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Plant Pathology

The program offers study in plant pathology, including emphasis on diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, and nematodes. Graduate students may specialize in the physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology of plant pathogens or host-pathogen interactions; the biology and ecology of plant pathogens; epidemiology and modeling of plant diseases; and the diagnosis and control of plant diseases, including chemical, biological, and integrated methods of control.

Pharmacology and Toxicology

The Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group is an interdisciplinary program that combines coursework and experimental training in modern approaches to pharmacological and toxicological problems. The group is comprised of more than 80 faculty members from the School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Biological Sciences. Students gain advanced knowledge on how chemicals in the environment effect the health and ecosystems of humans and animals.

Soils and Biogeochemistry

The Soils and Biogeochemistry Graduate Program focuses on the study of physical, chemical, and biological processes that occur in the soils of different landforms and ecosystems. These studies assess the impacts and implications of natural processes and anthropogenic effects, such as climate change, on soil and ecosystem behavior and development.

Ecology

The graduate group in ecology is an interdisciplinary graduate program that offers students a combination of both basic and applied ecology. Students gain advanced knowledge within one of the following organized areas of emphasis: agricultural ecology, conservation ecology, ecological genomics and genetics, ecosystems and landscape ecology, ecotoxicology, environmental policy and human ecology, integrative ecology, marine ecology, physiological ecology, or restoration ecology.

Ecology (Joint Program with San Diego State University)

The JDPE is a doctoral degree that is run jointly by the Ecology Program at San Diego State University and the Ecology Graduate Group at UC Davis. The joint nature of the doctoral program offers two primary advantages. First, students benefit from contact and expertise in and outside of the classroom with faculty members of two strong ecology programs. Second, across the two campuses, students have the opportunity to access facilities and field sites in nearly all the major biomes of California.

Entomology

The program emphasizes the integration of basic and applied aspects of entomology in solving problems in biology, agriculture, and the environment. Students can specialize in a diversity of areas such as biological control, economic entomology, pollination biology, insect chemical ecology, insect olfaction, insect demography, insect physiology, insect toxicology, integrated pest management, ecology and evolution, forensic entomology, medical entomology, and systematics. Facilities at Davis provide resources for a wide range of studies. The Richard M.

Environmental Policy and Management

The Environmental Policy and Management Program combines a background in scientific preparation with training in diverse social science, management, and professional disciplines. A focus of this program will be interdisciplinary training on the roles of science that is directly relevant to real-world environmental policy and management issues.

Nutritional Biology

The Nutritional Biology Graduate Group is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide the skills, and prepare students for modern, cutting-edge nutrition research. The faculty encompasses several colleges including the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, School of Medicine, and the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Food Science

Students study the application of biological, chemical, physical, and behavioral sciences to the processing, preservation, quality evaluation, public health aspects, and utilization of foods. For the M.S., there are four areas of specialization: chemistry-biochemistry, microbiology, processing, and sensory sciences. Individually designed programs are also accepted. For the Ph.D., there are three areas of emphasis: biochemistry/chemistry, microbiology/ fermentation, and sensory sciences.

Avian Sciences

The Avian Sciences Graduate Group aims to provide broad training in the underlying principles of the biology of Aves. The program offers specialized advanced work in several disciplinary areas, such as nutrition, physiology, reproduction, pathology, toxicology, immunology, food science, management, ecology, genetics, incubation, environmental physiology, and developmental biology of wild and domesticated animals. A variety of wild and domesticated birds are used as experimental animals, including psittacine, raptor, passerine, aquatic, and poultry species.

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