Definition - What does Plant Pathology mean?
Plant pathology is the study of plant diseases, pathogens, and the environmental conditions that affect the plant’s overall growth. The study encompasses a wide array of categories such as plant viruses, fungi, bacteria, nematodes, protozoa, viruses, virus-like organisms, parasitic plants, viroid, and oomycetes.
Plant pathology is also the study of pathogens, genetics, plant disease cycles, disease etiology, the economic impact of plants, diseases cycles, and the coalition of plants with humans and animals.
MaximumYield explains Plant Pathology
Plant pathology is the basic understanding of how plants grow, their lifecycle, and how they die. Through the perceptions of plant pathology, improvements on plant production, health, growth, disease resistance, and harvest can all be vastly improved.
Plant pathology takes into consideration many factors of a plant’s life, such as pests, climate, and nutrition, to gain a greater knowledge of how to improve or combat things that may adversely take a toll on a plant’s life cycle.
In some situations, plant pathology is used to improve a plant’s life and increase harvest, but in other areas plant pathology is used to combat invasive plants and prevent an unbalance in the natural ecosystem that often occurs when a non-native weed invades.