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Department of Plant Pathology

Welcome to the Department

Welcome to the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University! Our department is composed of a family of faculty, staff, and students with diverse interests and expertise but a common goal to understand and improve plant health.

We have established an internationally recognized excellence in an array of programs including:

  • Disease ecology, epidemiology, diagnostics, and management
  • Disease resistance, plant genetics & genomics, biotechnology
  • Pathogen and microbe biology & genetics
  • Plant-microbe interactions and plant-vector-microbe interactions

We focus on crops and microbes important to the Kansas economy and global food security plus key model systems.

We are home to:

  • Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic - our extension team provides diagnostic support and management recommendations to growers across Kansas.
  • Great Plains Diagnostic Network - one of five national centers for detection and rapid response to introductions of potentially destructive pathogens.
  • Wheat Genetic and Genomic Resources Center - a premier and internationally recognized center of excellence for basic and applied research on this essential crop.
  • Fungal Genetics Stock Center  - provides strains and other material and is leading the transition into the genome-enabled microbiology era with new approaches to material and information resource integration and management.
  • International Fusarium Workshop - an annual event, held alternately in Manhattan and an overseas location. It is a workshop in which Fusarium researchers from around the world can come for a week of intensive hands-on training.

Are you interested in pursuing graduate education at K-State?

You can explore the Plant Pathology Graduate Program. In addition, many of our faculty mentor graduate students through the Interdepartmental Genetics Program.

Contact Us

 

Megan Kennelly

Dr. Megan Kennelly


Department Head
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