The Plant Pathology program focuses on serving the citizens of Texas with high-quality educational programs, research that directly addresses current plant disease challenges faced by clients, and plant disease management support.
We focus on educational programs addressing a wide range of subjects and audiences. Master Gardener Intern introductory courses, and more advanced Master Gardener Specialist subject matter courses are provided to support the volunteer Master Gardener program. Crop or disease-specific courses are delivered to serve crop producers and stakeholders in the Southwest, Hill Country, Coastal Bend, and Central Texas areas.
Our current research projects involve a variety of crops, reflecting the diverse production in Uvalde and the surrounding area of Texas. These include work on several diseases of spinach, cabbage, cotton root rot tolerance screening, and informal disease survey of olive varieties, and bacteriophage management of Pierce’s Disease in grapes. We are also working on an informal study of sesame diseases.
Our program provides plant disease management support to stakeholders, both commercial producers, and homeowners. Through our program, we can supply a diagnosis of plant problems and management plans appropriate for the diagnosis and tailored to individual situations and needs.
Dr. Kimberly Cochran
Office: TAMU AgriLife Research & Extension Center
1619 Garner Field Rd, Uvalde, TX 78801