Is the adjective or noun form of 'pathogen' needed in this phrase:
Seed-borne fungal pathogen infection on the rice crop is an interesting subject of research.
Pathogen or pathogenic?
"Seedborne pathogenic fungi can greatly affect seed quality and cause diseases that impact seedling production in nurseries. Management strategies for the control of various seedborne diseases are based on the epidemiology of the diseases and the biology of the host and pathogen. This paper provides a brief review of seedborne fungal problems that affect conifer seeds and discusses established and potential control practices." source.