The British Society for Plant Pathology (BSPP) was founded in 1981 for the study and advancement of plant pathology.

The BSPP welcomes members from all over the world and from all branches of plant pathology. We support the professional interests of plant pathologists worldwide and provide information and communicate with our members via a newsletter, website and annual meeting.

We organise regular scientific meetings, edit three international pathology journals and make funds available to members for both travel expenses and short term undergraduate and masters level studentships. 


BSPP is supporting the curation of cereal and oilseed disease information on FarmPEP, and appropriate IPM approaches, through a small grant won by James Fortune.


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Diseases infect susceptible plant hosts, where environmental conditions favor disease development. Infected crops achieve lower yields and the quality of the produce can also be affected.

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Plant Pathology 2023, the main annual meeting of the BSPP – The British Society for Plant Pathology.  The meeting will feature open sessions based on submitted abstracts as well as sessions organised by Rob Jackson, the RKS Wood Prize, PH Gregory Prize and J Colhoun Poster Prize. The meeting is being jointly organised with Association of Applied Biologists and will feature additional sessions on ‘Climate Change-induced patterns of plant pests and pathogens’ and ‘Technological solutions to combat climate change-induced biotic challenges’.

We need more woodland for people to enjoy, for nature, to sustain our timber security and to help reduce the impact of climate change.