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Can we catch a disease from a diseased plant?

Sat, 15th Oct 2011

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Question

Theo Gibson, Facebook asked:

Can we actually catch a disease from a diseased plant?

Answer

Chris -   Well, I think first of all most people should relax because theyíre very unlikely to catch diseases from plants because they will be immune to the sorts of pathogens that attack plants, but there are some exceptions.  One example would be Aspergillus which a mould that grows on grain and that can be a very serious problem if people inhale the spores.

Ben -   And this leads to Farmerís Lung, I think itís called, where you get these developments in the lung very much like asbestosis, you end up with a very serious lung disorder?

Chris -   Correct.

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