APS – Plant Pathology Research

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The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is a non-profit society that was founded in 1908 and has led the field of plant pathology research for over a century. Now, 109 years later, APS is still a flourishing scientific society with a multitude of members who have been making far-reaching and highly significant advances in the field of plant pathology. The research and information that the APS provides are of great importance to society as a whole, and especially to the scientific community and educators, as well as lawn service professionals and homeowners interested in plant and lawn care. And now, the APS website offers all that and more for everybody to access and learn all about plant pathology.

The APS publishes numerous in-depth plant pathology journals aimed at stimulating plant disease research and enabling people and turf care professionals worldwide to benefit from scientific advances in phytopathology. It was formed by 54 scientists who were envisioning a society that offers invaluable aid for the promotion of future developments in an all-important subject that is always growing rapidly. Their position in the world of Phytopathology is that they lead the worldwide fight against all plant diseases to promote a healthier world. And, the APS also offers memberships for interested parties.

Lawn & Plant Disease Research

As experts in plant pathology and diseases, the APS offers links to numerous resources, including:

Disease Lists By Plant

With so many potential plant diseases out there, figuring out which one your plant is suffering from can seem to be an almost impossible task. But, not with this link. APS has compiled a list of diseases with information from plant authorities using the common name of each specific plant from African Violets to Turfgrasses. Just click on a plant, and get a full potential disease list. This is a great link for lawn maintenance related companies to use when identifying plant pathogens before deciding on plant or lawn treatment options.

Illustrated Plant Pathology Glossary

This link puts a wealth of plant terminologies at your fingertips. Many subjects have audio as well as word meanings and some interesting illustrations. From acid rain to zoospores, this glossary clarifies it all for you using plain user-friendly language. For example, if you’re wondering what abaxial means, you’ll find out here that it means “directed away from the stem of a plant.”

Advanced Plant Pathology Resources

Now, this is a resource that you can sink your teeth into. It takes you from plant disease management simulations that include appropriate lessons for plant health professionals who are seeking continuing education, as well as for students of advanced plant pathology courses, to laboratory exercises, some specially selected APS feature articles and more.

Plant Pathology Topics

There seem to be almost as many plant pathology topics as there are plant species in the world. This page explores many of them as prepared by experts in the field of plant pathology, like Otis C. Maloy from the Department of Plant Pathology at Washington State University. And, from “Plant Defenses against Pathogens and Herbivores” to “Plant Disease Management,” it’s all here.

Plant Disease Full Education Course

This Plant Health Instructor Index offers you instructional materials that are peer-reviewed in the field of plant pathology, as well as disciplines that are closely related. It provides everything from plant disease lessons to lab exercises, teaching articles, individual case studies, and advanced plant pathology topics to plant disease management simulations, and teaching notes.

Plant Disease Lessons

Finding illustrated lessons for introducing disease cycles and management, epidemiology, symptoms and signs, and pathogen biology, as well as the economic, social, and scientific significance of major plant diseases, is easy with this page. You can make your choice of disease categories from the list on the left and see a lesson list from Anthracnose of turfgrass to white mold.

Plant Disease Journal

This page makes all of the research published in the APS journals widely accessible to today’s electronic audiences while also safeguarding the financial health of the APS and their journals. From Diseases Caused by Fungi to phytobiomes and Phytopathology, you can find it all here in great detail. And, that includes links to the ORCID Registry and Open Access.

Phytopathology Journal

Brought to you by Editor-in-Chief, Krishna V. Subbarao, this APS Phytopathology journal page will keep you current on everything happening in the field of phytopathology. From Biochemistry and Cell Biology to biological control, you can link to it right here by clicking on “First Look,” “Just Published,” “Current Issues,” “Past Issues,” “Legacy Content,” or “Specialty Issues.”

YouTube Channel

You may have only thought of YouTube as a place for entertaining videos, but it’s also a hub of educational videos on a variety of subjects. The AP plant disease page on YouTube is chock full of amazing videos like “Nematology: From Microbiomes to Management,” “Understanding Phytobiomes to Improve Agricultural Productivity,” and “Connecting Phytobiomes and Plant Health.”

Twitter Feed

These days, it’s all about the Tweets. Everybody from Chrissy Teigen to Donald Trump has taken to airing info and differences of opinion on Twitter for all the world to see. But, the APS Twitter feed has a lot more to say because their page offers everything from raspberries to the famous “Feed Me” scene from the 1986 blockbuster “Little Shop of Horrors” related to parasitic plants. This is a solid account to follow if you run a lawn service or are a turf care professional like a golf course superintendent.

So, if you have a burning desire to learn as much as you possibly can about plant pathology and diseases that may be affecting your plants, you’re sure to find it on the APS website. If you still find that you have questions about lawn diseases or turf care, give your local lawn care service a call for an in-person professional evaluation of your problem as they will almost surely have more experience dealing with common landscape and lawn pathogens. They also have the licenses needed to acquire the necessary chemicals to treat many of these pathogens that not allowed to be sold to the general public.