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Welcome to the Field of Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology, which is managed by the Section of Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology in the School of Integrative Plant Sciences 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

Washington DaSilva

Washington da Silva

My work centers on Potato Virus Y (PVY), the major virus pathogen of potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.).  I am investigating the changes in the genetic diversity structure of PVY populations introduced during vertical and horizontal transmission of the virus.  My other research focus is to identify molecular markers in potato that are linked to genes correlated with the expression of potato tuber necrotic ringspot disease (PTNRD), a tuber deformity associated with infections by necrotic strains of PVY.