New Department Name
Effective July 1, the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and the Department of Plant Pathology merged into the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences. A revised website is in the works and will be available in the coming weeks.
Plant pathology is the study of plant disease and the pathogens that cause disease. By its nature, plant pathology is a multidisciplinary field that integrates microbiology, plant science, environmental science and other disciplines. New knowledge generated by research is used to further the discipline of plant pathology and to develop new and effective means of disease management for our stakeholders.
We carry out both basic and applied research on all major pathogen groups, and much of this research is tied to one or more of the many commodities in Michigan. Examples of research areas include fundamental biology of plant pathogens, genetics and molecular biology of disease resistance, plant disease management, epidemiology, plant pathogen ecology, and biological control. Through our research, extension and education programs, we are also working to develop cost effective and sustainable disease control measures that are needed by Michigan plant agriculture and natural resource industries.