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Plant Disease Management

This research is focused on translating knowledge about the biotic, abiotic and environmental causes of plant diseases into effective, economically feasible, and environmentally sound disease management strategies.

Impact Areas:

  • Biological Control
  • Epidemiology
  • Translational Taxonomy

Research focuses on understanding biological, chemical, and environmental factors that affect disease development and pathogen movement at multiple scales-locally, regionally, and globally.

Our programs are committed to developing research-based information to support Pennsylvania potato production. Research focuses on potato germplasm evaluation and potato disease management.

The Plant Disease Clinic is a service and education function of the Department of Plant Pathology, and provides clinical diagnoses of plant diseases for approximately 2,000 samples submitted annually by Pennsylvania agricultural producers, urban gardeners, and homeowners.

Our mission is to provide assistance to the turfgrass industry in Pennsylvania in maintaining high quality turf through integrated turfgrass health management practices.