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The world critically needs more sustainable production systems for food, fuel, fiber and landscapes.  The Doctor of Plant Health (DPH) program is a professional program that offers an exciting opportunity to those who want to be leaders and make a difference in these productions systems. Graduates from the program are in high demand... we are experiencing 100% employment upon graduation!


Salvador Ramirez presents poster at 2016 Plant Science Retreat

Dr. Gary Hein
Salvador "Sal"  Ramirez II

Sal Ramirez, a current DPH student, presented a poster at the 2016 Plant Science Retreat that was held on October 14th, 2016 at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City. The title of his poster is:  “Increasing diversity of crop rotations alters soil microbial communities under variable rates of nitrogen fertilization”.

Sal characterized soil microbial communities and how they were influenced by four different crop rotations and three rates of nitrogen fertilization. He will be presenting his work in November at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA meetings in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Gary Hein Attends ICE 2016

Dr. Gary Hein
Dr. Gary Hein & Sage Thompson

Dr. Gary Hein, PhD., Director of Doctor of Plant Health Program, attended ICE 2016, the XXV International Congress of Entomology, under the theme Entomology without Borders, September 25th-September 30th, 2016 in Orlando, FL. The event brought together the largest delegation of scientists and experts in the history of the discipline. It was an opportunity to make important connections with entomologists and scientists from around the world and showcase our program to an important global audience.

Dr. Hein and Sage Thompson from the University of Florida Doctor of Plant Medicine Program, co-hosted an information booth about both programs while in Orlando.

Justin McMechan, DPH Graduate, Receives Award

Justin McMechan
Justin McMechan

Justin McMechan, a recent DPH Graduate, received the John Henry Comstock Award at the ICE 2016 XXV International Congress of Entomology Conference in Orlando, FL.  The conference was held September 25th-30th, 2016.     

The John Henry Comstock Award goes to one student each year in each regional Branch of the Entomological Society of America (North Central Branch in this case) who has performed through their graduate career at an exemplary level.