Plant Pathology August 2019 eNews

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Plant Health 2019 meeting in Cleveland, Ohio (August 3-7), several current and former department members were recognized for their contributions to the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and to the field of plant pathology. 

News

Congratulations to Yanhong Dong, who was recently promoted from Assistant Research Professor to Associate Research Professor.  Yanhong earned her Ph.D. degree in Inorganic Chemistry at Nanjing University. She joined our department in 2002 as a Research Associate, leading the Mycotoxin Diagnostic Laboratory. 

Brown rot, caused by the fungi Monolinia fructicola and Monolinia laxa, is the most serious disease in plums, tart cherries, and apricots.

 Plant Disease Clinic at the University of Minnesota held a diagnostic workshop for oak wilt for visiting faculty, staff, and students from all over the country.

The annual meeting of the North Central APS North Central Division was held concurrently. The department was well represented at both! At least 15 faculty, postdocs, research staff, and graduate students attended.

The Mycological Society of America’s annual meeting was held in Minneapolis at the UMN campus. In addition to 3 days of symposia and presented papers, there were a number of socials and outreach programs.

Updates

Blanchette Lab Update for the summer of 2019. Lots of new research and exciting findings coming out of the forest pathology group. 

The Mycological Society of America’s annual meeting was held in Minneapolis at the UMN campus. In addition to 3 days of symposia and presented papers, there were a number of socials and outreach programs.

Kasia Duellman is an assistant professor in the Extension Department and a Seed Potato Specialist at the University of Idaho. Duellman’s research focuses on all aspects of seed potato production, with the overall goal of improving quality. Specific emphasis is on pathogens important to seed potato production and seed health and to seed-related aspects of commercial potato production. Her extension program focuses on providing relevant, timely, science-based, non-biased information to growers and the industry. Duellman received her B.S., Arizona State University, 1989, M.S., University of Minnesota, 1993, and Ph.D., North Dakota State University, 2015.