The Plant Pathology program envisions achieving a sustainable production of vegetable and small fruits in the state of Missouri by implementing economically viable and environmentally acceptable disease management strategies. The program strives to achieve this goal through coordinating state-wide extension programs on integrated disease management, conducting trainings and workshops, producing educational materials on early detection and prevention strategies, and increasing farmers’ knowledge on use of less hazardous and environment benign curative measures against vegetable and small fruit diseases.
Developing statewide extension programs on integrated management of vegetable and small fruit diseases in Missouri
Conducting trainings and workshops for regional extension specialists, extension agents and farmers on various aspects of diagnosis, identification and management of vegetable and small fruit diseases
Providing fact-based, cost-effective and environment-friendly disease management recommendations for vegetable and small fruit growers and producers.
Areas covered by the Lincoln University Cooperative Extension Plant Pathology program
Diagnosis and identification of vegetable and small fruit diseases
Management of foliar and soil borne diseases of vegetables and small fruits
Coordinate statewide extension programs on integrated management of vegetable and small fruit diseases
Dr. Zelalem Mersha
State Plant Pathology Specialist
214 Allen Hall
900 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: (573) 681-5634