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Department of Plant Pathology

Graduate Program

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

K-State Plant Pathology faculty and students study crops and diseases that are critical in Kansas and worldwide along with important model systems. We learn how plants and microbes function, how they interact, and how the environment affects that interaction. We modify plants to fight diseases and improve yield. We transfer genes from wild plants to crop plants to increase genetic diversity and stress tolerance.

To do this, we study:

  • Disease ecology, epidemiology, and management
  • Disease detection and diagnostics
  • Disease resistance
  • Plant genetics
  • Pathogen and microbe biology and genetics
  • Plant/microbe interactions and plant/microbe/vector interactions

You can read more about our research by browsing our faculty profile pages.

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.

We are committed to excellence in research, extension, and teaching. Our department has been highly ranked, and our faculty have received top honors from K-State and academic professional societies, as shown on our list of faculty awards. We recruit excellent graduate students and mentor them to success, as highlighted on our list of student awards. Our graduates are successful in finding positions in academia, industry, and/or government service.

Applications, Entry Requirements, & Funding

Details on admission requirements, due dates, graduate stipends (graduate research assistantships), and more can be found in our application information.

Office of Institutional Equity

Kansas State University is committed to fostering a diverse student, faculty, and staff environment that is rooted in respect and fair practices. Learn more about the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX.

Got questions?

The current Graduate Program Director is Dr. David Cook.

How to Apply

Our graduate program application page describes entry requirements and other application procedures.

Got questions? You can contact our Graduate Program Director, Dr. David Cook.