Can we catch a disease from a diseased plant?

16 October 2011

Question

Can we actually catch a disease from a diseased plant?

Answer

Chris - Well, I think first of all most people should relax because they're 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 Farmer's Lung, I think it's 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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