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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.


Study identifies the last major vernalization gene in wheat

A Kansas State University wheat geneticist is part of a breakthrough study that identifies one of the wheat genes that controls response to low temperature exposure, a process called vernalization. Natural variation in vernalization genes defines when the plant begins to flower and is critical for adaptation to different environments. 

Researchers anticipate this will help wheat breeders design wheat varieties that can adapt and thrive in changing environments around the world.


Two Kansas State University Plant Scientists Named 'Top Authors'

ASPB recently recognized Barbara Valent and Ruth Welti on a list of 24 “Top Authors” of science published between 2009 and 2013 in the journals, Plant Physiology and The Plant Cell, which are considered two of the world’s leading academic publications in plant science.


Erick De Wolf selected as Communicator of the year

The Department of Communications and Agricultural education has selected Dr. Erick De Wolf as the 2015 Communicator of the Year.  This award recognizes communication skills that facilitate delivery of K-State Research and Extension programs and the building of successful collaborations within the organization, county, region, state and nation.

Dr. De Wolf is commended for a number of outstanding projects he has initiated, including, "Wheat Disease Identification," which has been ordered by 21 states and one Canadian province.  Your quick response to the appearance of flag smut in Kansas by producing a new publication and being interviewed on Agriculture Today proves again the outstanding job of promoting your expertise with the public.


Reyes-Gaige Wins Award

Andres Reyes Gaige recently presented his research at the annual meeting of the American Seed Trade Association in Washington D.C. He was awarded the Roger Krueger Memorial Scholarship "in recognition of his outstanding research, integrity and professionalism".

Rupp receives 2nd Place at NCAPS meeting
Jessica Rupp received a 2nd place finish in the student oral competition at the 2015 the NCAPS meeting in East Lansing, MI