PhD Plant Pathology

The scientific study of plant illnesses caused by pathogens and environmental factors is known as plant pathology. Pathogen detection, illness causation, disease cycles, economic impact, crop losses, and cost-effective disease management are all part of plant pathology.
A plant pathologist must have a thorough grasp of disease-causing organisms and agents, as well as how plants develop and are impacted by disease. Students get the required basis for fascinating jobs in plant pathology by taking college courses in botany, microbiology, crop science, soil science, ecology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and physiology. The majority pursue master's and doctorate degrees after completing additional collegiate coursework. Colleges/universities, state or federal government, industry, and foreign institutes all employ plant pathologists.

Core Courses

  • Biological Control of Plant Pathogens
  • Genetics of Plant Pathogens
  • Biochemistry and Physiology of Diseased Plants
  • Ecology and Epidemiology of Plant Diseases
  • Plant Nematology
  • Plant Bacteriology
  • Plant Virology
  • Fungal Plant Pathology
  • Fungal Systematics

Eligibility Criteria

MSc (Hons) Agri/ MSc (Hons) Agri Sci./MS Botany with major in the relevant field

CGPA 2.5/4.00 (Semester System)/ 2nd division with at least 45% marks (annual system)


Plant pathologists are employed by:

  • Colleges and universities (research, teaching, and extension)
  • Agricultural consulting companies
  • Agrichemical companies
  • Seed and plant production companies
  • Tissue culture laboratories
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • International agricultural research centers
  • Botanical gardens and arboreta
  • Biotechnology firms
  • Biological control companies
  • Private practice
  • Nurseries and garden centers
  • Public policy organizations
  • Lawn and landscape maintenance firms
  • USDA-Agricultural Research Service
  • USDA-Forest Service
  • USDA-Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service
  • EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • State departments of agriculture​
  • Environmental, agricultural, and patent law firms

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