Plant Pathology

Plant Pathology

The mission of the department is to expand basic knowledge regarding the biology and ecology of plant-infecting microbes, the etiology and epidemiology of plant diseases, and interactions between hosts and pathogens. To apply that knowledge toward development of rational disease control strategies.

Contact Information

354 Hutchison Hall

Phone: 530-752-0300

A Passionate Student Advocate

January 16, 2018
Plant Pathology Professor Dave Rizzo earns national recognition  

Plant pathology professor Dave Rizzo, the driving force behind a number of innovative student education programs at UC Davis, is being honored for his outstanding work in improving the undergraduate experience.

$1.7 Million for Climate-Resilient Agricultural Research

December 06, 2017
Funds Support Drought-Resistant Rice and Energy-Efficient Food-Drying Research  

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research has awarded more than $1.7 million to University of California, Davis, researchers to identify genes responsible for drought tolerance in rice and test a new energy-efficient food-drying process.

Gathering grapes

November 21, 2017
Humans may have improved grapes long before they cultivated them About 22,000 years ago, as the ice sheets that consumed much of North America and Europe began retreating, humans started to eat a fruit that today brings joy to millions of wine drinkers around the world: grapes.

That’s what UC Irvine evolutionary biologist Brandon Gaut and UC Davis plant biologist Dario Cantu discovered in a study recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.

Sweet news for strawberries

May 08, 2017

10 public varieties in the pipeline

New science, education, and collaborations at the UC Davis Strawberry Breeding Program bode well for the quality and affordability of strawberry production in California. The expanding team of public breeders has launched large-scale yield and disease-resistance experiments on several farms throughout the state and will soon release a new, improved variety.