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Plants get sick just like people do. And like people, plants sometimes need extra help resisting infections. Deborah Samac specializes in fighting plant diseases. She’s a plant pathologist — someone who fights plant diseases, and figures out ways to keep plants healthy in the first place.
Diseases in plants can be caused by some of the same things that make people sick: viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi. While most plant diseases aren’t directly harmful to humans, the damage they do to their hosts can impact us significantly.