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Department of Plant Pathology

Dr. William Bockus

Dr. Bill Bockus

Emeritus Professor


Kansas State University
4733 Throckmorton PSC
1712 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: +1-785-532-1378
Fx: +1-785-532-5692


  • Ph.D. Plant Pathology, University California, Davis, 1978
  • M.S. Biology, California State University, Long Beach, 1974
  • B.S. Biology, University of California, Irvine, 1972


Research emphasis is with soil-borne and foliar fungal diseases of wheat. Participates in the development of wheat germplasm resistant to fungal pathogens in Kansas. Studies the effects of various cultural practices (tillage, fertilizers, crop rotations, etc.) on diseases caused by these pathogens. Determines the efficacy of disease-control chemicals on wheat diseases. Studies the biology of wheat pathogens (life cycles, interactions with other microorganisms, effect of environment) in the laboratory, greenhouse and field


Fungal diseases of wheat. Applied research aimed at disease management. Development of wheat germplasm tolerant to pathogens in Kansas.

Staff & Students

  • Christian Cruz - Research Associate
  • Mark Davis - Associate Scientist
  • Katherine Gambone - Graduate Research Assistant
  • Joseph Hahn - Graduate Research Assistant


Teaching responsibilities include the undergraduate course Microbes, Plants and the Human Perspective taught every Spring Semester and the graduate course Plant Pathogenic Fungi taught Fall Semester in even-numbered years. Chairs important departmental committees related to teaching including Graduate Student Recruitment and Selection Committee and Graduate Student Club.