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Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science

    Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science
    Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science

Welcome to the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science website. Our department addresses issues in plant productivity, protection and quality through basic and applied programs in our multiple disciplines. We are engaged in research to solve agricultural problems for the benefit of audiences ranging from local to international in scope.

Our academic programs emphasize translational plant and microbial sciences -- putting the basic research knowledge to work to solve hands-on, real-world problems. We offer both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees where students can participate in collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects with world-class faculty members in preparation for careers in industry, government and academia.

Through our applied research programs and Extension activities, we generate and disseminate relevant and timely information to support producers and other stakeholders in the Commonwealth. Our plant disease and weed clinics provide identification and control recommendations for agents in VCE.

Prospective students, we encourage you to explore our website and consider the department as your education destination. If you have any questions or comments, we invite you to contact us to learn more about programs and opportunities in the department.

The navigation links at the left will provide a gateway to our program areas.


Congratulations Recent Graduates

Shi Yu, Ph.D. (Advisor: Pilot)

Ben Adducci, M.S. (Advisor: Schmale)

Elise Benhase, M.S. (Advisors: Barney, Jelesko)

Charlotte Oliver, M.S. (Advisor: Nita)


Upcoming Defenses and Final Exams

Aman Rana (Ph.D., Advisor: Derr)

Friday, July 10, 2015, 8:00 AM, Price Hall 420

"Optimizing the Use of Microwave Radiations for Weed Management"


Jill Pollok (M.S., Advisor: Johnson

Friday, July 17, 2015, 10:00 AM, Price Hall 420

"Reproduction of a root-knot nematode population on flue-cured tobacco homozygous for Rk1 and/or Rk2 resistance genes and the effect of soil temperature on resistance gene efficacy"



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