Faculty members of the program are from the Thomas Hunt Morgan School of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Departments of Agronomy, Forestry, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology in the College of Agriculture. Areas of research pursued by the faculty members include stress physiology and biochemistry, metabolism and roles of secondary products in disease resistance, biochemical and molecular basis of disease resistance, and biochemistry of photosynthesis and photorespiration, physiology of crop yield, senescence, regulation of gene expression, physiology of stress and population genetics in forest species, mineral nutrition and ion transport, allopathy, plant morphogenesis in tissue culture, and genetic transformation of plants.
Plant Physiology utilizes courses in the Departments of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Statistics as supporting courses to suit the needs and interests of the individual student.
Admission to the Plant Physiology Program is competitive and based on the applicant's undergraduate and graduate records, performance on standardized exams, and the evaluations and recommendations of professionals. It is expected that applicants to the Plant Physiology Program will meet the minimum standards established by the University of Kentucky Graduate School. An adequate preparation for graduate study in Plant Physiology includes courses in general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and calculus. In addition, courses in biochemistry and physical chemistry are highly recommended. As part of the application process, applicants to the Plant Physiology Program should arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation forwarded to the Director of Graduate Studies.
In addition to satisfying Graduate School residency requirements, candidates for the Ph.D. must complete CHE 550,CHE 552, BCH 607, BCH 608, PLS 601, PLS 622, PLS 623, PLS 773, and an acceptable dissertation. A plant physiology minor requires PLS 622, PLS 623, and nine additional credit hours of prescribed course work. For additional information, contact: the Director of Graduate Studies, N212A Agricultural Science Center - North.
PPA 660 PLANT-MICROBE INTERACTIONS I (3)
PPA 661 PLANT-MICROBE INTERACTIONS II (3)
PLS 622 PHYSIOLOGY OF PLANTS I (SAME AS BIO/FOR 622) (3)
PLS 623 PHYSIOLOGY OF PLANTS II (SAME AS BIO/FOR 623) (3)
PLS 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)