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Department of Plant Pathology

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Welcome to K-State Plant Pathology

We have established an internationally recognized excellence in an array of programs which focus on crops and microbes important to the Kansas economy and global food security plus key model systems. Our award winning faculty and students come together with a variety of interests and expertise, but a common goal to understand and improve plant health.


Elina Adhikari receives Women in Triticum Award

Elina Adhikari

Elina Adhikari was chosen to receive the 2021 Women in Triticum Early Career Award. Dr. Adhikari received her Ph.D. from K-State in the Fall of 2020 while working under Eduard Akhunov.

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Joel Steyer selected to receive a Graduate Cancer Research Award

Joel SteyerJoel Steyer, a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Richard Todd, was chosen to receive a Cancer Research Award.

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Eduard Akhunov named University Distinguished Professor

Eduard AkhunovEduard Akhunov specializes in bread wheat genetics and developing new resources and tools for improving this vital crop. In his research, he uses next-generation sequencing technologies, bioinformatics, high-throughput phenotyping, molecular genetics and genome editing to develop germplasm with improved disease resistance, grain quality and yield potential.

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Barbara Valent awarded 2021 Iman Outstanding Faculty Award

Barbara ValentBarbara Valent was chosen to receive the Iman Award for her contributions to the educational experience and research while at K-State. Dr. Valent is a University Distinguished Professor at K-State, and is a fellow of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS). Dr. Valent has studied the rice blast fungus (Magnaporthe  oryzae) for more than 40 years, and is currently focusing on a pathotype of this fungus that infects wheat.

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Two doctoral students among 6 recognized for research presentations.

Upasana Dhakal and Nar Ranabhat, both doctoral students, were selected to win for their presentations and posters at the 2021 K-GRAD forum.

Read about the 2021 K-GRAD Forum results