Plant Pathology News

Alan Pierce worked in the department as a scientist on the nematology project with Dr. David McDonald from 1974 through 1990. Alan passed away on July 27, 2018 in Austin, Texas. His humor and storytelling, as well as dedication to the mission of the department, were legendary. He will always be remembered fondly, which is his greatest legacy. Read more >>

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 >>

Melania Figueroa was awarded the 2018 Syngenta Award from the American Phytopathological Society (APS). This award is given by Syngenta Crop Protection to an APS member for an outstanding recent contribution to teaching, research, or extension in plant pathology. Read more >>

Grace Anderson, Brett Arenz and Dean Herzfeld were all recognized at the 2018 College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences College Assembly as winners of collegiate awards. Read more >>

As Plant Pathologist with the USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory alumnus Jim Kolmer's (M.S. 1982) work focuses on the population genetics and biology of the wheat leaf rust pathogen, Puccinia triticina in the U.S. and worldwide. Read more >>

Ph.D. student Eric Nazareno was one of the eight graduate students awarded with the 2018 MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures (GFV) Fellowship. Eric’s research involves identifying new sources of genetic resistance against crown rust, a widespread disease in oat caused by the fungus Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae. He uses bi-parental linkage mapping and genome-wide association to locate quantitative trait loci linked to disease resistance in wild and cultivated species of oat. Read more >>

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