Results and Advice backed by Plant Pathologists

We have unusual challenges brought to us all the time at Denele. Many times, it is not chemistry that is required to solve the mystery, whether it be a discolored leaf, strange larva in a fruit, or anything else you can imagine. It’s pure science and experience. That’s why we are so proud of our farming heritage and our plant pathology background. If you have a basic question or a real problem, stop by the lab and show us what you’re dealing with – we can help.

Plant diseases are caused by a variety of living organisms, called pathogens. This includes fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes, phytoplasmas and parasitic plants. They can also be caused by nonliving agents, such as air pollutants, nutrient imbalances, and various environmental factors. New diseases and changes in existing pathogens remain a constant challenge for California agriculture.

Our on-staff plant pathologists cooperate with plant breeders, crop management, insect and weed specialists in developing integrated, environmentally sound approaches to managing crops and their pests. A plant pathologist is a professional who specializes in plant health, much like a physician specializing in human health or a veterinarian in animal health.

Keeping plants healthy requires an understanding of organisms and agents that cause disease as well as an understanding of how plants grow and are affected by disease. We take your issues seriously, and you can be assured that our results and advice is backed by a Certified Plant Pathologist.