Protecting and enhancing the agricultural economy of West Virginia through plant disease surveys and education.
The WVDA Agricultural Plant Pathology Program monitors for high-risk plant diseases that threaten interstate and international trade relationships and have the potential to cause significant crop damage if introduced to West Virginia. Early detection is key to reducing the negative impacts of exotic plant pathogens. Monitoring levels of established and emerging plant pathogens is also a crucial part of the program.
Education and Outreach
The WVDA Agricultural Plant Pathology Program also provides science-based knowledge for managing plant diseases to growers and citizens of West Virginia through workshops, publications and online resources.
Featured WVDA Plant Pathology Articles
(Market Bulletin, April 2009)
Plum pox virus of stone fruit (Market Bulletin feature for March, 2009)
Plant parasitic-cyst nematodes (Market Bulletin feature for January, 2009)
Wild, wonderful mistletoe! (Market Bulletin feature for December, 2008)
Soybean rust updates (Market Bulletin feature for July, 2008) Updated Oct. 2008
Featured External Resource Links
The Orchard Monitor (WVU Extension)
West Virginia Agriculture News and Snapshots
Norman L. Dart
Agricultural Plant Pathologist
Plant Industries Division
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305-0191
Phone: 304-558-2212 x 3720