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Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

Field Description

For a more complete description of the Field of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, please go to gradfield.plantpath.cornell.edu/default.html

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology are the study of plant diseases and the biology of plant-microbe interactions at the molecular to ecosystem levels of organization. The Field of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell offers graduate degree programs in plant pathology and the biology, genetics and evolution of fungi and oomycetes. To reflect the diversity of academic interests and activities, the Field is organized into three program areas:

 

  • Plant Pathology (including the concentrations Ecological and Environmental Plant Pathology and Plant Disease Epidemiology)
  • Plant-Microbe Biology
  • Fungal and Oomycete Biology

Faculty and graduate students in plant pathology are located in two locations in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: the main campus in Ithaca, NY, and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, approximately 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Ithaca.

 

The M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences) program has a Peace Corps option in which the student undertakes two semesters of academic work at Cornell and a Peace Corp assignment. For information and instructions on how to apply, visit the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences)/Peace Corps Web site, or contact International Programs, 33 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; phone 607-255-3037; e-mail mpsag_peacecorps@cornell.edu.

 

In addition to Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University offers graduate programs that cover the full spectrum of plant sciences. For more information on graduate studies in related fields of plant sciences, use this link.

Contact Information

Website: http://gradfield.plantpath.cornell.edu/default.html
Email: plpathology@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-3245

334 Plant Science Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • fungal and oomycete biology
  • plant pathology
  • plant-microbe biology

