Plant Pathology News

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 >>

The Samac lab is part of the USDA-ARS-Plant Science Research Unit (PSRU) and has a broad portfolio of alfalfa research projects. Learn about the many exciting new research projects as well as lab, greenhouse, and field experiment work from this year. Read more >>

Linda KinkelCorby Kistler, and Sarah Castle received a NIFA competitive grant “Developing Predictive Understanding of Management Effects on Microbiome Composition, Microbial Interactions, and Pathogen Suppression in Soil”. This three-year, $499,987 project will explore the effects of nitrogen and residue amendments within long-term crop monocultures on soil microbiome composition and pathogen suppression. Read more >>

As Research Leader with USDA-ARS, alumnus Bob Bowden's (M.S. 1981) research is focused on resistance to wheat stripe rust, leaf rust, and stem rust and discovering useful new resistance genes in wheat wild relatives and cultivars. Read more >>

The department remembers Roy D. Wilcoxson, an alumnus and Professor with the Department of Plant Pathology. Roy contributed greatly to the department in teaching, research and administration during his tenure as a faculty member. Roy worked on a number of different crops (corn, forage legumes, grasses, wheat, barley, and oat) and pathogens (ascomycetous and basidiomycetous fungi, bacteria, and viruses) during his career, and was widely known as an expert in cereal pathology. Read more about his contributions to science and the department >>

On April 18, Senait Senay began her appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor. Her research focuses on developing and enhancing spatial models that can be used to predict the distribution of agricultural pests and diseases as well as research on interactions between these pests, their hosts and the environment. Learn more about Senay here

Learn about new research from the Kistler Lab which expands ways to control head blight and vomitoxin accumulation by the discovery of new sources of plant resistance that could be replicated in agricultural crops. Read more >>

Learn all about the past year in research from the Chanda Lab. Current research topics include the development of integrated management strategies for Rhizoctonia, developing a soil DNA-based test for predicting the Rhizoctonia inoculum potential in sugarbeet fields, and more. Read more >>

On April 30th, Adam Bogdanove, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section at Cornell University was awarded the 2017 E.C. Stakman Award. There was a short ceremony followed by a research presentation by Bogdanove "DNA targeting in plants by bacterial TAL effectors: pointing the way to disease resistance." Learn more about Bogdanove >>