M.Sc. Ag. Plant Pathology

Course Overview

Master of Plant Pathology is one of the most popular post-graduate programmes to impart education in the field of plant pathology at graduate and post graduate levels and to develop human resource to pursue studies on important aspects of mycology and plant pathology. To develop diagnosis and management practices for diseases of fruits, vegetables and ornamentals and to periodically review and refine existing recommendations by the new and cost effective alternatives. Production of disease- free planting material of vegetatively propagated crops. Multilocational field testing of new fungicides including phytochemicals and eco-friendly fungicides. Plant Pathologists develop non-chemical management practices for the management of diseases of fruits, vegetables and ornamentals and to evaluate efficacy of different bio-control agents and bio-fungicides for management of various diseases. Plant Pathologists develop integrated disease management strategies in fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants, medicinal and aromatic plants including mushrooms. Main aim of this subject to demonstrate and disseminate the effective disease management technologies in the farmers’ fields to reduce the crop losses for higher production and productivity.


M.Sc. Ag. Plant Pathology


2 Years




B.Sc. Agriculture/ Horticulture or B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture/ Horticulture with minimum 50% marks from a recognized university.

Career Opportunities

Plant Pathology is a branch of agricultural science that deals with the study of fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes, and other microbes that cause diseases of plants.The branch focuses on understanding how hosts, pathogens, and environments interact to cause plant diseases and on understanding how to control plant diseases. A plant pathologist is a person who specializes in plant health much similar to a physician who specializes in human health or a veterinarian in animal health.With this agricultural technology option, students who wish to work for various commodity, seed, and agri-chemical industries learn to apply these principles to scientific agriculture and plant medicine.

  • Colleges and universities (research, teaching, and extension)
  • Agricultural consulting companies
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • Botanical gardens and arboreta
  • Biotechnology firms
  • Nurseries and garden centers
  • USDA-Agricultural Research Service
  • USDA-Forest Service
  • USDA-Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service
  • EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • State departments of agriculture
  • Plant Protection officers
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