Plant Pathology is a broad program at Texas A&M University with emphasis on both basic molecular biology and field application, and involves the scientific training of professional plant pathologists. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental and practical concepts associated with pathology and the conceptual schemes of fungal, bacterial, viral, nematological, mycoplasmal and physiogenic diseases, host plant resistance, and the role of environmental cues in plant health.
Department faculty research most aspects of plant pathology, including:
- physiology of parasitism,
- plant-microbe interactions
- genetics of PAMP-triggered immunity (PTI) and Effector-triggered immunity (ETI)
- RNA silencing
- genetics of pathogen variation and variability
- genetics of host-pathogen-hyperparasite populations
- ecology of soil-borne pathogens
- etiology and epidemiology of plant disease
- clinical phytopathology
Science changes continuously and it is critically important that scientists are able to grow and adapt to new technologies while incorporating the latest scientific “facts.” Our success is measured by how well our students develop the discipline, the self-confidence, and the ethical standards that are primarily responsible for their future success. The best way to teach this is by laboratory rotations, laboratory classes, seminar courses, field trips, and research experiences. Most of our student’s learning comes from primary literature and from personal interactions with professors, technical staff, and fellow students. PLPM is large enough to allow students to become exposed to all aspects of plant pathology and plant-microbiology while small enough to promote close interaction between students and faculty.
Conduct leading edge research on plant diseases and plant-microbe interactions that directly and indirectly impact: Our ability to feed the world; Human and animal health; Environmental stewardship and sustainability. Educate and prepare leaders in the STEM fields of plant and environmental health through a creative and challenging educational environment that integrates scholarship, fundamental knowledge, and experiential learning. Convey information relevant to society through effective outreach and services that address plant health, food safety and environmental health to the citizens of Texas, the United States and the World.
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Programme StructureCourses include:
- Introduction to Plant Pathology
- Advanced Plant Pathology Laboratory
- Methods in Molecular Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions
- Bacterial Pathogenesis
- Signaling and Resistance
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Deadline passed
- Apply before , National
- Deadline passed, International
DisciplinesPlant & Crop Sciences View 108 other Masters in Plant & Crop Sciences in United States
The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology considers the following student information, each with roughly equal weight, for graduate admission decisions:
- Professional Statement of purpose and career goals
- Quality of Letters of Recommendation
- Leadership and Life Experience
- Quality and Depth of Research and/or Teaching Experience
- Academic Performance as an Undergraduate. Typically the minimum Grade Point Average for consideration is 2.5.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Performance.
International779 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 779 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
National779 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 779 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
In-State278 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 278 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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