- Educate undergraduate and graduate students in the science and practice of our discipline.
- Prepare individuals for leadership roles in academia, agribusinesses, non-profit organizations, governmental research, outreach, and regulation, etc.
- Conduct research that will advance our understanding of interactions between plants and microbes and the cause and management of plant disease.
- Transfer research-based information and technology to stakeholders in the fields, landscapes, laboratories, and classrooms of New York State, the nation, and the world.
Greetings and welcome to the Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology!
Our department has been an active center of investigation for more than a century with a wonderful legacy of scholarship in research and education about pathogenesis, plant-associated microbes, and sustainable methods to suppress plant disease. We have a rich history of developing leaders in plant biology throughout the world, and our alumni remain close friends with each other and department faculty members.
We teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses that deal with the biology and management of infectious diseases, and the pathogens that cause disease. While we devote most effort to plant disease, our basic investigations deal with questions common to host-pathogen interactions across many taxonomy. Our faculty members work in Geneva, Ithaca, the Hudson Valley, and on Long Island.
We designed this web site as a helpful gateway to information about our faculty members, students and staff; the range of courses that we teach; and information for growers about plant disease, including how to submit a plant sample for diagnosis.
By the numbers
- 35 faculty members, 12 adjunct faculty, and 5 Field-associated faculty
- 28 graduate students
- More than 30 post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists
- More than 65 support staff
- 31 courses offered, plus independent research and internships
Professor and Chair