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Plant Pathology is a fascinating science that weaves together applied research with elegant aspects of molecular biology, genetics, genomics, and biotechnology.

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Preparing You for Hands-On Research

Our academic programs are designed to give you high-quality, hands-on experience that prepare you for academics research and industry positions worldwide. You will study crops and diseases that are critical in Kansas and worldwide along with important model systems; learn how plants and microbes function, how they interact, and how the environment affects that interaction; modify plants to fight diseases and improve yield; and transfer genes from wild plants to crop plants to increase genetic diversity and stress tolerance.

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Student Research Opportunities

Academics in our department are supported by high student involvement in research efforts. Learn about your opportunities in our research programs.


First Class Placements

Our faculty, staff, and students publish in top tier journals, and we receive grant funding from diverse sources including USDA, NSF, NIH, USAID, private foundations, and industry. After graduation, our students are successful in finding positions in academia, industry, and/or government service.

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