Alumni Spotlight: Collaborating with MDA to Solve Plant Disease Problems
For Plant Pathology Alumna Kathy Kromroy (M.S. 1982, Ph.D. 1999), her work as a research plant pathologist in the plant protection unit of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture extends far beyond conducting research on the different crop groups and pathogens prevalent throughout Minnesota. Kromroy has fostered an inter-institutional relationship between the Department of Plant Pathology, other University partners (University of Minnesota Extension and the Plant Disease Clinic) and the MDA, generating new collaborations that solve plant disease problems across the state.
Kromroy has worked with extension educators, researchers and diagnosticians at the University of Minnesota to survey for invasive pathogens and educate the public about how to identify and respond to emerging disease issues. Kromroy is also a key member of the First Detector program teaching volunteers how to identify invasive forest pests and pathogens in Minnesota.
As a result of Kromroy's efforts to share information with Plant Pathology, work with stakeholders in a collaborative manner, and assess concerns about emerging and invasive diseases, she was awarded Plant Pathology’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2015.