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An understanding of pathogen biology and ecology is central to the field of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology.  While most research programs focus on specific diseases, pathogens, or pathogen groups, the ultimate goal of this research area is to identify principles that will apply to multiple pathogens, other pathosystems, and plant-microbiology as a whole. 

Research is interdisciplinary, but individuals and programs usually emphasize specific approaches. 

Pathogen Biology and Ecology Faculty Expertise

Fruit Trees

Field crops


Vegetable crops

Ornamental crops