EDUCATION: Maladies of Field, Orchard, and Greenhouse

Science  19 Sep 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5640, pp. 1641
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5640.1641e

Crop illnesses such as citrus canker and tomato early blight cost farmers and growers billions of dollars a year. Students can learn more about plant diseases and pathology at this peer-reviewed, information-packed site from the American Phytopathological Society in St. Paul, Minnesota. Teachers will find lessons geared for K-12 students and introductory and advanced college levels. Tutorials delve into the causes and symptoms of more than 30 colorfully named plant ailments, from blackleg to stinking smut to apple scab, an attack by the insidious fungus Venturia inaequalis. Brief articles explore topics such as how sequencing the Caenorhabditis elegans worm's genome could benefit plant pathology: The data could expose molecular weak points of nematode pests. All three levels also supply lab exercises, illustrated glossaries, and other handy resources.

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