Graduate Catalog
2019-2020
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Academics; once known as Natural Science Building. First section completed 1939; cost $127,650; second section completed Fall 1950; cost $485,300. Building contains 65,430 sq. ft. Named after Ellison Adger Smyth Jr. (1863 - 1941) who was Professor/Department Head of Biology from 1891 to 1925, and Dean of the Faculty from 1902 to 1906. An avid writer and photographer, Smyth founded and headed the Department of Biology at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (Virginia Tech).
330 Smyth Hall, 185 Ag Quad Lane Blacksburg VA 24061
Smyth Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
• PhD
PhD Degree in Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
Email Contact(s):
Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-0740
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Mar 15
Spring: Nov 01
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Department Head : Michael Evans
Graduate Program Director : Eric Beers (Graduate Program Director)
Emeriti Faculty: Edward Hagood; Sue Tolin
Professors: Jeffrey Derr (Hampton Roads AREC, Virginia Beach); Jonathan Eisenback; Chuanxue Hong (Hampton Roads AREC, Virginia Beach); Charles Johnson (Southern Piedmont AREC, Blackstone); David Langston (Tidewater AREC, Suffolk); John McDowell; David Schmale; Boris Vinatzer; James Westwood; Keith Yoder (Alson H. Smith, Jr. AREC, Winchester)
Associate Professors: Shawn Askew; Maria Balota (Tidewater AREC, Suffolk); Jacob Barney; Antonius Baudoin; Eva Colla'kova'; John Jelesko; Guillaume Pilot; Steven Rideout (Eastern Shore AREC, Painter); Xiaofeng Wang
Assistant Professors: Michael Flessner; David Haak; David McCall; Hillary Mehl (Tidewater AREC, Suffolk); Mizuho Nita (Alson H. Smith, Jr. AREC, Winchester)
Research Faculty: Elizabeth Bush; So Yon Park
Instructors: Mary Hansen

Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science Introduction

As a graduate program within the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, the core mission of the Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science (PPWS) program is to optimize plant productivity and quality by limiting the impact of biotic and abiotic stresses on the profitability of crops and other plant enterprises, as well as the impact of these stresses on natural and agricultural ecosystems. The program offers a Ph.D. degree in several areas of concentration within the department: plant pathology, the study of diseases, plant pathogens and their management; plant physiology, the study of plant function, growth and development and response to environmental stresses; weed science, the study of weed biology, ecology and management; and molecular plant sciences, basic biology, biochemistry and genetics of plant and plant pathogen systems. At the master's level, PPWS students participate in the M.S. program in Life Sciences, which also allows flexibility among the different options. For the M.S., students apply to the MSLFS degree type and select PPWS as the program.
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 90.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 150.0
      • Quantitative : 150.0
      • Analytical : 4.0
Masters degree:
PPWS offers the M.S. degree in any of the departmental concentrations. M.S. students meet the core requirements of the M.S. in the Life Sciences program and choose electives for the plan of study in consultation with a three-person advisory committee. The M.S. requires 30 credit hours, including at least 6 research credits for the thesis option; a non-thesis option is also available. M.S. students are required to present a research seminar and a final defense seminar and participate in one teaching activity. All M.S. students meet annually with the advisory committee for an annual progress evaluation.
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 90.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 150.0
      • Quantitative : 150.0
      • Analytical : 4.0
Doctoral degree:
PPWS offers the Ph.D. degree in any of the departmental concentrations. The Ph.D. degree requires 21 credit hours of coursework and a total of 90 credit hours for graduation. Ph.D. students develop a plan of study in consultation with a four- or five-person advisory committee in the third semester and take both written and oral preliminary examination in the fourth semester of graduate studies. Ph.D. students present two departmental seminars, a final defense seminar and participate in two graduate teaching activities. All Ph.D. students meet annually with the advisory committee for an annual progress evaluation.

Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science Facilities Introduction

PPWS facilities are located on-campus (Blacksburg) and at the Virginia Agricultural and Extension Centers (ARECs), including:

Smyth Hall (main offices), Blacksburg
Price Hall, Blacksburg
Latham Hall, Blacksburg
Glade Road Complex, Blacksburg
Kentland Farm, Blacksburg
Tidewater AREC, Suffolk
Eastern Shore AREC, Painter
So. Piedmont AREC, Blackstone
Alson H. Smith AREC, Winchester
Hampton Rds. AREC, Virginia Beach

Latham Hall


Faculty in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences are working in Latham Hall to improve human health and nutrition, sustain the environment, and develop resilient and productive cropping systems. Extensive resources for breeding, genetics, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, plant pathology, microscopy, metabolomics, genomics, tissue culture, plant transgenesis, bioinformatics, and controlled environment experiments are available for graduate research in Latham Hall.

Price Hall

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