The year that bacteria were first described as pathogens of plants. Based on his work with fire blight of pear, quince, and apple, Thomas J Burrill, hired at the University of Illinois in 1867, was the first person to describe a plant disease caused by a bacterium.
The number of Rp genes conveying resistance to the corn rust pathogen, Puccinia sorghi, discovered by UI plant pathologist AL Hooker.
All accepted graduate students are promised full support to complete their degree
Graduate student fellowships available
New graduates needed by 2020 with a master's degree or Ph.D. in plant breeding
Value of Illinois Soybean Association Scholarship over four years for undergraduate students in crop sciences
$65,000 - $80,000
Starting salary range for graduates with a Master’s Degree from the Department of Crop Sciences
Percentage of undergraduate students who pursue advanced degrees
Undergraduate students in crop sciences who complete at least one summer internship.
Retention rate in graduate program (national average is 52%)