Department

About the Department

Introduction

The Department of Plant Pathology at UFLA is currently devided into 12 areas that offer a total of 12 undergraduate courses in Agronomy, Forestry Engineering, Animal Science and Biology as well as 16 courses in the Plant Pathology, Plant Biotechnology Agricultural Microbiology graduate programs. Each area is specialized in the various fields of Plant Pathology; namely, Bacteriology, Biological Control, Chemical Control, Diagnosis, Epidemiology and Management of plant diseases, plant-pathogen interactions, Mycology, Microscopy, Nematology, Forest Pathology, Seed Pathology and Plant Virology.

The research developed by these areas are related to their respective field of expertise in collaboration with scientists not only dwelling at UFLA but also from different universities and research centers throughout Brazil and other countries such as: Belgium (Université de Liège), The United Stated of America (University of Delaware, Iowa State University, University of Nebraska, Idaho University, Purdue University, Texas Technology University, Kansas State University), Netherlands (Wageningen University and Plant Reseach International), Mexico (Universidad. Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo) and Portugal (CIPF Café). Located among the department’s many facilities is a multipurpose electron microscopy lab that meets all demands on microscopy-related techniques at UFLA and many other research centers. The department also conducts an extension service, through its specialized labs, (Phytosanitary Clinic, Virus Indexing Center, Seed Pathology and Nematology labs) in order to identity and quantify diseases and to certify propagating material, thus equally fulfilling the needs of both small farmer’s and large scale seed producing companies from simple diagnosis to quarantine purposes.

UFLA and the Plant Pathology Department History

The Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA) was founded in 1908 under the name of Escola Superior de Agricultura de Lavras (ESAL). It became a federal university in 1963 and in 1972 an autarky, then ranked into a University on 12/28/94─funded by the Federal Government. During 1995, a new statute as well as a new school policy were effectively established. UFLA─located in Lavras, in the south of Minas Gerais, a southern state in Brazil─has always aimed at establishing the study, research and extention on the field of Agricultural Science, Life Science and Computer Science as well as creating new technologies. The Plant pathology Department was stablished in 1973 as a dissociation from the Entomology and Plant Pathology sub-areas of the Agriculture Department, which was effective until the year of 1996. During this period, the Plant pathology Department created the Master graduate course on the Phytossanity area, which started in 1984 and was mainly focused on the Entomology and Plant Pathology sub-areas. By the end of 1996, 51 dissertations were defended on the Entomology area and 57 on Plant Pathology. At the turn of 1996 the Phytossanity Department was divided into the Department of Plant Pathology and the Department of Entomology. Meanwhile the current Agriculture/Plant Pathology Master Course was transformed into the Entomology Master Course. In March, 1997 a new course, namely Plant Pathology Master and Doctorate Course, was brought into existence as granted by of GTC/CAPES, according to the 19/12/1996 REF.CA /GTC/368 decree. Those who had already been taking the former sub-Plant Pathology master course were transferred to the new course and consequently, in its very first year, seven students received their Master Title. At the end of 1997, four new members were hired by the Plant Pathology Department, three on the Doctorate level and one on the Master. Hence, the Course had 11 professors available for the year of 1998, which provided an increase on the number of better qualified advisors and human resources for the development of new researches on the fields of Mycology, Epidemiology, and Plant Resistance to diseases as well as Electronic Microscopy. In 2010, as REUNI (…) came about, The Plant Pathology Department managed to integrate one more faculty member on Biological Disease Control. At the moment the department has 12 members all together. Therefore, the Agronomy / Plant Pathology Master and Doctorate Course currently incorporates a highly qualified staff, which is capable of fulfilling its initial human resources backgrounding proposal to perform on the study, research and extension area of Plant Pathology. 

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Introduction

The Department of Plant Pathology at UFLA is currently devided into 12 areas that offer a total of 12 undergraduate courses in Agronomy, Forestry Engineering, Animal Science and Biology as well as 16 courses in the Plant Pathology, Plant Biotechnology Agricultural Microbiology graduate programs. Each area is specialized in the various fields of Plant Pathology; namely, Bacteriology, Biological Control, Chemical Control, Diagnosis, Epidemiology and Management of plant diseases, plant-pathogen interactions, Mycology, Microscopy, Nematology, Forest Pathology, Seed Pathology and Plant Virology.

The research developed by these areas are related to their respective field of expertise in collaboration with scientists not only dwelling at UFLA but also from different universities and research centers throughout Brazil and other countries such as: Belgium (Université de Liège), The United Stated of America (University of Delaware, Iowa State University, University of Nebraska, Idaho University, Purdue University, Texas Technology University, Kansas State University), Netherlands (Wageningen University and Plant Reseach International), Mexico (Universidad. Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo) and Portugal (CIPF Café). Located among the department’s many facilities is a multipurpose electron microscopy lab that meets all demands on microscopy-related techniques at UFLA and many other research centers. The department also conducts an extension service, through its specialized labs, (Phytosanitary Clinic, Virus Indexing Center, Seed Pathology and Nematology labs) in order to identity and quantify diseases and to certify propagating material, thus equally fulfilling the needs of both small farmer’s and large scale seed producing companies from simple diagnosis to quarantine purposes.
The Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA) was founded in 1908 under the name of Escola Superior de Agricultura de Lavras (ESAL). It became a federal university in 1963 and in 1972 an autarky, then ranked into a University on 12/28/94─funded by the Federal Government. During 1995, a new statute as well as a new school policy were effectively established. UFLA─located in Lavras, in the south of Minas Gerais, a southern state in Brazil─has always aimed at establishing the study, research and extention on the field of Agricultural Science, Life Science and Computer Science as well as creating new technologies. The Plant pathology Department was stablished in 1973 as a dissociation from the Entomology and Plant Pathology sub-areas of the Agriculture Department, which was effective until the year of 1996. During this period, the Plant pathology Department created the Master graduate course on the Phytossanity area, which started in 1984 and was mainly focused on the Entomology and Plant Pathology sub-areas. By the end of 1996, 51 dissertations were defended on the Entomology area and 57 on Plant Pathology. At the turn of 1996 the Phytossanity Department was divided into the Department of Plant Pathology and the Department of Entomology. Meanwhile the current Agriculture/Plant Pathology Master Course was transformed into the Entomology Master Course. In March, 1997 a new course, namely Plant Pathology Master and Doctorate Course, was brought into existence as granted by of GTC/CAPES, according to the 19/12/1996 REF.CA /GTC/368 decree. Those who had already been taking the former sub-Plant Pathology master course were transferred to the new course and consequently, in its very first year, seven students received their Master Title. At the end of 1997, four new members were hired by the Plant Pathology Department, three on the Doctorate level and one on the Master. Hence, the Course had 11 professors available for the year of 1998, which provided an increase on the number of better qualified advisors and human resources for the development of new researches on the fields of Mycology, Epidemiology, and Plant Resistance to diseases as well as Electronic Microscopy. In 2010, as REUNI (…) came about, The Plant Pathology Department managed to integrate one more faculty member on Biological Disease Control. At the moment the department has 12 members all together. Therefore, the Agronomy / Plant Pathology Master and Doctorate Course currently incorporates a highly qualified staff, which is capable of fulfilling its initial human resources backgrounding proposal to perform on the study, research and extension area of Plant Pathology.