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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Staiger examining slide on microscope
Multiscale imaging illuminates the big picture of plant protection

After decades in pursuit of plant cellular signaling, a researcher returns to questions raised by his early work — now equipped with advanced technology and the establishment of a $12.5 million institute. “We now have the technology...

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