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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. 

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.  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. 

The Global Plant Health Internship program requirements include a spring semester in class study of tropical plant pathology (PP540) at NC State University, followed by a 6 week summer research internship in Costa Rica and a fall special problems research course to complete the program.  The internships are open to upper level undergraduates and graduate students.

The International Research Experience for Students (IRES) in Global Plant Health  promotes discovery research using hands-on training in the tropics.  The program is directed by Dr Jean Ristaino, Dept of Plant Pathology and co- directed Dr Margo Daub, Dept of Plant Biology at NC State University

China Hangzhou Plant Resources & Ecology
Summer Study Abroad
PB 495/595 printable PDF

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 lake ecology, plant biodiversity and its
uses in China. The course enhances cross-cultural exchange during this 3
week program by having students from Zhejiang University join the
class and visits to 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 $1,950 includes:
• Application charge ($50)
• Tuition for 3 credits
• Housing in double dorm or hotel with private bath and air
• All meals & planned local transportation, cultural site visits, and entry
• 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

Note: Payment for this program should be made directly to the Dept. of
Plant Biology, not to the Study Abroad Office. International Airfare
(ca.$1000), costs for Beijing option, visa and personal expenses are not
APPLY: Apply online at

Scholarship information also available online.

The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control.
If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all
cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.