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Department of Plant Pathology

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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.

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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Sarachek Travel Award given to Ananda Bandara

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2017 Ag Report

2017 AgReport


Kansas State University scientists to help identify genes that control wheat yield

Kansas State University is among 19 groups that have joined forces to identify the genes that affect wheat yield. The genes will be deposited into public databases and used in breeding programs nationwide.

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NIFA grant will boost Kansas State University’s efforts to edit wheat’s genetic code

Kansas State University has received $300,000 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to conduct a gene-editing project on wheat varieties. Researchers can modify parts of the wheat’s genome so it can perform better in farmers’ fields.

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Kansas State University scientists gain upper hand on devastating wheat scab disease

Kansas State University scientists say they have isolated and cloned a gene that provides resistance to Fusarium head blight, or wheat scab, a crippling disease that caused $7.6 billion in losses in U.S. wheat fields between 1993 and 2001.

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Environmentally friendly invention may save soybean industry millions of dollars per year

If parasites want to get to soybeans, they'll have to go through Kansas State University researchers first. 

Harold N. Trick, professor of plant pathology; Timothy C. Todd, instructor of plant pathology; and Jiarui Li, research assistant professor in plant pathology, have designed and patented a soybean variety that protects from nematode parasitic infestation. 

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KSU Plant Pathology Contributes to Regional Tree Disease Book

Department members Judy O'Mara, Megan Kennelly, and Tim Todd along with retired adjunct faculty Jon Appel (Kansas Dept of Agriculture) are all contributors to a newly-released publication, Diseases of Trees in the Great Plains. The book is a product of a large team of plant pathologists from multiple institutions. The printed 241 page version will be out later this fall. The book is now available online as a pdf:

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April 13, 2017 3:45pm 4031 Throckmorton

Ralf Georg Dietzgen

Assoc. Professor, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation. University of Queensland

Ralf Dietzgen

"Molecular analysis of negative-sense RNA plant viruses from 'down under'."


Biosecurity Seminar

April 24, 2017 4:00pm 1018 Throckmorton

Dr. Jerry Jaax
(Former K-State Associate Vice President for Research Compliance)

Jerry Jaax
"Lessons from the Hot Zone: Emerging infectious disease and bioterrorism threat"


The Fusarium Laboratory Workshop will next be held at Kansas State University on June 25-30, 2017.