Plant pathology is a major factor in plant production. By enabling an understanding and correct diagnosis of plant pathogens, it provides an essential platform from which to assess and implement strategies for combating plant diseases. Sometimes farmers are unable to establish what precise type of plant disease or pest infestation they are facing, as they are not plant pathologists.

Some diseases resemble each other very closely and require in-depth laboratory analysis. One such problematic disease is black wheat stem rust, against which all fungicides are ineffective.

The farming industry needs quarantine laboratories which can promptly forecast and issue warnings for these diseases by detecting and diagnosing harmful organisms in good time.

What instruments does the Commission have at its disposal to resolve the plant disease issues that farmers encounter?