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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Researchers in lab setting
Researchers uncover new understanding of plant response to environmental stress

Researchers at Purdue University have discovered a new mechanism for how plants respond to environmental stresses and leveraged this mechanism to improve tolerance to drought and salinity. The team, led by Gyeong Mee Yoon, associate professor in...

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Purdue Field Day participants listen and learn from Purdue Botany and Plant Pathology experts.
Cutting-edge weed research tour and info sessions offered at Purdue Weed Science Field Day

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture will host its Weed Science Field Day on Tuesday,...

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Janna Beckerman in her office
Visionaries: Liberal arts are what make us human

It’s not enough for a STEM student to be able to solve a mathematical equation, says Janna...

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Janna Beckerman in an apple orchard
Visionaries: A lot of little science done well

Janna Beckerman’s goal is to help specialty crop growers control crop diseases in ways that...

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Janna Beckerman
Visionaries: Effective management keeps farmers in business

Janna Beckerman says that many Indiana specialty crop growers have told her that her advice has...

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Purdue College of Agriculture joins $30.8 million USDA Food for Progress project to address root causes of migration in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

Purdue’s College of Agriculture has been selected to serve as the university partner on a...

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Kean Kane stands in one of Purdue's green houses.
How a botany student is bringing his virtual dreams to life

Having a life-long love for all things video games, Kean Kane hopes to combine that passion with...

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