Plant Pathology at the 2018 NCAPS Meeting

July 2, 2018

The Department of Plant Pathology at NCAPS 2018

Departmental participants in the NCAPS 2018 meeting in Fargo, ND. From left to right: graduate student Nickolas Rajtar, Professor Jim Kurle, graduate student Pratibha Sharma, Professor Dean Malvick, staff scientist Crystal Floyd, graduate student Deepak Haarith, graduate student Alissa Geske, Professor Jim Bradeen, Professor Ashok Chanda, graduate student Mala Ganiger, and graduate student Eric Nazareno. Staff scientist Grace Anderson (not shown) also participated in the meeting.

The department had a strong showing at the North Central American Phytopathological Society (NCAPS) meeting in Fargo, ND June 12-14. This regional meeting, which rotates between institutions and was organized this year by NDSU, is a great place to connect with other plant pathologists working towards similar plant health goals. This year’s meeting featured a series of graduate student talks, a poster session, a visit to an apiary and meadery, and a banquet at a local pool hall. Lots of science and good conversation were shared by all. Graduate student Deepak Haarith gave the oral presentation, Exploring natural fungal antagonists of soybean cyst nematodes (Heterodera glycines) for biological control, on his graduate research. Several attendees from the department also presented research posters. A special congratulations to graduate student Eric Nazareno, who received an NCAPS Travel Award to attend the meeting.