Ph.D. in Plant Sciences

Plant Pathology Option

Many research projects are problem oriented and pertain to major plant pathological problems in the state. Currently active research projects involve soil-borne diseases of cereals, genetic basis for disease resistance in field crops, cereal leaf spots, virus diseases of cereals and potatoes, bacterial diseases and the biochemistry and molecular genetics of plant disease. Additional current research projects pertain to the biocontrol of plant diseases and the biocontrol of weeds using plant pathogens and/or their toxins.

Department research projects employ modern molecular biological and biotechnological techniques as well as traditional plant pathological techniques.

Plant Genetics Option

The Department offers advanced study leading to a Ph.D. degree in Plant Genetics with supporting minors. Thesis research problems are related to the diverse research projects of the faculty.

The Department conducts research programs in: cereal quality; cropping systems/specialty crops; molecular and conventional approaches to plant improvement. Faculty have expertise in molecular genetics, plant breeding and genetics, cereal quality, cytogenetics, biochemistry, plant physiology and agronomy.


Financial Assistance

Graduate research assistantships are available from several sources including state, farm commodity groups and federal grants. For information, contact the department.