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Welcome to Botany and Plant Pathology



We focus on fundamental aspects of plant biology; plant health, plant function, plant-microbe and plant-insect interactions, genomics, evolution, and ecology.

We are the primary research and extension unit within OSU addressing diseases of economically important plants in Oregon, and plant diseases of worldwide significance.

Cultivating excellence in plant biology through teaching, research, and outreach


Along with Drs. Gar Rothwell and Ruth Stockey, Brian Atkinson (Graduate student in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology) recently published (as first author) a study in the American Journal of Botany where a new anatomically preserved conifer species called Hughmillerites vancouverensis from the Early Cretaceous of western Canada (~136 Million years ago)is characterized...................