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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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Nearly $1 million grant to help university researchers develop prediction models for determining best new winter wheat varieties



Stack Honored by North Central Colleagues

Jim Stack of the plant pathology department was recognized by the North Central Division of the American Phytopathological Society in a team award for the Distinguished Service Award. Recognized along with Stack, was his colleague Ray Hammerschmidt of Michigan State University. Together, Stack and Hammerschmidt have led the National Plant Diagnostic Network since its inception, soon after the tragedies of 9/11.

The nomination noted, Stack and Hammerschmidt, "have provided the yarn that has knitted the network together through periods of expanding and retracting resources. They have been influential nationally, but especially in the APS-NCD. It is telling to me that Drs. Stack and Hammerschmidt are looked to by the other Regional Directors for guidance and leadership. Decisions are often deferred until all are sure that their opinions have been considered … Things simply do not happen unless Drs. Hammerschmidt and Stack were behind the scenes, making them happen. When additional subawards are needed, Dr. Hammerschmidt was the best way to get it done. When an interface was needed with APHIS administrators, Dr. Stack was adept at working through his contacts at PPQ-CPHST. These two colleagues are the best reason that NPDN is successful today!"

Members of the department are honored to have a colleague on campus with such dedication to biosecurity and are pleased to see his leadership recognized by others across the region. Though Stack was unable to attend the award presentation due to a previous commitment, his friends from K-State made sure his presence was known.

Kansas State University researchers find new pathogens in soybean seeds

A single seed seems so simple. Put it in the ground, give it some care, and you’ve soon grown food.   

But Chris Little knows better. It’s why he’s spent the better part of the last six years learning more about the not-so-modest beginnings of soybean seeds in Kansas.


Kevin McCluskey named to National Genetic Resources Advisory Council



Jordan Brungardt is the recipient of the 2016-2017 College of Agriculture Richard Elmore Brown Graduate Teaching Award

Graduate Student Council recognizes graduate student awards and accomplishments

The Graduate Student Council recognized 150 graduate students for their many scholarly accomplishments and awards from the 2016-2017 academic year at the 2017 K-State Graduate Student Awards and Recognition Reception on April 24. 

President Richard Myers brought warm greetings and made opening remarks addressing the importance of graduate education at Kansas State University, and the significant roles graduate students and graduate faculty play for the university.

The program consisted of recognizing 2016-2017 universitywide graduate student awards, college awards for graduate students and faculty, and Graduate Student Council awards. 

The 2017 K-State Graduate Student Awards and Recognition Reception is sponsored by the Office of the President, Graduate Student Council, Graduate School, K-State Alumni Association and Golden Key. 

View the 2017 program and the list of awardees


Three K-State graduate students to attend U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security

Three K-State doctoral students – Narinder Singh, plant pathology and interdepartmental genetics; Joseph Weeks, soil and environmental chemistry; and Tesfaye Tadesse, grain science and industry — are among the 40 students who have been selected nationally to participate in the U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security.

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Sarachek Travel Award given to Ananda Bandara

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