Disease Ecology, Epidemiology, Diagnosis & Management
Our goal is to develop science-based plant disease management practices for grower implementation. To do this, we study topics such as how plant diseases spread in space and time, how weather affects plant disease development, and how management interventions interact to affect disease development. We develop new tools and techniques for pathogen detection and disease diagnosis, including contributing to broader efforts in agricultural biosecurity. Our applied disease management work is connected closely to our extension work as well as to more basic molecular biology and genetics.