Tropical Plant Pathology (PP 540)

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Tropical Plant Pathology. Class introduces students to agriculture in the tropics and diseases on tropical crops including cacao, banana, potato, root vegetables and coffee will be given. Trade issues relevant to US and Central American farmers are discussed. Students learn conversational travel Spanish.  A study abroad trip to Costa Rica is included and tours of coffee, banana, pineapple, tropical fruit, cacao and vegetable farms in the country are planned. Students will learn about the diseases, social and political issues facing farmers in the developing world. You must complete PP 540 Tropical Plant Pathology to be considered for Global Plant Health internship program. See CALS news article on the class.

Summer study abroad trip to Costa Rica -estimated cost of the study abroad trip is $1800 and travel scholarships up to $500 per student will be awarded.

Dr. Jean Ristaino (far left) and Dr. Margo Daub (fourth from right) with the 2012 Tropical Plant Pathology students at InBio Park in San Jose Costa Rica. Dr. Monica Blanco Meneses (third from right) and Oscar Castro (far right) from Universidad de Costa Roca were instructors.