Plant pathology is the study of plant diseases and pathogens and their management. Plant physiology is the study of plant function, growth, and development and plant responses to environmental stresses. Weed science is the study of weed biology, ecology, and management. Virginia Tech's degree and research emphasis is on: plant pathology—the study and management of plant disease, host-pathogen interactions, and plant pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses, and nematodes); plant physiology and molecular biology of plants—the study of plant growth and development, plant biotechnology and plant improvement, function and response to environmental stresses, and weed science—the study of weed biology, physiology, ecology, and management.
Getting started with academic research | Overview of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science | Recommended databases | Early literature
CAB Abstracts indexes citations and abstracts from journals, books, reports, handbooks, conference proceedings, field notes, and theses in agriculture, life sciences, natural resources, veterinary sciences, applied economics, nutrition, tourism, and the environment. Includes the CAB Abstracts Archive. Some full text available as PDFs. 1910s-present.
Acta Horticulturae provides the full text (PDF) of conference proceedings and technical reports from this peer-reviewed series of publications from the International Society of Horticultural Science. Content is searchable and browsable by publication year. 1963-present.
Plant Management Network indexes the full text of thousands of fact sheets, newsletters, product listings, conference papers, and training resources on applied plant science and other agricultural disciplines, plus articles from several plant science journals. Full text provides as PDFs. Also includes an image database of field crops, vegetables, fruits, trees, tropical plants, and turf grass. 2000-present.
SciFinder indexes citations and abstracts from Chemical Abstract Services databases and MEDLINE including journal articles, patents, books, conference papers, dissertations, and reports. You can search text-based fields or draw chemical structures. You can perform cited reference searches. 1907-present. Limited to simultaneous users. Registration required.