Open Plant Pathology is an initiative that supports and promotes the spread of all open, transparent and reproducible practices in the field of plant pathology. We advocate for an open science culture and our teams work to enhance this culture by 1) Offering Workshops in-person or via webinars, 2) Organizing Virtual Seminars for enhancing scientific exchanges, 3) Developing open sources tools and 4) Supporting Editorial Boards of journals to enhance reproducibility.

A post-talk interview with Dr. Susann Auer, a specialist on biocontrol of clubroot disease of brassicas. Susann is also a passionate lecturer who shows care towards her students and is thoughtful in considering her fellow researchers.


After two years promoting and supporting openness, transparency and reproducibility in our field, we are very proud to announce a new exciting project. Get to know the Virtual Seminars (aka science webinars), a new venue for delivering scientific talks in plant pathology-related topics.


Technology driven cassava pest management
Mon, May 4, 2020 9:00 AM
How the study of necrotrophic effectors advanced our understanding of the enigmatic PR-1 protein
Mon, Apr 20, 2020 7:00 PM
The diversity and molecular evolution of plant defence against pathogens in nature
Mon, Apr 6, 2020 10:00 AM
Molecular response of clubroot infected plants to the endophytic fungus Acremonium alternatum
Tue, Mar 31, 2020 10:00 AM
Reproducible Reports and Research Using R
Mon, Nov 25, 2019 1:30 PM
Get your research project organized, shareable and reproducible using R
Sat, Aug 3, 2019 1:00 PM

Our teams

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Adam Sparks

Founder. Webmaster. Plant pathologist and epidemiologist. University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Emerson Del Ponte

Founder. Webdesign. Plant disease epidemiologist. Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil

Zhian kamvar

Reproducibility team. Plant pathologist. The Carpentries

Lisa Rothmann

Blog and social media Editor. Plant pathologist. University of the Free State, Bloemfontein South Africa

Benjamin Schwessinger

Virtual Seminars Coordination. Plant pathologist. Australian National University, Canberra, Australia