Botany & Plant Pathology

Plant and microbial biology helps address challenges facing us in the 21st century and beyond…

Our research on plants and microbes helps: protect the environment, apply genetic knowledge to improve plants, manage natural resources, control weeds and diagnose plant diseases.

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Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Lilly Hall of Life Sciences, Room 1-446
915 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 494-4614


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Postdoctoral researcher Carlos Gongora and lab technician Andrés Cruz prepare equipment before deploying a weather station and UAV for data collection at Pinney Purdue Agricultural Center.
Stopping a Cereal Killer - Envision Magazine

Tar spot, caused by the fungus Phyllachora maydis, was first documented in Mexico in 1904, and was reported in countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean soon after. Scientists regard the fungus as the most important foliar disease...

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D. Woods Thomas Memorial Scholarship funds graduate student to travel to Honduras to research biodiversity of fungi

“It was great to travel for the first time to Honduras, where I plan to return in...

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Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative contributing research team, led by Ferry Slik (far right), collects field data on local species richness in Brunei.
Analysis of global tree population explains baffling trends in species richness

Local species richness, the number of species that coexist in a local community, is a key measure...

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Baylee Riester works in the greenhouse
Plant science major finds fertile environment to put down roots

Baylee Riester, a sophomore plant science major from Mishawaka, Indiana, has been fascinated with...

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Maddy Schaider in the greenhouse
Green thumb points the way to true calling

Maddy Schaider, a senior plant science major from Lindenhurst, Illinois, enjoys watching her hard...

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man touching a leaf on a tree
Plant physiology student wins Fulbright to study triggers of leaf senescence at his advisor’s alma mater

Cade Kane, a PhD candidate in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, will use a Fulbright...

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mint plant
Indiana’s in mint condition

The United States produces 70% of the world’s peppermint and spearmint supply, but you may...

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