Career in plant diseases
Date: Around 1993
I am an eighth grade student that is interested in a career in
plant disease and cures. What areas should I study for this field?
It is a great career, either as a basic researcher or working on
the more applied aspects, such as disease cures or agricultural production.
In eighth grade, it is an early start. I would learn basic general biology.
In college, most will have a major in biology with an emphasis on molecular
and cellular biology. They will also have biochemistry or molecular biology
majors themselves. You will most likely start in college with intense basic
biology and then move into a concentrated set of courses in molecular biology.
Almost all major public and private universities will be good in this area,
but you want one with a large enough research program so that eventually you
can work in a lab and get hands on research experience. This is where it
really gets exciting!
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