Botany and Plant Pathology: Life as a Plant Doctor - View the video

Brian  Hudelson

Brian Hudelson
UW-Madison Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic

1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Brian Hudelson is affectionately known as “Dr. Death” because of his love of plant diseases. Brian received his BS in Botany, Bacteriology and Molecular Biology, MS in Biometry and PhD in Plant Pathology from the UW-Madison, and in 1998, became the director of the Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic (PDDC). The PDDC, part of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Extension, provides expertise in diagnosing plant disease problems, and provides information on diseases and their control to a wide range of clientele throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Plants need doctors too. That’s been the passion for Brian Hudelson over the years as he turned his love of plants into a career. Learning to identify plant diseases and how to control them is an important area of plant science. Brian shares his insight on the areas of botany and plant pathology and how the work of plant scientists helps other industries such as agriculture and horticulture identify issues and find solutions. (Running Time 22:48)