The Department of Plant Pathology performs an essential role in improving and monitoring the health of plants grown for economic, environmental, and amenity purposes. It does so by innovative leadership in outreach education, research, and fostering economic development and market competitiveness.
Partnerships with educational, state, federal, public and private sectors enable plant pathologists to provide dynamic programs that are ecologically sound, economically and environmentally sustainable, socially responsible and scientifically appropriate.
In January 2007, Dr. James R. Steadman became Plant Pathology's Department Head. For more information about Dr. Steadman's research interests and background, see his Faculty Information page.