Submitted to: Plant Pathology
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: May 23, 2005
Publication Date: June 23, 2006
Citation: Turechek, W. 2006. The practical considerations of scale in plant pathology. Plant Pathology. EJPP 115:53-59. Interpretive Summary: The concept of scale and its applicability to experimental research is a central theme in ecology that has yet to be fully developed in the discipline of plant pathology. This proceedings article summarizes the most recent concepts in scale-related research and relates them to the discipline of plant pathology. This article will be useful to plant pathologists interested in learning how incorporate aspects of scale to their research.
Technical Abstract: The concept of scale has only recently gained recognition as a central theme in ecology. The rise in significance of scale in ecology can be attributed to the increase in hypothesis-driven experimental ecology over the last quarter century, and the realization that experimental results do not sufficiently explain past, or predict future observations in nature. Plant pathologists, who rely heavily on hypothesis-driven research, have confronted these same issues for nearly a century. In this talk, I will provide a concise presentation and discussion of the important concepts of scale and how they apply to the discipline of plant pathology.