The Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology is dedicated to sharing new information and to educating a wide range of stakeholders on plant diseases caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses, and nematodes.
We routinely work with growers, students, extension personnel, agriculture-service providers, regulators, home gardeners and local communities on ways to diagnose and manage plant disease.
Our goals are:
- to enhance the value of agricultural and horticultural production
- share research-based information and technology with stakeholders in the fields, landscapes, greenhouses, laboratories, and classrooms of New York State, the nation, and the world
- provide opportunities for training and on-site learning experience
- Developing integrated management programs to mitigate the economic impact of plant diseases.
- Translating scientific innovations to the field for improved disease management and enhanced quality of agriculture products with a major emphasis on reducing environmental footprints.
- Assisting growers in diagnosing plant diseases and selecting efficient, environmentally-friendly and economically-viable crop protection approaches.
- Creating and delivering a diverse array of educational materials to growers, extension personnel, K-12 students and educators, agricultural service providers, regulators, homeowners and the general public.
- Addressing issues related to emerging and invasive plant microbes, food safety, sustainability and climate change.