Plant Pathology News

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 >>

The Department of Plant Pathology continues to cultivate and leverage diversity as a mission-critical resource and to work toward inclusion and equity for all students and employees. Recently, the department adopted a new aspirational statement on diversity, inclusion, and equity. The statement underscores our principles and goals and was developed through comprehensive consultation with all current department members. Read more >>

Teasing apart the partnership between nitrogen-fixing bacteria and their plant hosts in a natural setting is now possible, thanks to a novel new approach. Learn more about this recently published research co-authored by Distinguished McKnight Professor Nevin Young in PNAS.

Campus-wide elections were conducted between March 5 and 7, and plant pathology graduate student, Deepak Haarith, was elected for the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) University Senate seat, with 66% of all votes polled. The position has a tenure of one year starting on July 1. Read more >>

University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Horticulture Michelle Grabowski provides some tips for how you can grow healthy seedlings for your garden and prevent seedling damping off. Read more >>

 Professor Melania Figueroa and a consortium of collaborators at the University of Minnesota and partner institutions will examine the contributions of sexual recombination, mutation and other factors to the extreme variability and rapid virulence evolution of P. coronata f. sp. avenae. Read more >>

Director of the Plant Disease Clinic Brett Arenz provides instructions on how you can select a high-quality sample for testing, and also how you can mail a sample to the Plant Disease Clinic. Watch >>

Alumna Mag McDermott (M.S. 2016) has joined the University of Arizona as a senior research specialist in the Valley Fever Center for Excellence.  Read more >>

In January of this year, Ruth Dill-Macky stepped into a new leadership role as the researcher co-chair of the United States Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative (USWBSI). Dill-Macky takes over this role from David Van Sanford (University of Kentucky) who served as the researcher co-chair of the USWBSI for over a decade. Dill-Macky has been part of USWBSI since its inception and on the executive committee since 2000. Read more >>