The graduate program in plant protection was created in 1991 as a concentration of the Agronomy program. In 1999 it included the doctorate degree and became the program Plant Protection Graduate Program (PPGFs), studying Entomology and Plant Pathology, and in 2001 it was included Weed Science in the scope of the program. Nowadays receive students from all over Brazil and from several countries.
The mission of the program is to train professionals to develop activities of teaching, research and extension, meeting the human resources demand in plant protection.
The egress of the program must have a high technical and scientific background and have the ability to understand the productive system broadly, developing innovative and sustainable alternatives for crop protection; coordinate research groups in Companies, Research Centers and Universities; develop innovative research projects aimed at solving short, medium and long term problems; have a global view of phytosanitary problems, with the possibility of anticipating future problems in the changing world; innovate and undertake, generating value in their endeavors; have a global vision of science and extend to the local reality of the production system; and train human resources at undergraduate and graduate levels.