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 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 494-4615

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Oakley (right) talks his lab technician Mac Johnson through how to use a shaved-ice machine to quickly and evenly coat a flat of young Arabidopsis plants with a layer of snow.
The perks and pitfalls of ‘plastic’ plants

Imagine broccoli’s short, sparse and ugly cousin, and you have Arabidopsis thaliana. It is native to Eurasia and some parts of Africa, but most consider it a weed. Fast-growing, quick flowering and able to thrive in small spaces—those...

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Purdue Agriculture’s Sloan Scholars

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Purdue College of Agriculture professors Songlin Fei and Tesfaye Mengiste have been named fellows...

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A shaved ice machine sprinkles snow over young arabidopsis plants to freeze the whole plant at once.
The perks and pitfalls of ‘plastic’ plants

Imagine broccoli’s short, sparse and ugly cousin, and you have Arabidopsis thaliana. It is...

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If you took a biology class in high school, you probably learned that flowering plants reproduce...

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Awardees of the TEAMS Award Pictured in Pfendler
The Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, a 100-year study, receives the Purdue Agriculture 2023 TEAM Award

The Purdue Agriculture TEAM Award has honored an interdisciplinary team annually since 1995,...

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