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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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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.

Faculty Participate in White House Summit

Global Development

Three Kansas State University faculty members recently were invited by President Barack Obama to participate in the White House Summit on Global Development.

The trio — Jesse Poland, Vara Prasad and Jagger Harvey — attended the July 20 event because they lead programs at the university that provide solutions to world hunger and nutrition.

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Employment Opportunities

Prospective Graduate Students

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 Trevor Hefley

Dr. Trevor Hefley
Department of Statistics, Kansas State University


Dynamic spatio-temporal statistical models for disease epidemics


Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 3:45 p.m.
4031 Throckmorton PSC


Eduard Akhunov

Dr. Eduard Akhunov
Department of Plant Pathology

Title: To be announced

Thursday, October 6, 2016 @ 3:45 p.m.
4031 Throckmorton PSC


Dr. Bailin Li
Research Fellow, DuPont Pioneer, Johnston, IA

Forward Genetics in Maize: Gene Discovery for Trait Improvement

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 3:45 p.m.
4031 Throckmorton PSC