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Today’s faculty in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology is extremely diverse, a unique strength of the department. Disciplines range from plant pathology to weed science, to plant molecular biology, plant physiology and plant genetics. The type of research conducted ranges from application field and laboratory studies to basic cellular and molecular biology studies of various plant growth and development systems and host-parasite interactions. In addition, we have a strong Extension mission in our plant pathology and weed science disciplines.
Tomorrow's discoveries will be made by today's students. Thus, we provide our students with the highest quality education and training possible. The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology has a strong emphasis in both the science of plant growth and development, and the application of plant growth and development. At the undergraduate level we offer a stringent curriculum in plant biology, ideally suited for students interested in graduate school opportunities; an application-based curriculum in crop protection that prepares the student in multiple aspects of field-level crop protection in plant pathology, weed science, and entomology; and a new curriculum in environmental plant studies. This option is particularly well suited for those students interested in combining a basic plant science background with environmental, ecological, and legal issues. At the graduate level, we emphasize contemporary research at all levels of plant biology and genetics, host-pathogen interactions, and disease and weed management.
I invite you to browse our website and learn more about our department. Get to know who we are and what we do and, more importantly, how we can help you achieve your educational and professional goals. Please contact any of us in the department for more information about our programs, scholarship and assistantship opportunities, application information, or any of the many other aspects of our department. We invite you to join the ranks of the "black and gold" and become a Purdue Boilermaker!

-- Peter B. Goldsbrough, Department Head