Petri dishes with cultures


Students extracting RNA
Students extracting RNA from plant tissue

Welcome to the Field of Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology, which is managed by the Department of Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University.

From our beginnings as one of the first departments of plant pathology in the country, our tradition of excellence has centered on training graduate students for leadership in the field.  As a graduate student in our Department, you will be part of this extraordinary legacy.

We invite you to explore our three program concentrations

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Graduate Student Research Spotlight

Carly Summers

Carly Summers

Carly Summers

Cover crops are important in management of both organic and conventional agriculture. Using a macroarray, a high-throughput diagnostic technique, we are identifying fungal and oomycete pathogens infecting plants grown in a variety of cover crop mixtures.  The goal is to determine if certain mixtures of cover crops foster soils suppressive to pathogens.