Plant Pathology September 2017 eNews


Deborah A. Samac, discusses how to cross pollinate alfalfa flowers for greenhouse seed production. Samac is a Research Leader and USDA-ARS-Research Geneticist, as well as an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota. Watch >>


Nevin Young and his colleagues use DNA sequencing technology to discover genes that enable plants and microbes to form symbiotic relationships. His lab focuses on legumes (the family comprising species such as soybean, pea and alfalfa) with a special interest in their symbiotic association with rhizobial bacteria, a relationship that leads to the formation of root nodules and biological nitrogen fixation. Get an update on happenings in the Young lab >>


Historic memories of E.C. Stakman were abundant at a recent celebration for Garrett Beier who recently passed his Ph.D. thesis defense. Read more >>

As Senior Researcher and Professor at Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA) Uruguay (National Institute for Agricultural Research), alumna Nora Altier's research is focused on developing bio-protection programs to minimize the impact of diseases and pests on forages, field and horticultural crops, and forest ecosystems and provide professional development opportunities for graduate students at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. Read more about our 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award winner. Read more >>

Nine researchers were the beneficiaries of the first-ever U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative (USAFRI), a farmer-funded investment in alfalfa-related research. Among the recipients was Adjunct Professor Deborah Samac for the proposal "Enhancing Alfalfa Yields and Stand Life by Improving Management of Seed Rot and Seedling Damping Off."