Plant Pathology

  • fungal and oomycete biology
  • plant pathology
  • plant-microbe biology

Faculty

Concentrations: Plant Pathology: plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: ecology and biology of fungal and nematodal soilborne pathogens and the integrated management of their resultant root diseases; special interests in diseases of vegetable and food legume crops; microbial interactions; biological control; cultural practices for disease management; and soil-IPM/soil health issues
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology Research Interests: molecular genetics and mechanisms of pathogenicity of Erwinia amylovora; biological control of fire blight and other diseases by bacteria
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: biology, epidemiology, and integrated management of diseases of wheat, corn, soybean, forage legumes; and biofuel feedstock crops
Adam Bogdanove - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: bacterial pathogens of plants; especially molecular interactions of Xanthomnas oryzae with rice; TAL effector biology and application; genome editing for disease resistance; fungal effector biology
Thomas J Burr - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology Research Interests: biology of bacterial diseases of fruits and vegetables
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: genetics and genomics of disease resistance; fungal and oomycete pathogens of grapevine
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology Research Interests: analysis of regulatory mechanisms and gene expression networks in Pseudomonas syringae
Michelle L Cilia - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: plant pathology; plant-microbe biology
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: molecular phytobacteriology and microbial genomics
Kerik D. Cox - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology Research Interests: orchard fungal ecology; extension pathology; pesticide management; fruit pathology
Helene R Dillard - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: biology, epidemiology and management of fungal diseases of vegetable crops; special interest in organic systems and medicinal herbs
Zhangjun Fei - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: plant-microbe biology
Melanie Filiatrault - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: plant-microbe biology Research Interests: Role of small non-coding RNAs and RNA binding proteins in the biology of bacterial plant pathogens; the development of new approaches to perform global transcriptome profiling
William Earl Fry - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology Research Interests: biology of oomycetes and management of disease they cause (with emphasis on Phytophthora infestans)
Marc Fuchs - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: virus diseases of fruit and vegetable crops; biology, epidemiology and management; development of virus-resistant fruit crops by genetic engineering
David M Gadoury - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology Research Interests: epidemiology; ecology; pathogen biology; disease of grapevine and apples; powdery and downy mildews
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: identification and characterization of secondary metabolites of plants and fungi; production/use strategies for secondary metabolites in agricultural systems
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: biology of plant virus/insect vector interactions; virus diseases of potato and grain crops; virus disease management and epidemiology
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: basic and applied research towards biocontrol systems for use in commercial agriculture, with focus on fungi in the genus Trichoderma; use of agricultural waste products for remediation of pollution and for bioenergy production
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: elucidation of the molecular basis of the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis and phosphate transport in plants
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: pesticide uptake through the plant cuticle; biological control of plant diseases incited by fungi; the ecology of soilborne fungi; mycoparasitic (fungi attacking other fungi) relationships, and fungal cell biology; investigations centered around understanding how physical signals from the substratum facilitate disease development
Kathie Hodge - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: systematics and ecology of pathogenic and symbiotic fungi, especially those that are pathogens of insects; director of the Cornell Plant Pathology Herbarium
Jian Hua - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: plant-microbe biology Research Interests: genetics of temperature responses in plants; regualtion of plant defense responses
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology Research Interests: epidemiology and management of diseases of woody ornamentals and Christmas trees
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: plant-microbe biology Research Interests: mycology; taxonomy and morphology of entomopathogenic fungi; biological control of insects and nematodes
Daniel F Klessig - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology Research Interests: biochemical, molecular and genetic studies of salicylic acid- and nitric acid-mediated signal transduction in disease resistance in tobacco and Arabidopsis
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology Research Interests: identification of virulence-associated features in plant pathogenic bacteria, including Pseudomonas Syringae pathovars and Ca. species through analysis of their genome sequences
Rosemary Loria - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology Research Interests: host-pathogen interactions; molecular genetic analysis of pathogenicity determinants
Gregory B Martin - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology Research Interests: research focus is on the molecular basis of: 1) bacterial pathogenesis and host susceptibility; 2) recognition events involved in plant immunity; and 3) host signal transduction leading to defense responses; experimental approaches, including genomics, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, forward and reverse genetics, and proteomics used to investigate aspects of plant-bacterial interactions
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: plant pathology Research Interests: diseases of vegetable crops; integrated pest management; fungicide resistance; epidemiology; powdery mildew; Phytophthora; air pollutants
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology Research Interests: population biology and evolution of plant pathogens; the integration of population biology and plant disease epidemiology
Patricia Mowery - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: plant-microbe biology Research Interests: bacterial motility and sensing with emphasis on Xyllella fastidiosa
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: ecology and development of oomycetes in the spermosphere and rhizosphere with special emphasis on plant pathogenic Pythium species; understanding how microbial interactions and plant associations influence Pythium development and pathogenesis
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: genetics of quantitative disease resistance; international agriculture; current focus on two diseases of maize that are important both in the United States and in Africa: northern corn leaf blight and gray leaf spot
Teresa Pawlowska - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: biology and evolution of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi (phylum Glomeromycota)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: Cucumber mosaic virus and its vector transmission, pathogen diagnostics technologies, and potato viruses; Director of the NYS Foundation Potato Seed Program and the Uihlein Laboratory and Farm
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: structure, function and dynamics of the plant cell wall and apoplast during development and plant-pathogen interactions; coupling biochemistry with newly developed approaches involving genomics and proteomics; tomato issued as a model system to study wall and apoplastic dynamics in ripening fruits and in vegetative tissues in response to microbial challenge
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: biology and management of tree fruit diseases both in the field and after harvest
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: quantitative epidemiology, focusing on model development and other quantitative measures for the practical management of fruit and vegetable diseases; understanding the biological processes responsible for disease development; elucidating the role of weather and plant disease
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: biology and management of vegetable diseases; host-pathogen interactions
Bryan Swingle - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: Bacterial phytopathogen biology and functional genomics
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: genetics and molecular biology of fungal pathogens
Xiaohong Wang - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: molecular basis of plant-nematode interactions; host resistance to the potato cyst nematodes
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: fungal diseases of fruit crops, with emphases on pathogen biology and disease management; grapevine diseases and Phytophthora root and crown rots of various tree and berry crops
Stephen C Winans - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: molecular plant-bacteria interactions; host-microbe chemical signaling
Thomas A Zitter - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Pathology: fungal and oomycete biology; plant pathology; plant-microbe biology Research Interests: diseases of vegetables; integrated pest management; ecology and epidemiology of foliar pathogens; epidemiology and control of virus diseases