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Department of Plant Pathology

Welcome to the Department of Plant Pathology

We are a department of plant and microbial scientists, teaching and experimenting alongside our students, the next generation of scientists and leaders.

Our internationally recognized programs and faculty, culturally diverse students, state-of-the-art facilities and friendly atmosphere provide an ideal environment for learning. While browsing our pages, please consider whether joining a community like ours might be the right training experience for you to launch or advance your science career.

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Environmentally friendly invention may save soybean industry millions of dollars per year

If parasites want to get to soybeans, they'll have to go through Kansas State University researchers first. 

Harold N. Trick, professor of plant pathology; Timothy C. Todd, instructor of plant pathology; and Jiarui Li, research assistant professor in plant pathology, have designed and patented a soybean variety that protects from nematode parasitic infestation. 

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KSU Plant Pathology Contributes to Regional Tree Disease Book

Department members Judy O'Mara, Megan Kennelly, and Tim Todd along with retired adjunct faculty Jon Appel (Kansas Dept of Agriculture) are all contributors to a newly-released publication, Diseases of Trees in the Great Plains. The book is a product of a large team of plant pathologists from multiple institutions. The printed 241 page version will be out later this fall. The book is now available online as a pdf:



Fall 2016 AgReport Published

Fall 2016 AgReport

Ananda Bandara Wins Two Awards!!!

Ananda Bandara

Congratulations to Ananda Bandara recipient of the 2016 “Outstanding Graduate Student Award” from the Sorghum Improvement Conference of North America (SICNA). Also, Ananda won the 2nd place oral presentation award at the SICNA meeting held September 19-21 in Manhattan, Kansas.


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Revised July 7, 2015.


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Satyanarayana Tatieneni

Dr. Satyanarayana Tatieneni (T.S.)

USDA-ARS Research Plant Pathologist


Interactions of wheat streak mosaic virus and Triticum mosaic virus with host and vector and much more


Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 3:45 p.m.
4031 Throckmorton PSC