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 Grads
Dan Tekiela, Ph.D.
Upcoming Defenses and Final Exams
David McCall - Ph.D., 4/25/2016, 1:00 pm, 420 Price Hall Topic: Expanding the application of spectral reflectance measurement in turfgrass systems. (Advisor: A. Baudoin)
YaYa Diallo - M.S., 4/28/2016, 10:00 am, 420 Price Hall
Taylor Jones - Ph.D., 5/3/2016, 1:00 pm, 420 Price Hall Topic: Grapevine viruses and associated vectors in Virginia: survey, vector management, and development of efficient grapevine virus testing methods. (Advisor: M. Nita)
Morgan Franke - M.S., 9:00 am, 5/4/2016, Fralin Biotechnology Center Topic: Understanding invasive species impact on reclaimed surface-mined lands. (Advisor: J. Barney)
Noah Adamo - M.S. 1:00 pm, 5/4/2016, 420 Price Hall Topic: Fungicide resistance of Botrytis cinerea from Virginia winegrapes, strawberries, and ornamentals. (Advisor: A. Baudoin)
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