Group of students and faculty

The Department of Plant Pathology serves Washington state’s agriculture. All of us in the department share a common goal: finding solutions for disease problems of numerous crops. These crops include grain, forage, forest, fruit, vegetable crops, and specialized crops such as ornamentals, bulbs, nursery stock, turf, and vegetable and grass seed.

We also cooperate with federal plant pathologists (USDA), all of whom have adjunct faculty appointments. Participating in regional and inter-regional projects, focusing on important disease problems throughout the Pacific Northwest, the nation, and the world.

Where are we located?

Washington Map with crops and vegetable pictures collaged together.

We are strategically located throughout Washington state to tackle the many problems encountered by our multi-faceted agricultural industries. Our Agricultural Research Stations are located in Mount Vernon (the northwest area of Washington state, north of Seattle), Wenatchee (central Washington, a major fruit growing region in the state), Puyallup (northwest Washington, south of Seattle/Tacoma), and Prosser (southeast Washington, close to the Tri-Cities area).

Our main campus is located in Pullman, in eastern Washington, in an area of the Pacific Northwest known as the Palouse and famous for wheat production.

The Palouse region has rolling hills and fields bordering forested areas to the east and desert scablands to its west. Outdoor recreational opportunities abound: water sports, snow sports, rock climbing, camping, fishing and hiking are activities many of our students enjoy. Indoor recreation is offered at the new Student Recreation Center which was built in 2004 and contains something for everyone!

Moscow, Idaho is home to the University of Idaho and is a short 7 miles to the east of Pullman. The Rocky Mountain Research Station (USDA) is located in Moscow and some of our adjunct faculty and their graduate students perform research on forest pathology. The proximity allows students to draw on the wide-ranging expertise of faculty at both universities.