The Subtropical Plant Pathology Unit conducts research on bacterial, fungal, nematode, and viral diseases of citrus, vegetables, ornamental, and subtropical crops. research provides information for the improvement of crop production and to protect citrus from exotic diseases that threaten the U. S. citrus industry. Areas of specific Research include:
Development of rapid, practical and economical methods of:
Quantitative and Qualitative disease epidemiology and pathos's modeling
Biological control of diseases
Physiological characterization of host-parasite interactions
Germplasm improvement for disease resistance
Development of alternatives to methyl bromide for control of soil-borne pathogens and pests.
Major disease problems of citrus addressed by the unit are citrus tristeza, citrus blight, citrus canker, Phytophthora, nematodes, foliar fungal and bacterial diseases, virus and viroid diseases, and exotic virus and fastidious diseases. Research on biologically based alternatives to methyl bromide for control for soil-borne diseases, weeds, and nematodes affecting vegetables is also addressed.
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