Plant Pathology June 2018 eNews


Melania Figueroa was awarded the 2018 Syngenta Award from the American Phytopathological Society (APS). This award is given by Syngenta Crop Protection to an APS member for an outstanding recent contribution to teaching, research, or extension in plant pathology. Read more >>


The Samac lab is part of the USDA-ARS-Plant Science Research Unit (PSRU) and has a broad portfolio of alfalfa research projects. Learn about the many exciting new research projects as well as lab, greenhouse, and field experiment work from this year. Read more >>


Ph.D. student Eric Nazareno was one of the eight graduate students awarded with the 2018 MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures (GFV) Fellowship. Eric’s research involves identifying new sources of genetic resistance against crown rust, a widespread disease in oat caused by the fungus Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae. He uses bi-parental linkage mapping and genome-wide association to locate quantitative trait loci linked to disease resistance in wild and cultivated species of oat. Read more >>

Andrew Sathoff was recently awarded the Torske Klubben Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year. This fellowship provides a $16,000 stipend for graduate student research. Read more >>

Feng Li was recently granted Sigma Xi membership as well as the Charles & Dorothy Andrew Bird Award from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, The University of Minnesota Chapter based on the quality of her research work. Read more >>

Grace Anderson, Brett Arenz and Dean Herzfeld were all recognized at the 2018 College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences College Assembly as winners of collegiate awards. Read more >>

As Plant Pathologist with the USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory alumnus Jim Kolmer's (M.S. 1982) work focuses on the population genetics and biology of the wheat leaf rust pathogen, Puccinia triticina in the U.S. and worldwide. Read more >>

Linda KinkelCorby Kistler, and Sarah Castle received a NIFA competitive grant “Developing Predictive Understanding of Management Effects on Microbiome Composition, Microbial Interactions, and Pathogen Suppression in Soil”. This three-year, $499,987 project will explore the effects of nitrogen and residue amendments within long-term crop monocultures on soil microbiome composition and pathogen suppression. Read more >>