Plant Pathology
Welcome to the Department of Plant Pathology

We are a department of plant and microbial scientists, teaching and experimenting alongside our students, the next generation of scientists and leaders.

Our internationally recognized programs and faculty, culturally diverse students, state-of-the-art facilities and friendly atmosphere provide an ideal environment for learning. While browsing our pages, please consider whether joining a community like ours might be the right training experience for you to launch or advance your science career.


Two Kansas State University Plant Scientists Named
ASPB recently recognized Barbara Valent and Ruth Welti on a list of 24 “Top Authors” of science published between 2009 and 2013 in the journals, Plant Physiology and The Plant Cell, which are considered two of the world’s leading academic publications in plant science.
Research Experience for Undergrad poster session
Nearly 35 students presented their research and participated in the Summer Academy in Sustainable BioEnergy Research Experience for Undergraduates; the Earth, Wind, and Fire: Sustainable Energy for the 21st Century Research Experience for Undergraduates; the Interactions of Matter, Light and Learning, the Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates program; and the Undergraduate Research & Mentoring in Ecological Genomic in the Division of Biology; and the Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, or SUROP.
Our very own Matthew Ramos, undergraduate researcher in Anna Whitfields lab was part of this event.  He won 4th place with his poster presentation.
Erick De Wolf selected as Communicator of the year
The Department of Communications and Agricultural education has selected Dr. Erick De Wolf as the 2015 Communicator of the Year.  This award recognizes communication skills that facilitate delivery of K-State Research and Extension programs and the building of successful collaborations within the organization, county, region, state and nation.
Dr. De Wolf is commended for a number of outstanding projects he has initiated, including, "Wheat Disease Identification," which has been ordered by 21 states and one Canadian province.  Your quick response to the appearance of flag smut in Kansas by producing a new publication and being interviewed on Agriculture Today proves again the outstanding job of promoting your expertise with the public.

KSU's leadership in wheat research recognized with $1.6M grant
Jesse Poland, assistant professor of plant pathology and adjunct assistant professor of agronomy, is the principal investigator of the project "GPF-PG: Genome Structure and Diversity of Wheat and Its Wild Relatives." The project will focus on ways to improve the current wheat genome assembly by using genetic information. Currently, the use of molecular markers in wheat breeding is limited because of their size, which is five times larger than the human genome.
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June 21-26, 2015

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