Plant Pathology July 2018 eNews


The IPM Podcast for Field Crops, sponsored by the UMN Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program featured the Plant Disease Clinic in this episode. Director of the Plant Disease Clinic Brett Arenz discussed the clinic’s operations, sample preparation and disease diagnosis. Listen >>


The department had a strong showing at the North Central American Phytopathological Society (NCAPS) meeting in Fargo, ND June 12-14. Read more >>

Alumnus Austin Case (Ph.D. 2017) will begin a new position as a barley breeder for Anheuser-Busch, focusing on spring and winter two-rowed malting barley for North America. The position will be based in Fort Collins, CO and will specifically focus on breeding for malting quality, disease resistance, and winter hardiness.

Michelle Grabowski, Bob Blanchette and Nevin Young visited a rare and beautiful American chestnut tree in St. Anthony Park near the St. Paul Campus. While nearly all American chestnuts were wiped out by Cryphonectria parasitica, the fungus that causes chestnut blight, in the first half of the 20th Century, it seems the 20-30 years old tree has done comparatively well despite symptoms of blight. Read more >>

Recently Bob Blanchette was at the University of Florida for a Ph.D. dissertation defense and met with Jason Smith and Zane Grabau, two departmental alumni now on the faculty at the University of Florida. Read more >>