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 Spring Graduates
Shi Yu, Ph.D. (Advisor: Pilot)
Ben Adducci, M.S. (Advisor: Schmale)
Elise Benhase, M.S. (Advisors: Barney, Jelesko)
Upcoming Defenses and Final Exams
Charlotte Oliver (M.S., Advisor: Nita)
Friday, June 12, 2015, 1:30 PM, Price Hall 420
"Investigation of wine grape cultivar and cluster developmental stage susceptibility to grape ripe rot caused by two fungal complexes, Colletotrichum acutatum, and C. gloeosporioides, and evaluation of potential controls"
Aman Rana (Ph.D., Advisor: Derr)
Friday, July 10, 2015, 8:00 AM, Price Hall 420
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