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

Adrienne Gorny

Adrienne Gorny

My research is aimed at understanding and refining the quantification of disease risk by using the root knot nematode Meloidogyne hapla/potato pathosystem as a model.  I am using molecular biology techniques to identify and quantify nematode populations within the soil pre-plant; from this, I am seeking to develop risk algorithms to assess risk of subsequent potato crop loss from potato Root knot nematode, while also investigating how spatial and temporal factors may influence nematode populations.