Message from the Chair:

Welcome to the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at the University of California, Riverside! Our departmental goals are to conduct research on the basic biology of plant pathogens and microbes, to develop methods for the management of microbial diseases of plants and other organisms, to provide a quality education to our students; and be a repository of expert advice on plant diseases and microbiology to the citizens of California and the world.

Our department has its roots in the Citrus Experiment Station, which was established in Riverside in 1905. Although the department has maintained strength in the study of diseases of citrus, the scope has expanded to include concentrations in numerous other plant diseases as well as many sub-disciplines of microbiology. Represented among our faculty are experts in the fields of genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, ecology, evolutionary biology, and traditional aspects of disease control. Many faculty members have close interactions with industry representatives, advisors, and policy makers throughout California and worldwide. This is critical to applied research for identifying emerging and common plant diseases and microbes, and developing innovative management programs based on ecological and epidemiological approaches. 

On the following pages, I invite you to explore the research programs of our world-class faculty, our critical work in cooperative extension, and the graduate and undergraduate programs that we sponsor. - Katherine Borkovich

 
Howard Judelson
Meet our Department Chair:

Dr. Howard Judelson is the chair of the department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology. His laboratory research focuses on the eukaryotic microbe Phytophthora infestans, which is responsible for the late blight diseases of tomato and potato His office can be located in Genomics 1234A and he can be reached by email at howard.judelson@ucr.edu.

Upcoming Events

Robyn Roberts
PLPA 250- Robyn Roberts, Colorado State University
November 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
ZOOM Link Contact: caroline.roper@ucr.edu
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by Dr. Robyn Roberts, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University Seminar Title: "Gaining insights into plant immunity by leveraging bacterial pathogens of wheat and tomato" Biography: Dr. Robyn Roberts is an…
Lindsey Burbank
PLPA 250 Seminar- Lindsey Burbank, USDA ARS
November 04, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
ZOOM Link Contact: caroline.roper@ucr.edu
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by Dr. Lindsey Burbank, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS. Seminar Title: “Function of Type II Toxin-Antitoxin systems in Xylella fastidiosa”. Biography: Dr. Burbank is currently a Research Plant Pathologist…
Quan Zeng PLPA 250
PLPA 250- Quan Zeng, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
October 28, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
ZOOM Link Contact: caroline.roper@ucr.edu
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by Dr. Quan Zeng, Associate Plant Pathologist, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Seminar Title: "Flower microbiome and its link to plant health" Abstract: Due to the nutrient rich nature and the…
Andrew McElron USDA
PLPA 250 Seminar- Andrew J. McElrone, USDA ARS & UC Davis
October 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
ZOOM Link Contact: caroline.roper@ucr.edu
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by Dr. Andrew J. McElrone, USDA ARS & UC Davis Seminar Title: "Insights into vascular structure and function from X-ray microCT and other hydraulic methods" Abstract: My adventures in xylem physiology and…
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