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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.


K-State Research and Extension faculty honored at national conference

K-State's Alpha Rho chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi was represented by 18 K-State Research and Extension faculty at the recent national conference held in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Epsilon Sigma Phi is a professional organization dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the Extension System and developing the Extension profession and professional.

Two individuals were honored at the recognition event. Doug Jardine, professor and extension specialist in the Plant Pathology department, was honored as the North Central Region recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Debra Bolton, Southwest Area family and consumer sciences specialist, was recognized as the recipient of the North Central Region Diversity/Multicultural Individual Award.



Researchers uncover new genetic markers for wheat improvement


Plant pathology faculty earns Paula Ford Professional Development Program Proposal of the Year award from NCR SARE

Megan Kennelly with Kansas State University in KS was awarded $64,307 for the project, “Soil Health Bootcamp and Applications to Sustainable Vegetable Cropping: Professional Development for Local Agriculture Educators.” Kennelly’s project has been named as the 2015 Paula Ford Professional Development Program Proposal of the Year. Read more...

Plant pathology graduate student Emily Delorean is the fifth K-State student to receive Monsanto's prestigious Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program fellowship.

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Plant pathology researcher leads discussion at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Microbiome Innovation Forum

Plant pathology research professor Kevin McCluskey will lead the discussion on the role culture collections play as we exploit knowledge of human, animal and plant microbiomes at the 2015 White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Microbiome Innovation Forum, Sept. 25, at the Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Building on successes with the U.S. Culture Collection Network — a National Science Foundation Research Coordination Grant activity-NSF DBI 1203113 — and the American Phytopathological Society Public Policy Board Phytobiome Initiative, the inclusion of foundational infrastructure elements in the discussion of microbiomes represents a recognition of the essential value of open access to validated microbial strains. As we transition into the post-genomics era, culture collections are like the Carnegie libraries of the early 20th century and will allow rapid advancement in translating knowledge about microbiomes into applications for human, animal and plant health.


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.