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Plant Pathology

Plant pathology involves keeping plants healthy by diagnosing and treating common plant diseases. Field-specific undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available. Read on to learn about academic and career options in plant pathology.

Inside Plant Pathology

According to the American Phytopathological Society (APS), plant pathology combines studies in botany, crop science, soil science, genetics, microbiology, physiology and molecular biology (www.apsnet.org). Professionals in this field study plant diseases to stop the threat against trees, crops and other plants that prevent them from thriving. Communication and interpersonal skills are important for plant pathologists. In addition, professionals in this field need to know how to use a microscope, analyze computer data and apply statistics.

Whether you want to discover information about training, identify distance learning options or explore some of the interdisciplinary fields in plant pathology, Study.com has resources for you.

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