Plant Pathology May 2017 eNews


The Blanchette Lab has created educational videos about Heterobasidion root disease, its impact, and how to prevent and manage it in pine plantations. The first video includes forest pathologist Ben Held discussing background information about the disease and how to identify the pathogen. Watch the video>>


Plant Pathology Alumnus Ben MillettAs a Research Scientist in the Data Science & Informatics Department at DuPont Pioneer, alumnus Ben Millett (Ph.D. 2008) creates user-friendly interfaces to the models with which the breeders and other research scientists can interact. The overall goal of this is to use predictions to inform advancement decisions and prescribe the right management practices. Read more>>

Plant Pathology Professor Ben LockhartThe plant virology lab continues to be a vibrant hub of activity including several students, new projects, grants, talks, and publications. Learn more about research, teaching, and other projects from the Lockhart lab. 


We are delighted to welcome Dr. Pablo Olivera Firpo to the Plant Pathology Faculty.  Pablo was appointed Research Assistant Professor beginning Monday, May 1.  Pablo's appointment is made following an extensive evaluation process by the Plant Pathology faculty and CFANS Deans. Read more>>

Congrats to alumnus Dave Rizzo (Ph.D. 1993) for being awarded the 2017 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. This award is funded through philanthropic gifts managed by the UC Davis Foundation and, at $45,000, it is believed to be the largest recognition of its kind in the nation! Read more>>

Plant Pathology 3 Minute Thesis CompetitionOn April 21st the department held its first ever 3 Minute Thesis Competition. The goal of this competition is to get students to translate their research and its importance for a general audience, all in 3 minutes or less! Read more and find out who the winner was. 

UMN Extension Educator Michelle Grabowski provides tips on how you can start the growing season out right and grow healthy seedlings.  Read more>>


On April 28 the department celebrated another year of amazing work by the faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends. The department awarded a total of $11,397 between 29 award recipients. Look to next month's eNews to learn more about this year's many winners.