Graduate Field of Plant Pathology & Plant Microbe Biology
Advancing understanding of pathogens and their control
The Field of Plant Pathology focuses on all aspects of plant diseases and the biology of plant-microbe interactions at the molecular to ecosystem levels of organization. This Field is also the home for studying the biology, genetics and evolution of fungi and oomycetes.
The Field of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology (PPPMB) focuses on all aspects of plant diseases and the biology of plant-microbe interactions at the molecular to ecosystem levels of organization. This Field is also the home for studying the biology, genetics, and evolution of fungi and oomycetes. Most of the faculty advisors in the Field of PPPMB are affiliated with the Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology in the School of Integrative Plant Science.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section seeks highly motivated applicants with excellent academic credentials and a well-founded sense of purpose. Previous research experience is not essential but is often beneficial.
An M.S. degree is not required to enter the Ph.D. degree program. A student in the Ph.D. program may petition to change to the M.S. program at any time. Likewise an M.S. candidate may petition to change to the Ph.D. program.
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