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The Department of Plant Pathology has been responding to disease threats to agricultural fields, forests, and urban landscapes for more than a century.  We have trained generations of field-shaping leaders in plant pathology.  And we have provided exceptional research-based information to agriculture professionals for many decades.

We remain global leaders in plant pathology today and continue to adapt our research, teaching, and Extension efforts to respond to contemporary needs and opportunities.  While institutional support and research grants from public and private entities remain critical to work we do, contributions from donors play an increasingly important role in helping the Department remain an agile, adaptable, and highly effective world leader.  Your dollars, time, and advocacy support our research, teaching, and Extension mission, helping us delve into new fields of science, expand education and outreach programs, update facilities, and provide contemporary training opportunities for our students.  We are grateful for your support and look forward to meeting and exceeding your expectations! 

If you have questions about giving to the Department of Plant Pathology, please contact us at or call (612)-625-8200.

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Online Giving to Plant Path

Give to Vaala-Henry Endowment

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Support Graduate Education

Vaala-Henry Endowment

What it provides: Additional financial support to young international scientists who are enrolled in the University's Department of Plant Pathology and receiving partial funding as Norman E. Borlaug Fellows in International Agriculture.

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Support Research and Outreach

Stakman-Borlaug Center

What it supports: The Stakman-Borlaug Center for Sustainable Plant Health, a multidisciplinary center that addresses issues that threaten global food security and ecosystem health through research, education, and outreach. 

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Plant Disease Diagnostics Fund

What it supports: The Plant Disease Clinic and the research and salaries of non-tenure track scientists focusing on plant disease diagnosis.

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Dr. Yue Jin Fund for International Graduate Students in Plant Pathology

What it supports: Plant pathology graduate students coming from international backgrounds.

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Lieberman-Okinow Disease Resistance Endowed Chair

What it supports: The Lieberman-Okinow Disease Resistance Fund is used to support chairs, professors and lectureship. Interest income supports this endowed Chair, currently held by Professor Brian Steffenson.

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Plant Pathology Service Fund

What it supports: The Department of Plant Pathology, including research, education, extension, and outreach work focused on plant health and the biology of plant-microbe interactions.

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