Dr. Ann Chase graduated from the University of California at Riverside with a PhD from the Department of Plant Pathology in 1979. She was Professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida Central Florida Agricultural Research and Education Center from 1979 until 1993. Ann started Chase Horticultural Research in February 1994. The business conducted contract research, diagnostics, consulting, and training through talks and writing on diseases of ornamentals. Chase Agricultural Consulting was opened in December 2011 specializing in educating and consulting with growers and suppliers in ornamentals as well as select agricultural crops. They continue to produce the monthly newsletter Chase Digest (formerly Chase News) as well as Ask Ann for quick consultations on disease ID and control. Dr. Chase co-authored “Diseases of Herbaceous Perennials” and "Bedding Plant Disease and Pest Compendium" with Margery Daughtrey and Dr. Raymond Cloyd which was published in 2018.