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Plant Pathology and Microbiology

Welcome

Thomas BaumWelcome to the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University – your starting point and your destination for information on anything to do with plant health.  Our department is the professional home to almost 100 faculty, staff, and students.  About twenty faculty members are charged with extension, research, and/or teaching missions and are running their respective programs in this department.  One of our strengths is the great collegial and collaborative spirit that has resulted in numerous joint efforts within the department, with other departments at Iowa State University, and also throughout the country and the world. Read More
                                                                                 
Dr. Thomas Baum
Chair                                                                              


 

Academics - We offer graduate degrees in Plant Pathology and participate in several interdepartmental graduate programs in fields such as Genetics, Microbiology, Sustainable Agriculture, and others.Research - Research areas cover a wide range of topics.  Get an overview on the exciting research done in the Iowa State University Department of Plant Pathology.
 
 
Extension - View our extension programs and information about our highly regarded Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic.Resources - Access resources available from Iowa State University and the Department of Plant Pathology.
 
 
People - Meet the outstanding people who make up our Department.Contact Us - Write or call us for information about the Department.

 

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Department Highlights

Whitham Lab

Plant Viruses Reprogram the Expression of Plant Genes

"The vast majority of plant viruses are very simple entities comprising a nucleic acid genome encoding from 4 to 10 proteins needed for multiplication, systemic spread within the host plant, and transmission to a new plant. Since the late 1800’s viruses have been recognized as significant pathogens on plants, and they lead to numerous diseases that cause significant yield losses in a variety of crops. " Read More