Plant Pathology News

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.

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. 

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. 

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced that Dr.
Brian Steffenson, Professor and Lieberman-Okinow Endowed Chair of Cereal Disease Research at the
University of Minnesota, is the 2019 recipient of the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award.
Steffenson is receiving the award for his renowned international agriculture research as well as his career-
long commitment to helping put his research into practice across the globe.

The bacterial canker pathogen is spread long distances and introduced to new areas through infected seed or transplants. The disease easily spreads between seedlings in a transplant production greenhouse through workers' hands, equipment, and pruning and clipping of transplants, so one infected seed can potentially result in many infected transplants, through which the disease can become established in high tunnels or fields.

Resent travel of students and faculty to SON Annual Meeting 2019, ICMPMI meeting, and more. It has been a busy summer! 


Congratulations to Crystal Langeberg and Marina McCuskey for being awarded the Finance and budget award during the 2019 CFANS Finance and Budget ‘FAB’ Awards

The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota requests nominations for the E.C. Stakman
Award. The award is granted to individuals of any country and nationality for outstanding achievements in plant

The past 12 months have brought significant recognition for our students, staff, and faculty. In addition to nearly $25,000 in departmental awards supporting our mission (thank you, donors!), our students, staff, and faculty have earned university and national awards, underscoring their talents, passion, and accomplishments.