From the Irish potato famine, the potential devestation of soybean rust and UG99, to the most recent late blight outbreak in the northeast, plant diseases directly affect the human population on a daily basis. Yet few are aware of the vital role that plant pathology has played, and continues to play, in feeding our growing population and maintaining the health of the plants that sustain us. Plant health scientists find methods of food production that don't jeopardize human health or the environment.
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