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