Crop Disease Management

Our experts utilize innovative research to understand and sustainably manage crops and the diseases that affect them. We approach crop disease with an integrative methodology that encompasses plant varieties that are disease resistant, implementing cultural practices that inhibit pathogen development and a plant's ability to withstand pathogen attack and deploying agricultural pharmaceuticals and/or biological control agents to inhibit pathogen and disease development.

We are also broadening the spectrum disease control options available to organic farms, a rapidly growing sector in New York.

Our research is elevating the quality of New York crops, ensuring that consumers have access to fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables.

 

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Chris Smart
Christine Smart

Professor

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

Director

School of Integrative Plant Science

Christine Smart
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Marc Fuchs

Professor

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

Marc Fuchs
Viruses
Emerging diseases
Grapes
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Kerik Cox

Associate Professor

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

Cornell AgriTech

Kerik Cox
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Sarah Pethybridge

Associate Professor

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

Cornell AgriTech

Sarah Pethybridge
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Awais Khan

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

Awais Khan
Apples
Fire blight
Apple scab