About the Department of Plant Pathology

Since its establishment in 1963, our department has gained recognition as one of the leading departments of plant pathology in the country and around the world. A defining characteristic is our intense focus on fundamental research, while still keeping “one foot in the furrow” by helping Kentucky’s agricultural community combat plant diseases.

Plant Pathology at the University of Kentucky is a vibrant research community. Our faculty are leaders in the field. Our exceptional laboratories and equipment conduct cutting-edge research. Our graduate program fosters excellence, with its up-to-the-minute instruction, comprehensive laboratory training, collegiality, and engaged mentoring. In addition, the department attracts many postdoctoral scholars and renowned visiting scientists.

A vital part of the department’s mission is serving the practical needs of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Through our Extension service we maintain our commitment to Kentucky’s growers by investigating both traditional and modern approaches to disease control, including pioneering the use of biotechnology to diagnose and treat diseases more effectively.

The University of Kentucky Department of Plant Pathology has built a dynamic research environment. We encourage you to explore it further.


Plant Pathology research and Extension faculty teach and team-teach a number of graduate level courses in Plant Pathology and related disciplines. The Department offers an M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology.

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Our dedicated group of Extension plant pathologists conducts applied research and works closely with our basic researchers to address diseases that concern local agricultural producers and homeowners.

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Plant-microbe interactions and related disciplines may include biochemistry, ecology, evolution, genetics, molecular biology, physiology, and symbiology of plants, microorganisms, and viruses.

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Graduate Studies

The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Kentucky offers graduate study toward the Master of Science or the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Both of our degree programs are research-oriented.

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Contact Information

201F Plant Science Building 1405 Veterans Drive Lexington, KY 40546-0312

(859) 257-7445