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Study Abroad Scholarship Available – China Summer 2017 – Plant Resources, Ecology, and Culture. Click here for more information.

Global Plant Health Internships

Are you interested in learning about global plant health, food security, emerging plant diseases and trade issues in the tropics?  The International Research Experience for Students (IRES) in Global Plant Health promotes discovery research using hands-on training in the tropics.

We live in a global community and plant diseases do not recognize country borders. Agricultural trade is responsible for movement of a myriad of plant pathogens globally each year. A significant portion of the foods we consume are grown in the tropics and imported into the United States. Students need a global perspective on the plant pathogens that infect our imported food crops.

Plant disease is a limiting factor in agricultural production in many areas of the world. In the humid tropics, diseases are difficult to control due to high rainfall conditions and the presence of a diversity of plant pathogenic microorganisms.

The program is directed by Dr. Jean Ristaino (Department of Plant Pathology) and Dr. Margo Daub (Department of Plant and Microbial Biology).

Requirements for the Global Plant Health Internship program include:

  • 1 semester studying tropical plant pathology (PP540), offered in the spring
  • 6-week summer research internship in Costa Rica
  • 1 special problems research course, offered in the fall.
  • Open to Upper-level undergraduate and graduate studetns

Learning objectives of the program include:

  • Developing a knowledge base and critical thinking skills on issues related to tropical agriculture, emerging plant diseases, ecology and the environment.
  • Identifying trade issues that are important in regulating plant pathogens that are imported from the tropics.
  • Identifying and developing appropriate skills for conducting ecologically-based plant pathology research in the tropics.
  • Developing an appreciation for the language, culture and people of Costa Rica and the foods they consume and export.

Click here to hear about Bridget Lassiter, a former participant, and her Global Plant Health Internship experience! Check out these CALS perspective articles for additional info on the program:

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Study Abroad: China Hangzhou Plant Resources & Ecology
Summer Study Abroad

PB 495/595 – Plant Resources, Ecology, and Culture (3 credits)

Through lectures and field trips to famous mountains and wetland park and lakes in eastern China, students will gain skills in field botany and knowledge of wetland and mountain vegetations, and plant biodiversity and its uses in China.

This course examines natural plant resources of Eastern Asia and explores Chinese culture and religions in eastern China combining classroom and field exercises. During this 3-week program, students from  Zhejiang University will join the class and visit famous Chinese gardens, markets, and museums in Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou cities, as well as visits to villages and the Buddhist and Taoist temples in the mountains.

Estimated at $2,200.
Cost includes: non-refundable application charge, tuition, room &n board, in-country excursions.
Airfare, visa fees, and personal expenses are not included.
Excursions include:
• Botanical field trips to: Tianmu Shan, Huang Shan, Qiyun Shan , Xixi
Wetland Park, and one thousand island lake
• Cultural activities: Trips to Shanghai and Suzhou, visits to West Lake,
Dragon Well Tea Plantation, Temples, local residence house and
Ancient Villages in Anhui

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Scholarship information also available online.