Plant Pathology
Friday, November 15, 2019
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Plant Pathology : Job Prospects & Career Options

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With the increasing global demand for high-quality food, fiber, tree and ornamental plants, plant pathology is coming up as one of the hottest career options which provide various opportunities to Bio-Science graduates. This field provide ample opportunities both in the public and private firms.

Plant pathologists are playing a major role to boost up the country's agricultural productivity. Their main task is the management and control of the spread of diseases in plants. And for this they have to do research work on living organisms, non-living abiotic components and environment conditions, which are considered as the major source of diseases in plants. They reveal disease-causing genes and develop better plants with more resistance. For this, they work together with other specialists like plant breeders, weed specialists etc.

Numerous job openings are available for the plant pathologists in areas like research, product development, sales, teaching, administration, regulatory work and private practice. Graduates in plant pathology can take up their career as plant geneticist, plant breeder, aquatic botanist, limnologist (study of life and phenomena of inland waters), physiologist, plant pathologist etc. They can be appointed as farm and greenhouse managers, park and golf course superintendents, agribusiness sales representatives and in other biological science positions. Professionals are much in demand in research firms like tissue culture laboratories, diagnostic laboratories and agricultural research centers. Agricultural field offers a number of opportunities for qualified persons. Apart from being a field plant pathologists, one can work as an agricultural research scientist or a lecturer or production in-charge in the processing food and allied industry.

Plant pathologists are appointed in agrochemical companies, seed companies, fertiliser companies, agricultural consultancies etc. Seed companies need their help to develop better seeds with more resistance power where as Fertiliser companies look for their help to solve the technical problems related to plant diseases. Those who qualified NET examination conducted by Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) of Indian council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) can work as lecturers in the agricultural colleges or any higher education institute's plant pathology departments or allied research labs etc.

Plant pathology has immense scope overseas and candidates with master's or doctoral degrees are in great demand in countries like US, UK, Australia, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand etc. But for working in these countries, one has to clear the English language eligibility tests like TOEFL or IELTS.


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