confocal laser scanning microscope image

Confocal laser scanning microscope image

Aecia of the rust fungi Melamspora epitea on balsam fir

Melamspora epitea on balsam fir

Arabodopsis flower stain

Arabodopsis flower stain

Vegetable pathology field trip

Vegetable pathology field trip

Inoculating in the greenhouse

Two people in a greenhouse
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Welcome

Welcome to Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology. We are making new scientific discoveries about the interactions between plants and microbes and developing innovative solutions to address the challenges of 21st century agriculture across the globe. We offer students and postgraduate scholars unparalleled opportunities to study the origins and consequences of plant diseases. At the same time, we provide essential information to decision-makers, including agriculture producers, educators, policymakers, home gardeners, and local communities.

Graduate Program Areas

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology is a multi-faceted discipline that comprises various subjects. To reflect this diversity, the Graduate Program is organized into the following three concentrations:

Plant PathologyPlant Pathology

Biology and integrated management of plant disease organisms.

Fungal and Oomycete BiologyFungal and Oomycete Biology

Fungi and oomycetes including genomics, ecology and systematics.

Plant-Microbe BiologyPlant-Microbe Biology

Molecular genetics of interactions between microbes and plants.

Undergraduate Opportunities

The Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology undergraduate curriculum focuses broadly on infectious diseases of plants, animals, and humans, and integrates concepts and principles across all major host species.