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
botany@purdue.edu



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The Big Idea: Fighting a Plant Pandemic

Plant disease requires three things to establish in a crop: a host susceptible to a pathogen, the presence of a harmful pathogen and the environmental conditions favorable for infection. Plant disease epidemiology is the study of how these three...

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2022 Botany and Plant Pathology Research Showcase

Held on November 8, the 2022 Research Showcase highlights finding that fuel the Department of...

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Botany and Plant Pathology student discusses summer experience in the Philippines

Casey McGill heard about the Plant Science for Global Food Security (PSGFS) program from...

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Purdue Agriculture dean announces new entomology, botany and plant pathology department heads

Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, has appointed Catherine Hill head of the...

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These two plots of Spooner cereal rye are under cultivation as part of a three-university study on organic farming being funded by a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
USDA grant to support intensive research on ecological processes affecting organic farming

Purdue University has received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of...

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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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