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Plant Pathology

Department of Plant Pathology


Mission and History


We are dedicated to enhancing food security, global sustainability, and human welfare through environmentally and economically sound strategies for plant health management. To this end:

  • we conduct fundamental and mission-oriented research on pathogenic and beneficial microbes, and their interactions with plants and the environment, to broaden our understanding of plant disease, at biological scales ranging from the molecular to the epidemiological, and
  • we educate students, professionals and the general public about the science of plant pathology and innovations in plant health management.


Our vision is to lead globally in research, education, and the delivery of unbiased science-based information on plant diseases, host-microbe interactions and plant health management.

(approved Oct. 2014)