The Department of Plant Pathology offers a wide range of research opportunities in both basic and applied topics. Our graduate programs are designed around your own research, extension, and career goals. Opportunities for research at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels include:
- molecular plant pathology
- fungal molecular genetics
- disease resistance
- plant diseases
Opportunities also exist for inter-disciplinary programs in biotechnology, plant breeding, microclimatology, plant stress, pest management, and international agriculture.
We are a medium-sized department of 18 faculty who have diverse interests. Our graduates are sought for positions in academe, government, and the private sector.
The department has access to state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation to support research interests ranging from the most applied to the most basic. Laboratory based research is conducted in Plant Sciences Hall with ancillary greenhouses, growth chambers and small plots available, as needed. Field research problems may be carried out with faculty in Lincoln or the Research and Extension Centers at North Platte and Scottsbluff.
Our graduate programs in the Department of Plant Pathology are part of the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) and our graduate degrees are granted through this School. We also offer graduate programs in partnership with the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, which is the route that the majority of our graduate students select.