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Deutsche Phytomedizinische Gesellschaft e.V.

The German Scientific Society for Plant Protection and Plant Health r.S. (DPG)

DPG is the largest scientific association in plant protection and plant health in Germany. The Society is membership-based, and its members are mostly professionals within the entire field of phytomedicine.

Here, we define phytomedicine as the science of plant disorders (whether biotic or abiotic), their diagnosis, management and control. Phytomedicine deals with all infectious agents that attack plants, and also covers damage caused to crops by pests, diseases and weeds. Under our definition, we additionally include abiotic disorders such as drought, frost, flooding, poor drainage, nutrient deficiency, salt deposition and other soluble mineral excesses or wind, which may occur naturally or be man made. Other examples of man-made ‘problems’ include soil compaction, pollution of air and soil, salt applications on roads in urban areas, overuse  of pesticides, as well as poor education and poor training of people working with plants.


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