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.
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Sarachek Travel Award given to Ananda Bandara
Kansas State University scientists to help identify genes that control wheat yield
Kansas State University is among 19 groups that have joined forces to identify the genes that affect wheat yield. The genes will be deposited into public databases and used in breeding programs nationwide.
NIFA grant will boost Kansas State University’s efforts to edit wheat’s genetic code
Kansas State University has received $300,000 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to conduct a gene-editing project on wheat varieties. Researchers can modify parts of the wheat’s genome so it can perform better in farmers’ fields.
Kansas State University scientists gain upper hand on devastating wheat scab disease
Kansas State University scientists say they have isolated and cloned a gene that provides resistance to Fusarium head blight, or wheat scab, a crippling disease that caused $7.6 billion in losses in U.S. wheat fields between 1993 and 2001.
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.
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:
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