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Extension & Outreach

Outreach program with elementary students.
Outreach program with elementary school students.

The Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology is dedicated to sharing new information and educating a wide range of stakeholders on plant diseases caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses, and nematodes.

Faculty and staff 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.
  • to 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.
  • to provide opportunities for training and on-site learning experience.

We do this by:

  • 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.