Plant Pathology News

In the race to prevent and control rust disease epidemics, scientists have positioned themselves to better understand how rust fungi infect crops and evolve virulence. Learn more about this recently published research in mBio, a journal by the American Society for Microbiology. Read more >>

Linda Kinkel traveled to Uruguay in February to work on collaborative research focusing on soil health in agricultural production systems with plant pathology alumni Nora Altier, Patricia Vaz-Jauri, and Carlos Perez.  Read more >>

On January 11 the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment (IonE) hosted “Speaking Science”, an all day symposium designed to help scientists build skills for public engagement beyond our technical communities. Read more >>

Professor Emeritus Richard Zeyen (1971-2008) and Mrs. Delores Huebner (former Administrator in the Department of Plant Pathology, 1984-2000) meet at the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA), Arizona West Valley Chapter’s January 18, 2018 meeting. Read more >>

Brian Steffenson's research on winter-hardy barley is featured by the Growler magazine. Read more >>

Grace Anderson was recently featured in a story by the College of Continuing & Professional Studies, where she shared her path to plant pathology, her passion for plant science, and advice for future students. Read more >>

For the first time ever, scientists are gaining ground in the race against wheat stem rust, a pathogen that threatens global food security because of its ability to kill wheat. A team of researchers from the University of Sydney, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Rothamsted Research, the University of Minnesota and USDA have discovered the first rust virulence molecule that wheat plants detect to ‘switch on’ built-in resistance and stave off the disease. Departmental collaborators on this publication include: Feng LiBrian SteffensonYue JinMelania Figueroa, and Peter Dodds. Read more >>

Linda Kinkel shares her experience as an invited speaker at National Taiwan University in Taipei, National Chung-Hsing University in Taichung, and National Chiayi University in Chiayi. Kinkel, along with Jacque Fletcher from Oklahoma State University presented information on the Phytobiomes Initiative, as well as on their research, career paths, and other elements related to the initiative, including pathways to commercialization and science communication. Read more >>

For the first time ever, scientists are gaining ground in the race against wheat stem rust, a pathogen that threatens global food security because of its ability to kill wheat. A team of researchers from the University of Sydney, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Rothamsted Research, the University of Minnesota and USDA have discovered the first rust virulence molecule that wheat plants detect to ‘switch on’ built-in resistance and stave off the disease. Read more >>

Professor Emeritus Richard Zeyen was granted a 2017 University of Minnesota’s Alumni Association’s Service Award. It was presented to him by University President, Eric W. Kaler in a ceremony on October 19, 2017 at the Commons Hotel on the Minneapolis Campus. The award recognizes the service of a volunteer who has had a major impact on the University, its schools, colleges, departments, or faculty. Read more >>

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