Plant Pathology Lab, NFREC



Our lab is located at the North Florida Research and Education Center of the University of Florida at Quincy, FL. This website has been designed as part of our extension program on vegetable and ornamental crops with support from numerous collaborators within the University of Florida.

We run one of the four plant diagnostic clinics in the state of Florida, which is part of the Southern and Florida Plant Diagnostic Network (SPDN, FPDN). Our lab is actively involved with Electronic Data Information Source (EDIS) and Distance Diagnostic and Identification System (DDIS) of the University of Florida.

Our U-scout extension program through this website includes a plant disease DATABASE, plant disease BLOG, plant disease WATCH, plant disease management TUTOR, pest ALERT, pest MONITOR and a plant disease PUBS section.

The goal of this interactive website is to routinely inform and train extension agents, commercial scouts, master gardeners, industry personnel and city landscapers on field identification of diseases and its management. This website serves as an interface between our lab and the clientele groups mentioned above who utilizes the information for supporting vegetables and ornamental crop producers in Florida.

The U-scout program is a joint collaboration between the Department of Plant Pathology and North Florida Research and Education Center of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida.

The seed funding for this website came from a grant from the office of the Dean for Extension, Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida (2011 - 2012). Current funding for this program is through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (2013 - 2015) in partnership with Florida A & M University.


welcome to the U-scout program of the University of Florida

Mathews L. Paret

Assistant Professor, Plant Pathology

Dept. of Plant Pathology, University of Florida

North Florida Research and Education Center

155 Research Road, Quincy, FL-32351

850-875-7154, 850-875-7188 (fax)


Fanny Iriarte, Plant Disease Diagnostician

850-875-7140; E:mail:

Hank Dankers, Plant Disease Diagnostician

Laura Ritchie, Biological Scientist

Charlene Cupp Kinch, Web support


Josh Freeman, NFREC, Vegetable crops

Gary Knox, NFREC, Ornamental crops

Steve Olson, NFREC, Vegetable crops

Gary Vallad, GCREC, Plant Pathology

Aaron Palmateer, TREC, Plant Pathology

Nick Dufault, Dept. of Plant Pathology

Jeff Jones, Dept. of Plant Pathology

Carrie Harmon, Dept. of Plant Pathology

Bob Hochmuth, Regional County Agent

Gene McAvoy, Regional County Agent

Mathew Orwat, Horticulture Agent

Rob Trawick, Horticulture Agent

Mary Derrick, Horticulture Agent

Blake Thaxton, Horticulture Agent

Libbie Johnson, Agriculture Agent

Muhammad Haseeb, Florida A &M

Alex Bolques, Florida A & M

Disease of the month:

Rose Mosaic Disease