|A plant pathologist’s role in the discovery and development of disease control products.|
R. BOUNDS (1). (1) Syngenta Crop Protection, Visalia, CA, U.S.A.
Plant pathologists in industry contribute to the discovery and development of new products. Closely working with chemists, key targets and assay systems are developed to quickly determine which of the thousands of compounds screened should be advanced for further evaluation. Laboratory experiments are initially required to assess new products while greenhouse and field studies are needed to promote products through the development pipeline and into the market. Industry plant pathologists utilize a wide range of skills in basic and applied plant pathology to develop new innovations into products that directly contribute to disease management. This presentation will describe specific roles and how to prepare for a career as an industry plant pathologist.