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1st Nov 2012

The British Society of Plant Pathology (BSPP) Audit of Plant Pathology Training and Education in the UK was published in November. It reports a major decline in teaching and research on plant diseases in British Universities. Fewer than half the institutions that teach biology, agriculture, or forestry offer plant pathology courses. President of the BSPP Professor James Brown said, “These job losses are severe. Britain is not producing graduates with the expertise needed to identify and control plant diseases in our farms and woodlands. One of the most worrying finding is the decline in practical training in plant pathology.”

For more information and the full report, go to: http://www.bspp.org.uk/news.php?id=54