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Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Dr. Pamela Roberts

Vegetable Plant Pathology

Dr. Pamela D. Roberts is a Professor of Plant Pathology and State Extension Specialist for Vegetable Pathology at University of Florida, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Immokalee, FL.  She received her B.Sc. in Horticultural Sciences from Kansas State University, M.S. in Plant Pathology from University of Hawaii, and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Florida. 

Dr. Roberts’ research focus is on sustainable disease management.  Her program conducts research and extension programs on the diagnosis, epidemiology, and integrated management of plant diseases with emphasis on diseases on vegetables and other specialty crops.  Dr. Roberts manages the Florida Extension Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at SWFREC. This service provides plant disease diagnosis and disease management recommendation to clients. 

Her extension program provides educational information on plant diseases and field demonstrations and evaluation of integrated management strategies for the management of diseases. She has been awarded the UF/IFAS Jim App Team Award and The Dallas Townsend Distinguished Extension Award for her extension service. Dr. Roberts serves as Editor-in-Chief of the American Phytopathological Society journal Plant Health Progress. 

Research / Extension

  • Integrated management of plant diseases on vegetables and citrus with emphasis on bacterial and fungal-like pathogens
  • Plant disease diagnosis including a plant disease diagnostic extension service

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Dr. Pamela Roberts, Professor

Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC)
2685 SR 29 North Immokalee, FL 34142
(239) 658 - 3430
pdr@ufl.edu | Website

  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of Florida, Plant Pathology, 1996
    • M.S. University of Hawaii, Plant Pathology, 1991
    • B.S. Kansas State University, Horticultural Science, 1987
  • Professional Experience
    • 2010 - Present
      Professor, Plant Pathology Dept. SW Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida
    • 2004 - 2010
      Associate Professor, Plant Pathology Dept., SW Florida Research and Education Center. University of Florida.
    • 1997 - 2004
      Assistant Professor, Plant Pathology Dept. SW Florida Research and Education Center. University of Florida.
    • 1996 - 1997
      Plant Pathologist, Land Grant Program, American Samoa Community College, American Samoa.
    • May 1996 - September 1996
      Research Associate, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, University of Florida.
  • Awards and Honors
  • Publications
  • Other Professional Activities