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Our research into plant diseases is helping gardeners make informed choices on plants and control methods
Plant pathology is the science of plant diseases that either kill or reduce the ability of a plant to survive, produce flowers or fruit. They are caused by micro-organisms normally referred to as pathogens; which include fungi, bacteria and viruses.
RHS Plant Pathologists work across several aspects of plant diseases.
Our pathologists give advice to gardeners on how to control diseases and they study the biology and classification of new and important garden pathogens such as Phytophthora. This is a fungus-like pathogen that contains many different species and can affect a wide range of plants, making them unsightly or causing them to die or under-perform.
Our plant pathology work covers several aspects of plant diseases, from their control and the study of their biology and taxonomy to offering gardeners the latest advice about garden pathogens.
Find out more about RHS projects on diseases
The work of the plant pathologists is published in several international journals including Plant Pathology, Plant Disease, Mycologia, Mycological Research,and The Mycologist, as well as several RHS publications.
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