The Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science 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.


Upcoming Defense Seminars

Xuewen Feng - Ph.D.: 12/7/17  |  12:30 PM  | 420 Price Hall  | "Characterization of quinoxyfen resistance of Erysiphe necator, fungicide resistance of Plasmopara viticola, and insight into phylogeny of Plasmopara viticola in North America by whole genome sequencing"  | A. Baudoin, Advisor

Kevin Failor - Ph.D.: 12/8/17  |  1:00 PM  | Fralin Auditorium  | "Identification and characterization of ice nucleation active bacteria isolated from precipitation"  | B. Vinatzer, Advisor

Kara Pittman - M.S..: 12/8/17  |  1:00 PM  | 311 Latham Hall  | "High Residue Cover Crops for Annual Weed Suppression in Corn and Soybean Production and Potential for Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa) to be Weedy"  | M. Flessner, Advisor

Recent Publications

Park, SY. & Grabau, E. Bypassing miRNA-mediated gene regulation under drought stress: alternative splicing affects CSD1 gene expression. Plant Mol Biol (2017) 95: 243.

Flessner, M., McElroy, J., & McCurdy, J. (2017). Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua) Control with Methiozolin and Nutrient Tank-Mixtures. Weed Technology, 1-8. doi:10.1017/wet.2017.40

Coluzza I, Creamean J, Rossi MJ, Wex H, Alpert PA, Bianco V, Boose Y, Dellago C, Felgitsch L, Fröhlich-Nowoisky J, Herrmann H, Jungblut S, Kanji ZA, Menzl G, Moffett B, Moritz C, Mutzel A, Pöschl U, Schauperl M, Scheel J, Stopelli E, Stratmann F, Grothe H, Schmale DG. Perspectives on the Future of Ice Nucleation Research: Research Needs and Unanswered Questions Identified from Two International Workshops. Atmosphere. 2017; 8(8):138.


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