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.


Alyssa Smith successfully defends M.S.  Topic:  "Adaptation of an invasive grass to agriculture: ecological and genomic evidence"

Jianhui Li sucessfully defends Ph.D. Topic: "Cornichon proteins: unexpected roles in plant pathogen infection, ER morphology maintenance and pollen development”

Nina Wilson sucessfully defends Ph.D. Topic: "Strategies to detoxify the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol and improve food safety in the U.S."

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Upcoming Defenses and Final Examinations

Shelton R. Boyd, Master's Candidate
Monday, June 26 2:00 PM Fralin Auditorium
"Characterization of the amino acid transporter AAP1 in Arabidopsis thaliana – an exploration of AAP1’s role in plant amino acid metabolism"
Advisor: G. Pilot

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