M.S. - Plant Pathology; ;, Ph.D. - Plant Pathology
Plant pathology is the study of plant diseases, their cause, effects, and control. The discipline is closely integrated with the other biological sciences, with unique strengths in basic and applied research.
We have personnel working on the major crops in Kansas (wheat, sorghum, alfalfa, corn, soybeans), on horticultural plants, on each of the major pathogen groups (fungi, including beneficial fungi; bacteria; viruses; and nematodes), in specialty areas such as disease physiology, epidemiology, stored grain pathology, disease diagnosis, and genetics of host-parasite interactions, and in the newer areas of biotechnology, including molecular genetics and cell and tissue culture. Molecular genetics is a departmental strength. We also cooperate on interdepartmental research projects; the interdisciplinary Wheat Genetics Resource Center is situated in Plant Pathology.