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 More
The strengths of the Plant Pathology faculty members serve our clientele, science, and provide a rich environment for graduate education. More
Fall semester seminars are held on Wednesdays in the Stephen's Room (3503 Thomas Hall) from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Spring semester seminars are typically held in the Toxicology Auditorium on Centennial Campus.   More
The Plant Disease and Insect Clinic diagnoses plant diseases and identifies insects to help farmers, growers, landscapers, . . .  More

What's New

Fifth Annual "Exploring Fungi" Workshop
The Department of Plant Pathology held its fifth annual "Exploring Fungi" workshop for high school biology teachers on August 5-7, 2013 at North Carolina State University. Teachers from Harnett, Mecklenburg, Granville, Franklin and Wake counties in North Carolina were joined by undergraduate students and a professor from Middle Georgia State University in a program designed to encourage high school students to investigate concepts in...
United States Agency for International Development - Bureau of Food Security
Jean Ristaino (third from right) served as a senior science advisor and Jefferson Fellow in the Bureau of Food Security, Office of Agriculture Research and Policy (BFS/ARP).  She worked on a portfolio of issues including human and institutional capacity development in Feed the Future countries.  She helped launch the Borlaug Higher Education Agriculture Research Development Program and conducted a country- wide needs assessment of...
Plant Pathology Display at the CALS Tailgate
Joe Roberts, Lee Butler, Emma Lookabaugh, and Barbara Shew are shown working the Plant Pathology exhibit display at the annual CALS Tailgate. Tailgate is the largest single Alumni event held at NC State University and the largest single event in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  Tailgate was held on August 31, 2013 at Dorton Arena prior to the 12:30 kickoff of the NCSU/Louisiana Tech football game.  The Pack won big, 40...
Bill Cline - The Blueberry Man
Small, round and sweet — to most, a blueberry is just that. But according to Bill Cline, a research and extension specialist in N.C. State’s plant pathology department, there’s much more to a blueberry than meets the eye. Read the full length article in The Technician.
Dr. Steven Lommel named Associate Dean and Director of NCARS
Dr. Steven Lommel has been named associate dean and director for the N.C. Agricultural Research Service in N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective Sept. 1. For full article, see CALS New Center.
Miranda Ganci studies mitigation strategies against box blight
Miranda Ganci, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduate student in plant pathology, is studying ways to design mitigation strategies against box blight, an aggressive disease that threatens the economic viability of the boxwood industry. That research was the subject of her presentation in the poster competition at the 2013 Graduate Student Research symposium in April. To read full article: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/...
Lucky Mehra awarded the Don E. Mathre Student Travel Award (APS)
Lucky Mehra was awarded with Don E. Mathre Student Travel Award by American Phytopathological Society (APS) Foundation to present a poster at the 2013 annual APS meeting in Austin, TX from 9 August 2013 to 14 August 2013. The title of Lucky's poster was "Effect of Levels of Wheat Residue on the Severity of Stagonospora nodorum blotch in Winter Wheat."
Barbara Shew named a Fellow of the American Peanut Research Society
Barbara Shew was named a Fellow of the American Peanut Research Society (APRES) at the Society’s annual meeting at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia on July 12, 2013. Fellowship recognizes outstanding contributions in one or more areas of research, extension, administration, or service.
David Bird named 2013 Fellow of The Society of Nematologists
David Bird was named 2013 Fellow of The Society of Nematologists for "outstanding contributions to nematology." David displays the plaque presented by the SON President, Jon Eisenback (background), at the Annual SON meeting in Knoxville, TN, July 17, 2013.  
Tobacco Tour 2013
The North Carolina Flue-Cured & Burley Tobacco Tour is the combined effort of the Departments of Plant Pathology (Dr. Mina Mila), Crop Science (Dr. Loren Fisher), Entomology (Dr. Hannah Burrack), and Biological & Agricultural Engineering (Dr. Grant Ellington). The tour provides an opportunity to observe some of the tobacco research conducted by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and the North Carolina...