Craig Rothrock
Head of the Department
217 Plant Sciences Building

Plant pathology is the study of interrelationships of plants with the abiotic and biotic agents that affect plant health and productivity. The goal of the discipline is to minimize the impact of plant diseases on agricultural production and human health. Scientific training within the department focuses on the nature, cause, and management of plant diseases.

Plant pathology is a graduate degree program. Undergraduate students interested in plant pathology should pursue a minor in pest management or plant pathology. See Pest Management for degree requirements.

Minor in Plant Pathology (PLPA-M)

A student planning to minor in plant pathology should notify the Department of Plant Pathology and consult an adviser. A minor in Plant Pathology consists of 19 hours to include the following:

PLPA 3004Principles of Plant Pathology (Fa)4
PLPA 400VResearch (Sp, Su, Fa)3
Select one of the following:3
Plant Disease Control (Fa)
Applied Plant Disease Management (Irregular)
Select three of the following:9
Genomics and Bioinformatics (Sp)
Plant Physiology (Fa)
Ecological Genetics/Genomics (Odd years, Fa)
Mycology (Irregular)
General Virology (Sp)
Biotechnology in Agriculture (Fa)
Total Hours19


PLPA 3004. Principles of Plant Pathology (Fa). 4 Hours.

Examination of the causes and symptoms of plant disease and the genetics of plant disease. Physiology, and ecology of host-pathogen interactions. Spread of disease and principles of disease control. Corequisite: Lab component.

This course is cross-listed with BIOL 3004.

PLPA 400V. Research (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Original investigations of assigned problems in plant pathology. Prerequisite: PLPA 3004.

PLPA 4223. Plant Disease Control (Fa). 3 Hours.

Principles, methods and mechanics of plant disease control. Emphasis is given to the integration of control measures and epidemiology of plant diseases. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: PLPA 3004.

This course is cross-listed with BIOL 4133.

PLPA 4304. Applied Plant Disease Management (Irregular). 4 Hours.

A plant pathology course emphasizing practical understanding of the concepts and principles of agronomic and horticultural crop disease management, including disease diagnosis, monitoring, and using models to forecast disease events. Prerequisite: PLPA 3004 or instructor consent.

PLPA 4333. Biotechnology in Agriculture (Fa). 3 Hours.

Discussion of the techniques, applications, and issues of biotechnology as it is being used in modern agriculture. Coverage includes the basics of molecular biology, production of transgenic plants and animals, and new applications in the agricultural, food, and medical marketplace. Lecture and discussion, 3 hours per week.

This course is cross-listed with BIOL 4333.

PLPA 462V. Internship (Irregular). 1-6 Hour.

Supervised practical work experience in pest management to develop and demonstrate professional competence. A maximum of 6 hours credit per semester or summer session is permitted. Faculty approval of projects proposal prior to enrollment, and written or oral reports are required. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

Burt H. Bluhm, Associate Professor
Richard D. Cartwright, Extension Professor
Jim Correll, Professor
Martin J. Egan, Assistant Professor
Travis Faske, Associate Professor
Ken L. Korth, Professor
Robert Thomas Robbins, University Professor
Clemencia Rojas, Assistant Professor
Craig S. Rothrock, Professor
John C. Rupe, Professor
J. Ples Spradley, Extension Associate Professor
Terry Spurlock, Extension Assistant Professor
Ioannis E. Tzanetakis, Associate Professor
Yeshi Andenow Wamishe, Assistant Professor