Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology contacts

Chair: Gillian Turgeon
Email: bgt1 [at]
(607) 254-7458

General: plantpathcornell [at]

Ithaca campus
Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
School of Integrative Plant Science
Cornell University
135 Plant Science Building
236 Tower Road
Ithaca, NY 14853-5904]
Tel: 607-255-8659
Fax: 607-255-4471

Geneva campus
Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology Section
School of Integrative Plant Science
NYS Agricultural Experiment Station
Cornell University
A104 Barton Hall
630 W. North Street
Geneva, NY 14456-0462
Tel: 315-787-2331
Fax: 315-787-2389


Director of Graduate Studies
Adam Bogdanove
Email: ajb7 [at]

Graduate Field Assistant
Josh Balles
jeb527 [at]

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Tenured and Tenure-track Faculty, Senior Research Associates, and Senior Extension Associates

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These faculty have primary affiliations with other SIPS sections and Cornell units, USDA-ARS, or Boyce Thompson Institute.

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Faculty emeriti and other retired academics

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Graduate students in the Field of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology working in research programs on the Ithaca campus and at Cornell AgriTech

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Post-doctoral associates, research associates, extension associates, and lecturers

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Staff members support research scientists, maintain greenhouses and research fields, and manage administrative functions including communications, finance and outreach


Recent insights, breakthroughs, news and other stories from Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

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$25M center will use digital tools to ‘communicate’ with plants
A new multi-institution, transdisciplinary center will develop systems for two-way communication with plants, allowing scientists to remotely sense a plant’s biology and its immediate ecosystem, in hopes of one day using the information to improve plant growth.
  • Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture
  • Plant Biology Section
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
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This year the BGRI will host a virtual conference October 6-8 with the theme “Global Resilience: Science, Pandemics, and the Future of Wheat.” The 2021 BGRI Virtual Technical Workshop will explore how nearly two decades of monitoring and responding to wheat rust epidemics can provide lessons for other global disease outbreaks such as COVID-19. Keynote speakers will draw attention to how we can apply the lessons learned from wheat research and epidemic response to other pandemic diseases facing today’s world.
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
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Nothing spells disappointment more during pesto-making season than visiting your basil patch only to find your carefully tended crop ravaged. But that is exactly what happened to Meg McGrath, a plant pathologist based at Cornell’s Long Island...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section