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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.

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Bliss Betzen attends Alliance for Science Speaking Science workshop

 Bliss BetzenBliss Betzen MS GRA, finished the first year of her master's degree in May. She advanced her knowledge of plant genetics, but she didn't have much experience talking to people about her research.



Bikram Gill is recognized for 39 years of service to KSU and the College of Agriculture.

Gill Retirement

 Bikram established the Wheat Genetics Resource Center (WGRC) at Kansas State University in 1984. The WGRC brought together plant pathologists, entomologists, breeders, and USDA personnel with a vision of germplasm conservation and utilization for crop improvement for sustainable production by broadening the crop genetic base; creating and promoting the free exchange of materials, technology, and new knowledge in genetics and biotechnology among the world’s public and private organizations. State-of-the-art laboratories, greenhouses, and field plot facilities helped establish the WGRC.


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Soybean farmers can limit losses with careful management

Charcoal Rot The Number 1 yield reducing disease in Kansas



Barbara Valent to receive Noel T. Keen Award

Barbara Valent

Barbara Valent, university distinguished professor of plant pathology, was recently named the 2018 recipient of the Noel T. Keen Award for Research Excellence in Molecular Plant Pathology by the American Phytopathological Society.

The award recognizes Valent's work on the blast diseases of rice and wheat. Rice blast is the most important disease concerning the rice crop in the world. Wheat blast has caused significant crop damage in South America and Bangladesh. Her work has been focused on improving blast control in the U.S. wheat crop in anticipation of its introduction into this country.

The award will be presented later this summer at the International Congress of Plant Pathology meeting in Boston.



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