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Faculty of Plant Pathology have been invited to present their work in Brazil, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, Poland, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Uruguay, and throughout the United States.

Dr. Aardra Kachroo is an invited speaker at the 2014 Kentucky Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference in Louisville, where she will present her research on plant defenses to disease.

Dr. Pradeep Kachroo received the 2014 Noel T. Keen Award for Research Excellence in Molecular Plant Pathology. This award is presented by the American Phytopathological Society for outstanding contributions to the molecular biology of plant disease.

Dr. Paul Vincelli received a Fulbright award for a 6-month teaching and research program in Nicaragua during 2014.

Dr. Peter Nagy received the Bobby Pass Excellence in Grantsmanship Award in 2013 in recognition of his outstanding grantmanship for research in molecular virology of plant RNA viruses.

Dr. Paul Vincelli received the 2012 M. Whiteker Award for Excellence in Extension.

Dr. Donald Hershman was a co-recipient of the 2012 International IPM Award for Excellence, and the 2012 ESCOP National Multi-State Research Award for Excellence.

Dr. Donald Hershman received the Southern Soybean Disease Workers 2011 Recognition Award

Dr. Pradeep Kachroo, Dr. Aardra Kachroo and, Dr. Lisa Vaillancourt were the corresponding authors on major research papers in Nature Genetics, the top ranked research journal in the life sciences.


Plant Pathology Department

201F Plant Science Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0312

phone: (859) 257-7445
fax: (859) 323-1961


Welcome to the University of Kentucky Department of Plant Pathology home page.

Since its establishment in 1963, our department has gained recognition as one of the leading Departments of Plant Pathology in the country and around the world. A defining characteristic is our intense focus on fundamental research, while still keeping “one foot in the furrow” by helping Kentucky’s agricultural community combat plant disease.

Plant Pathology at Kentucky is a vibrant research community. Our faculty are leaders in the field. Our exceptional laboratories and equipment serve cutting-edge research. Our intensive graduate program fosters excellence, with its up-to-the minute instruction, comprehensive laboratory training, collegiality, and engaged mentoring. In addition, the department attracts many postdoctoral scholars and renowned visiting scientists.

A vital part of the department’s mission is serving the practical needs of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Through our Extension service we maintain our commitment to Kentucky’s growers by investigating both traditional and modern approaches to disease control, including pioneering the use of biotechnology to diagnose and treat diseases more effectively.

The University of Kentucky Department of Plant Pathology has built a dynamic research environment. We encourage you to explore further.

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