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.
Percentage of undergraduate students who pursue advanced degrees
The number of Rp genes conveying resistance to the corn rust pathogen, Puccinia sorghi, discovered by UI plant pathologist AL Hooker.
Average starting salary for bachelor’s degree students in crop sciences
The year that two USDA plant pathologists, WB Allington and DW Chamberalin, first described the fungus that causes brown stem rot of soybean.
All accepted graduate students are promised full support to complete their degree
Ph.D. students placed in tenure track positions in past 5 years
Job offers for each undergraduate and graduate student in crop sciences
New graduates needed by 2020 with a master's degree or Ph.D. in plant breeding
Fellowships available in the Illinois Plant Breeding Center