Message to visitors

Welcome to the website for the Phytopathological Society of Japan (PSJ). The PSJ was founded in 1916 to promote or spread knowledge of plant diseases and their control in Japan, and now has been grown as an international society. In 2013, our society has 2048 members including 25 overseas members, and in addition 360 student members. Plant pathology is an interdisciplinary science through plant diseases that includes knowledge of microbiology, plant science, molecular genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and physiology. Plant diseases are caused by living organisms (called pathogens) such as fungi, bacteria, viruses, viroids and phytoplasmas; and by nonliving agents such as air pollutants, nutrient imbalances, and various environmental factors. The society covers broad areas of basic and applied plant pathology, including diagnosis of plant diseases and identification of the causative agents, mechanisms for pathogen infection and multiplication, plant-pathogen interactions, mechanisms for plant disease resistance, epidemiology on disease transmission, monitoring or assessment, chemical and biological control, development of disease-resistant plants, and related areas dealing with plant pathological disorders. Plant pathology has made a brilliant contribution in disease protection of food crops, forests and landscape plants, and also has made a great contribution to scientific development of other fields, such as molecular biology, molecular genetics, plant biotechnology, etc. At present, plant pathology is spotlighted not only as a plant medical science, but also as a hot and attractive field in the area of agricultural and life sciences. The PSJ aims at more contributive society in developing basic bioscience and maintaining the health of agricultural and non-agricultural plants.

President of the PSJ