Plant Pathology News

Twelve grad students, faculty and staff got together and shared a meal then learned how to make and can applesauce. Grace Anderson a lifelong canner and preserver lead the way. (Many images that tell the whole story with faces, action and equipment). Next event will be Ben Held who will teach the art of sourdough bread making. Read more >>

Deborah Samac and collaborators were awarded $250,00 from NIFA-Alfalfa and Forage Research program to investigate the epidemiology and genetic resistance in alfalfa to bacterial stem blight caused by Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae. The grant will support a graduate student and undergraduate research. Students interested in the project should apply to the Plant Pathology graduate program. Read more >>

Ph.D. candidate Andrew Sathoff recently accepted a community faculty position at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. He will be teaching an introductory biology course and laboratory to a small class of 25 students. Also, this spring, he will be completing the Preparing Future Faculty Program through the Center for Educational Innovation at the University of Minnesota. This program concludes with a teaching practicum, which he will fulfill at Hamline University under the guidance of Dr. Betsy Martinez-Vaz. Andrew will teach several class sessions in Dr. Martinez-Vaz’s microbiology course and observe faculty activities throughout the semester. Read more >>

We have had a busy year! We continue to focus on the ecology and evolutionary biology of plant microbiomes, and the development of novel strategies for enhancing plant health and productivity in cropping systems. Read more >>

A new paper out in FUNGI Magazine by Bob Blanchette explores extraordinary masks made from polypores and used in Shamanic rituals by the Indigenous People of North America and Asia. Fungi used, such as Laricifomes officinalis (Agarikon) and Ganoderma, are known to have medicinal properties and the Shaman used these in displays of supernatural power to ward off evil and to cure the sick. Read more >>

In January, Jonathan Schilling will assume the role of Director at the Itasca Biological Station & Laboratories at the University of Minnesota. He has been faculty at the University of Minnesota in CFANS the Department of Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering (BBE) since 2006, and adjunct in Plant Pathology (PLPA) since 2007. He will remain adjunct in PLPA, but the new position home is in the Plant & Microbial Biology (PMB) department in the College of Biological Sciences. Read more >>

Plant pathology Ph.D. students Zennah Kosgey and Deepak Haarith share why they chose the University of Minnesota's Department of Plant Pathology for graduate studies. Watch the videos >>

The Steffenson lab is involved in a number of different research projects on barley and wheat. Learn more about African stem rust race TTKSK and other rust resistance research happening throughout the lab. Read more >>

In late September Linda Kinkel was invited to speak at the Science Protecting Plant Health conference in Brisbane, Australia. Kinkel was invited to give two seminars. One titled "Diffuse symbioses: competition, coevolution, and pathogen suppression in the rhizosphere" (the final plenary of the conference) and another other titled "Interaction networks shed light on the ecology and evolution of soil microbiomes" (this was a keynote invited talk to open the session on soil health).

On September 26, alumnus Blake Webster (M.S. 2016) began a new job as a Research and Development Specialist with Syngenta in Iowa. Read more >>