Plant & Environmental Sciences (M.S. and Ph.D.)
Clemson Plant Pathology is committed to improving crop, turfgrass, and ornamental plant growth, production, and quality through environmentally sound plant health practices for production of food, fiber, aesthetics and medicines. Teaching, research and extension/public service are integrated to improve understanding of plant diseases, pathogen biology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, herbicides and physiological processes of plants. Molecular genetics techniques are used in basic research designed to understand mechanisms of fungal pathogenesis, virology, soil bacterial ecosystems, and pathogen diagnostics.
Graduate programs in plant pathology and plant physiology lead to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant and Environmental Sciences. Varied course offerings provide excellent opportunities for learning the principles and skills of plant pathology. Additional courses in related disciplines such as biological sciences, plant physiology, genetics, agronomy, microbiology and biochemistry broaden each student's background in the plant sciences. The faculty bring to the classroom a wide variety of research areas and interests, including virology, nematology, mycology, bacteriology, micropropagation, plant medicine, fate and action of pesticides, epidemiology of pathogens, molecular genetics, and disease diagnosis.