for your interest in the Department of Plant Pathology at UF! We are one of the largest departments of plant pathology in the country with faculty at Gainesville and at nine Research and Education Centers around the state. We are known for our research on diseases of diverse crops including citrus, strawberries, blueberries, vegetables, ornamentals, turf, field crops, sugarcane, and tropical fruits. Our department, founded nearly 60 years ago, is part of the University of Florida, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).


  • Bill Dawson - Citrus tresteza virus molecular genetics and biotechnology.
  • Svetlana Folimonova - Plant viruses, virus-host interactions and disease development, plant immunity against viral pathogens, citrus tristeza virus, citrus greening.
  • Jane Polston - Plant virology and biotechnology of disease vectoring. Tospoviruses.
  • Philippe Rott - Biology and genetics of plant-pathogen interactions; sugarcane diseases.