Department Head Message


Dr. Lawrence DatnoffThe LSU Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology is well-recognized nationally and internationally for applied and basic research on plant diseases of economically important crops and coastal plants, as well as work on plant abiotic stress.  Louisiana’s warm, humid, sub-tropical environment is favorable for plant diseases and provides opportunities for mission-oriented research on corn, cotton, rice, soybeans, sugarcane, and sweet potatoes, as well as a number of horticultural crops.  Our graduate students have the opportunity to acquire cutting-edge research skills, as well as hands-on traditional diagnostics critical for the successful practice of plant pathology. Our students attend and present papers at regional, national and international meetings; conduct research in unique geographical areas and visit leading agricultural research facilities throughout the USA.  Our active departmental graduate student association hosts visitors and plans workshops/activities designed to strengthen professional skills and knowledge of field and laboratory techniques.  Explore our website! You’ll see that LSU is the place to be for a high quality graduate education, distinguished faculty, innovative applied and basic research, dynamic extension and outreach, and active and award-winning graduate students.