Plant Pathogen

Definition - What does Plant Pathogen mean?

A plant pathogen is a broad term that refers to any of the organisms, such as fungi, bacteria, protists, nematodes, and viruses that cause plant diseases.

Plant pathogens that cause plant diseases reduce a grower's ability to produce crops and can infect almost all types of plants.

MaximumYield explains Plant Pathogen

Plant pathogens that are fungal in nature are very common in the garden or greenhouse. For example, the condition of powdery mildew is caused by a common fungal plant pathogen that can infect almost any type of plant.

Another example of an extremely damaging plant pathogen is huanglongbing (HLB), more commonly known as citrus greening. This disease, caused by a bacterial plant pathogen, has seriously impacted citrus production all over the globe in just a few short years.

Plant pathogens cause billions of dollars’ worth of agricultural losses every year, and new plant pathogens are emerging all of the time.

Being ready to respond to any emerging plant pathogen requires preparation and carefully planned, scientific-based procedures that protect yields while lessening the negative impacts on agriculture and the economy. There are plenty of products on the market to help farmers deal with the specific plant pathogens they are having trouble with.

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