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Hawksworth, Frank G. U.S. Forest Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.
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- Nature of plant disease
- Kinds of plant diseases
- Crop losses to disease
- Symptoms of plant diseases
- Causative agents of disease
- Viruses and viroids
- Seed plants
- Noninfectious agents of disease
- Pathogenic life cycles of agents
- Control of plant disease
- Cultural practices
- Disease resistance
- Chemical pesticides
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
The study of disease in plants. Plant pathology is the branch of botany concerned with plant diseases. It is an integration of many biological disciplines and bridges the basic and applied sciences. Plant pathologists investigate the pathogenic organisms and environmental conditions that are responsible for the myriad of plant diseases, the resultant effects on the infected plant (including those related to plant growth and survival) [Fig. 1], and various techniques and methodologies to curb or control plant disease. See also: Botany; Disease; Plant; Plant anatomy; Plant growth; Plant metabolism; Plant physiology
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