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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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Meet our incoming Department Head!

Dr. Marty Draper will be joining us in July. Marty comes to us from USDA-NIFA where he has served as National Program Leader for Plant Pathology since 2006. Prior to that, Marty was a faculty member at South Dakota State University as an Extension Plant Pathologist. Marty also has extensive experience in disease diagnostics and has been the leader for the National Plant Diagnostic Network. Welcome Marty!



 Better bread: How researchers use genomics to predict bread quality and accelerate wheat variety development.

A new study from the Poland lab.

Researchers from Kansas State University were part of a team that used wheat quality data generated in the test baking lab and built prediction algorithms for determining quality traits in new generations of candidate wheat varieties using DNA markers. Read more...

A Fitbit For Plants? 

 Plant breeders test their experiments by growing the seeds of their labor. They cross two different plants that have desirable traits. They sow the resulting seeds and evaluate the results, hoping to find a candidate variety that is better than anything currently available.






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