University of California, Riverside

Microbiology and Plant Pathology


Fawcett The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology occupies state-of-art research laboratories that are located in the Genomics Building, Boyce Hall, Batchelor Hall, Webber Hall and the Fawcett Laboratories. Each faculty member has basic and specialized equipment required for their particular research programs. Individual laboratories also have general access to extensive research facilities including core instrumentation facilities, greenhouses, and field plots on campus and elsewhere throughout the state. In addition, the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology is the home of the national and international programs, such as Citrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP) and the World Phytophthora and Oomycete Genetic Resource Collection.

researchCore Instrumentation Facility, Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB)

The core facility of IIGB is organized around a 10,000 sq.ft. suite at Noel T. Keen Hall that serve as a centralized, shared-use resource for faculty, staff and students. The Core Facilities and staff offer advanced tools for bioinformatics, microscopy, and imaging, proteomics and genomics and provide a focal point for broad-based cutting-edge biological research. These facilities are housed within the same building, providing researchers with the ability to access diverse technologies and expertise at one location. The Microscopy/Imaging, Bioinformatics and Proteomics Cores are directed by Academic Coordinators in the Center for Plant Cell Biology. Please contact Drs. David Carter (for Microscopy/Imaging), Thomas Girke (Bioinformatics) and Songqin Pan (for Proteomics) for further information. DNA Sequencing Core and other molecular biology services are managed by an Academic Coordinator in the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology. Please contact the Academic Administrator Dr. Glenn Hicks ( for further information.

Plant Growth Facilities


Our facilities include a large number of modern air-conditioned greenhouses, many with sophisticated filter-air systems, covering more than 26,000 square feet on campus. Several lathhouses for shaded outdoor plantings and an extensive screenhouse for insect free culture are also available. Headhouse facilities include potting and service areas plus a large number of controlled environment growth chambers and temperature-controlled tanks for plant growth. The Department also has several shared Arabidopsis growth rooms in the headhouse and the Genomics Building. Support personnel provide cultural care, pest management, and maintenance of the entire greenhouse facility. Extensive farmland is available as well, on campus and elsewhere.

Plant Transformation Research Core Facility


The UCR PTRC aims to facilitate scientific research by providing efficient plant transformation procedures for species of economic importance in California and model systems used to investigate gene functions. The Center is equipped with two BL-2 greenhouses, a growth room, three tissue culture rooms, a laboratory with all the essential equipment for molecular bilogy, image analyses, and genetic technologies. Beyond our state of the art facilities, the scientific staff at the Center has extensive experience in working with in vitro plant tissue culture and micropropagation, molecular biology and plant genetic transformation techniques. Please contact the director Dr. Martha L. Orozco-Cardenas ( for further information.

CCPPCitrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP)

This internationally recognized program provides researchers and growers with stocks of stable, disease-tested citrus fruit and rootstock varieties. Over 200 important varieties are maintained by the program which are routinely tested for diseases and evaluated horticulturally. In addition, through its disease testing and disease elimination capabilities, the CCPP provides a safe mechanism for importing citrus varieties from other countries. The CCPP thereby serves as a valuable and prestigious resource for scientists at UCR and throughout the world that are interested in variety improvement. For further information about CCPP, please contact
Dr. Georgios Vidalakis (

phytophthoraWorld Phytophthora Genetic Resource Collection

The Department houses the largest collection of isolates of Phytophthora in the world. Cultures are preserved under liquid nitrogen to maintain their long-term viability. Currently, the collection consists of over 15,000 accessions of over 120 species and represents a valuable resource for scientists both at Riverside and throughout the world who are interested in the taxonomy, genetics, and pathology of these organisms. There is also a matching DNA Bank for over 6.000 of the live cultures. For further information, please contact Dr. Michael Coffey (

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology
Boyce Hall 1463

Tel: (951) 827-3598
Fax: (951) 827-4294