The Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science (PPWS) addresses issues in plant productivity, protection, and quality through basic and applied programs in our multiple disciplines. Providing leadership in achieving the university and college goal of preeminence as a land-grant university, we engage in innovative research in plant protection and productivity, provide world-class academic programs and training for students, and engage in research to solve agricultural problems for the benefit of audiences ranging from local to international in scope.


Congratulations recent graduates: Kevin Failor, Ph.D., Xuewen Feng, Ph.D., Hailey Larose, Ph.D. Kara Pittman, M.S., & Camden Shelton, M.S.

2017 edition of the PPWS News annual newsletter is now in print.

Plant Health Sciences minor offered to Virginia Tech undergraduates.

Upcoming Defense Seminars

None Scheduled.

Recent Publications

Dickinson, C.C., A.J. Weisberg, and J.G. Jelesko (2018) Transient Heterologous Gene Expression Methods for Poison Ivy Leaf and Cotyledon Tissues. HortScience52: 242-246.

Jelesko, J. G., Benhase, E. B., and J. N. Barney, 2017, Differential Responses to Light and Nutrient availability by Geographically Isolated Poison Ivy Accessions. Northeastern Naturalist, 24: 191-200.

Powers, C.; Hanlon, R.; Schmale, D.G., III. Tracking of a Fluorescent Dye in a Freshwater Lake with an Unmanned Surface Vehicle and an Unmanned Aircraft System. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 81.
Tekiela, D., & Barney, J. (2017). Not All Roads Lead to Rome: A Meta-analysis of Invasive Plant Impact Methodology. Invasive Plant Science and Management, 10(4), 304-312. doi:10.1017/inp.2017.39

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