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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.


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Cover of 2016 Newsletter


News Briefs 

Plant Disease Clinic diagnoses Boxwood Blight in Virginia Landscape - 2016

Professor James Westwood honored with CALS award for excellence in basic research for his research in genomics of parasitic plants

PPWS students Rachel Brooks and Becky Fletcher selected as Interfaces of Global Change Ph.D. fellows

John Jelesko and David Haak tackle the Appalachian Trail to learn more about the growth and expansion of Poison Ivy

David Schmale and Boris Vinatzer promoted to Professor.

Jacob Barney and Guillaume Pilot promoted to Associate Professor.

David Schmale featured in latest issue of Nautilus Magazine.


Congratulations Recent 


Noah Adamo, M.S.
Anna Benton, M.S.
Yaya Diallo, M.S.
Morgan Franke, M.S.
Mike Fedkenheuer, Ph.D.
Kevin Fedkenheuer, Ph.D.
Taylor Jones, Ph.D.
David McCall, Ph.D.
Charlotte Oliver, M.S.
Dan Tekiela, Ph.D.

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