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

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Meet our Department Chair:

Dr. Katherine Borkovich is the chair of the department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology. Her research focuses on fungal cell and molecular biology and functional genomics of fungi. Her office can be located in Genomics 1234B and she can be reached by email at katherine.borkovich@ucr.edu.

Department News

Upcoming Events

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PLPA 250 Seminar- Lindsey Pedroncelli & Beth Peacock
January 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
Zoom Link Contact: margarita.flores@ucr.edu
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by: Lindsey Pedroncelli, PLPA Graduate Student  Seminar Title: "The Role of Irrigation in Disease Development and Management of Macrophomina Charcoal Rot on Strawberries” Biography: Lindsey Pedroncelli is a 4th…
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PLPA 250 Seminar- Biagio DiSalvo & Francisco Franco-Navarro
January 14, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
ZOOM Link Contact: margarita.flores@ucr.edu
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by: Biagio DiSalvo, PLPA Graduate Student  Seminar Title: “Specific Bacterial Grapevine Endophytes Reduce Disease Severity of Pierce's Disease of Grapevine” Biography: Biagio is a third year PhD candidate in Dr…
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MPP Awards and Graduate Student Invited Lectureship 2021
January 07, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
ZOOM Contact: margarita.flores@ucr.edu
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology invites you to their Awards Presentation and Graduate Student Invited Lectureship. We will be presenting the awards for the Edmond C. Calavan Scholarship, the Peter and Pamela Tsao Graduate Student Award, the Microbiology Departmental Student Award, and the Excellence in Mycology…
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PLPA 250 Seminar- Paul Carini, University of Arizona
December 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Zoom Link Contact: margarita.flores@ucr.edu
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology's weekly Plant Pathology 250 seminar series is presented this week by Dr. Paul Carini from the University of Arizona  Seminar Title: "Developing microbial culture collections to understand the complex phenotype of actinobacterial desiccation (and rehydration!) tolerance"…
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