Plant Pathology News

The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota is searching for an outstanding candidate to fill a faculty position in the area of plant-associated bacteria, focusing on bacterial plant diseases and the use of modern techniques to study bacteria and their interactions with plants and plant microbiomes.  This position is a nine-month, 50% research and 50% teaching, tenure track appointment at the rank of assistant professor.

For more information and to apply, please visit the job posting found here or visit and search Job ID 330691.  

New research published by our researchers Diana Trujillo, Kevin Silverstein and Nevin Young investigating the role of PLAT proteins in symbiosis, potentially exploiting them to create more efficient nitrogen-fixing legumes. With this knowledge, scientists can now explore the role of PLAT proteins in symbiosis, potentially exploiting them to create more efficient nitrogen-fixing legumes. Scientists can also extend the new data-mining strategy developed by the team to discover other genes important in symbiosis and nitrogen fixation as well as other crop processes. Check out the article on this advancement.

Marty Carson was from Arcola IL, and was an undergraduate at Eastern Illinois University, and obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in plant pathology at the University of Illinois. Marty was on the faculty at South Dakota State University for eight years and then joined the USDA-ARS Plant Science Research group at Raleigh NC in 1989. In Raleigh, Marty became well known for his research on many different maize diseases.

Congratulations to all of our students on all that you have accomplished! Remember the past, live in the present and look forward to the future.

Grant Czadzeck joined the department as a Communications & Relations Coordinator. For the past 5 years, Grant has been the Digital Media Manager for the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois. He has also created video content with the online blog and podcast In Defense of Plants where they have made over 100 videos focused on botany and ecology.

In our second episode of the Breaking Protocol podcast we are joined by Professor Carol Ishimaru. In this episode she discusses: How she expresses her own creativity in her research, how collaborations with other scientists have helped her deal with setbacks in her research, and the how to be a better mentor and find mentor relationships. Listen >>

At the World Food Prize Dialogue, Matt Rouse was awarded the 2018 Borlaug Field Award. You can see the award ceremony via this Facebook live video. Read this blog post where Rouse discusses the impact of Ug-99, a devastating variety of wheat stem rust.

For the fall 2018 edition of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve's newsletter Field Notes, Linda Kinkel writes about the lab's research in microbes that suppress plant pathogens and make healthier, more productive plants, and in the microbial and plant-microbe species interactions that mediate microbiome composition. Read >>

Adjunct Assistant Professor Senait Senay has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) that will lead to the development of spatially explicit individual based pest dispersal simulation platform. She also is a co-PI on a recently awarded NSF project

Linda Kinkel is a collaborator on an $8 million grant from USDA-NIFA-SCRI over four years to research soil health as part of a team that brings together the research efforts of 10 universities. Read more >>