Plant Pathology News

Approximately 125 plant pathologists from across the Midwest convened in St. Paul earlier this month (June 7-9) as part of the American Phytopathological Society’s North Central (NCAPS) regional meeting. Read more>>

Dr. Jose Pablo (JP) Dundore-Arias was recently awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology. This program supports a 2-year research and training plan proposed by the Fellow. Dundore-Arias will work in the laboratory of Dr. Linda Kinkel in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota. Read more >>

Alumnus David Rizzo (Ph.D. 1993featured in the New York Times for his work investigating tree deaths in California due to sudden oak death. 

Plant Pathology Alumnus Mike Wingfield (Ph.D. 1983) was recently honored with the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals. Read more >>

July 15, 2016

“The genome sequence is like a combination inventory, blueprint and roadmap for scientists to focus on genes and pathways that are most important for plant, animal and ecosystem health,” said Nevin Young, Ph.D., University of Minnesota plant pathology professor. “With alfalfa’s genome sequence, researchers know which genes are likely to affect disease resistance, digestibility and ability to produce natural nitrogen fertilizer. This will allow us to breed plants for higher quality and production.”

June 28, 2016

"What about applying a foliar fungicide to ward off disease damage following a hail storm? Dean Malvick, University of Minnesota Extension plant pathologist, warns against the promise of a miracle fix.

“The published results that I have seen indicate no significant benefit to application of fungicides to hail-damaged corn,” he says. “Also, crop consultants and producers have reported to me that when they applied fungicides to corn following hail damage in west central and south central Minnesota, there was no notable decrease in disease or increase in yield with the fungicide applications.”

That’s because Malvick says that the corn diseases that are most likely to increase after hail damage are  not controlled effectively with fungicide applications. These include common smut, Goss’s leaf blight and possibly stalk rots.

Malvick wants to connect farmers who have applied fungicides to hail-damaged fields so researchers can learn more about the effects of this practice."

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