• The North Carolina State University Department of Plant Pathology 2014 Master's Symposium speakers. From left to right: Emma Wallace, Benjamin Van Ryzin, Megan Meyers, Alyssa Koehler, Leah Vang, and Yan Yan
    Master's Symposium Speakers - L-R: Emma Wallace, Benjamin Van Ryzin, Megan Meyers, Alyssa Koehler, Leah Vang, and Yan Yan
  • Joseph Roberts receives Gerald O. Mott Scholarship for Meritorious Graduate Students in Crop Science award on Monday November 3rd, 2014 from the residing president of the Crop Science Society of America, David D. Baltensperger.
    L-R: David D. Baltensperger & Joseph Roberts - Gerald O. Mott Scholarship
  • Lucky Mehra, a PhD student with Drs. Peter Ojiambo and Christina Cowger, spoke to about 100 visitors to the Northeast Ag Expo in Tyner, NC. Lucky explained the life cycle of Stagonospora nodorum, a widespread fungal pathogen that causes a sometimes damaging leaf and glume blotch of wheat. He also described best management practices and his research on factors that determine epidemic severity.
    Lucky Mehra - Small-Grains Field Day
  • L-R: Dr. Kuldeep Jadon, Dr. A.M. Parakhia and Dr. Barbara Shew, Dr. Barbara Shew recently visited Kuldeep Jadon who was a Borlaug Fellow from India at NCSU last fall. Drs. Shew and Jadon visited several peanut fields and farmers in the state of Gujarat India. They visited his fellow scientists at the Directorate of Groundnut Research, and scientists at Junadadh Agricultural University. They also traveled to KVK Centers in Porbandar and Kodinar where they met with farmers and discussed Extension Programs in India and the United States.
    L-R: Dr. Kuldeep Jadon, Dr. A.M. Parakhia and Dr. Barbara Shew
  • Dave Shew, Michael Cannon, Barbara Shew, Jim Kerns, Lucky Mehra, Rick Davis, and Lina Quesada represented Plant Pathology well at the annual CALS Tailgate event held on Sept. 6. Tailgate was held for the first time in PNC Arena
    CALS Tailgate 2014
  • Picture of
    Left-Right: Dr. Luis Felipe Arauz and Dr. Turner Sutton. Dr. Arauz received the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
  • Dr. Barbara Shew presents her peanut disease research trials to stakeholders that attended the 62nd Annual Peanut Field Day at the Peanut Belt Research Station in Lewiston-Woodville, N.C. on Sept. 4, 2014
    Dr Barbara Shew - Peanut Field Day 2014
  • Picture of new NCSU Department of Plant Pathology graduate students for Fall 2014. Pictured left to right starting on the back row: Brianna Hoge, Megan miller, Mengying Wang, Jing Jin. Left to right on bottom row: Hsien Tzer Tseng, Andrew Scruggs, Nathan Miller, Michael Cannon. Not pictured: Yung Peng Qiu
    The New, Fall 2014, Department of Plant Pathology Graduate Students
  • Dr. Ignazio Carbone (center) receives the Ruth Allen Award at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society from APS Past-President, Mike Boehm (left) and current APS President George Abawi (right).
    Dr. Ignazio Carbone receives the Ruth Allen Award
  • Plant Pathology faculty, staff and students made presentations at the Tomato Field Day held at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center in Mills River, NC on August 7. Pictured R-L: Lina Quesada, Mike Adams, and Emma Wallace
    Tomato Field Day 2014
  • Group Photo of Kelman Scholars at the NC State University Undergraduate Research Symposium. Their faculty advisors name in parentheses : Julia Heiken (Dr. Rick Davis), Jillian Perrine (Dr. Mina Mila), Harper Niver (Dr. Rick Davis), Andrew Scruggs (Dr. Lina Quesada), Joe Doherty (Dr. Jim Kerns) , & Kathryn Nilsson (Dr. Christina Cowger).
    2014 Kelman Scholars
  • (L-R) Rick Davis, Department Head, Jane Dove Long, Asmina Mila, and Graduate Students, Hsien-Tzer Tseng and Jack Bittner
    North Carolina Tobacco Tour
  • Plant Pathology graduate students. PP590 Field Pathology class turf day. L-R: Andrew Scruggs, Camilo Parada, Leah Elsea, Glenn Galle, Benjamin Van Ryzin, Emma Wallace, Casey Ruark, Emily Meyers, Jessica Brown, Alyssa Koehler.
    PP590 Field Pathology Class Graduate Students - Turf Day
  • Marc Cubeta elected MSA Fellow
  • Will Sharpee wins best poster at Gordon Conference
  • Syngenta Crop Protection Plant Pathology Graduate Fellowship
  • Kestrel McCorkle named a 2014 CALS Outstanding Teaching Assistant
  • Plant Pathology Alumnus, Agriculture and Livestock Minister of Costa Rica
  • Plant Pathology Graduate Students Visit High School Biology Classes
  • Casey Ruark named 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellow

About Us

The Department of Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University is composed of nearly thirty faculty that direct a diverse portfolio of programs with strengths in academic programs, research and extension. Collectively, these strengths not only serve our clientele and our science, but also provide a rich environment for graduate education and training that can be tailored to the specific career interests of the student, irrespective of whether they prefer training in the basic sciences or are preparing for a career in extension. We encourage you to explore this site and would be pleased to assist you in meeting your needs regarding Plant Pathology.


Fall semester seminars are held on Wednesdays in the Stephens Room (3503 Thomas Hall) from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Spring semester seminars are typically held in the Toxicology Auditorium on Centennial Campus. For a schedule of presenters click here.


The Plant Disease and Insect Clinic diagnoses plant diseases and identifies insects to help farmers, growers, landscapers, homeowners, and gardeners grow healthy plants and crops.  In consultation with expert faculty, we recommend ways to treat or prevent the problems we diagnose. The PDIC was established as the Plant Disease Clinic in the Department of Plant Pathology at NC State University in 1951. We are a member of the National Plant Diagnostic Network and the Southern Plant Diagnostic Network .