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University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Hawaii System
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Tropical Plant Pathology
Graduate Student Handbook


Tropical Plant Pathology (TPP) is the study of plant diseases, their causes, and the interactions with the environment. The primary thrust in the program focuses on agricultural crops of economic importance; however, opportunities exist for discovery research in natural ecosystems and the laboratory. The field consists of several sub-disciplines including phytomycology, plant virology, bacteriology, nematology, epidemiology, crop protection, and molecular biology of host-pathogen interactions.

This handbook sets forth the basic policies, requirements and procedures for graduate students pursuing degrees in Tropical Plant Pathology for the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy. One should read this very carefully so that one is clear about their responsibilities as a student and the responsibilities of the program to the student. For any questions about the information presented here, please contact Dr. Brent Sipes, Graduate Chair. The earlier matters of concern are clarify, the less likely it is to create problems later. We wish all students great success in pursuing theit educational goals and hope that this handbook provides students with a tool to meet those goals.

Program Goals

The Tropical Plant Pathology Graduate Program has three goals for students. The faculty expect students to communicate effectively, to be competent and knowledgeable biologists, and to conduct research in plant pathology. The student learning outcomes associated with theses goals are:

TPP students communicate effectively

  • TPP students will write and defend a thesis of original phytopathological research.
  • TPP students will present the findings of their research in oral and/or poster formats at scientific forums.
  • TPP students will publish the results of their research in peer-reviewed journals.
  • TPP students will assist others in learning the science of plant pathology.

TPP students are competent and knowledgeable biologists

  • TPP students will have a basic understanding of molecular biology and genetics.
  • TPP students will demonstrate a general knowledge of the four major pathogen groups.
  • TPP students will possess understanding of plant disease epidemiology.
  • TPP students will have strong knowledge of their specialized field of study.

TPP students conduct research in plant pathology

  • TPP students will propose and formulate research hypothesis and objectives to address relevant plant pathological questions.
  • TPP students will conduct research using appropriate designs and methods.

Program Goals

  • Students communicate effectively
  • Students are competent and knowledgeable biologists
  • Students conduct research in plant pathology


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