infection vs. infestation
randyfulle at aol.com
Fri Nov 7 22:32:17 EST 1997
Sorry Gisella your American pathologist is correct.
Classical usage: INFECTION: penetration of a plant, now th host, by an organism
and the establishment of a parasitic or pathogenic relationship.
INFEST(ation): to run over the surface of a plant, or to be dispersed through
soil or other substrate. used especially of insect and other animal pests.
When used with reference to micro-organisms or virus particles on plant
surfaces there is NO impication that infection has occurred. The infesting
organism may or may not be a contaminant: infest and contaminate are not
Dr. Randy Fuller
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