In Memory: Marty Carson

May 14, 2019

Marty Carson Photo
Borlaug Global Rust Initiative

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. In 2002 Marty accepted the Research Leader position for the USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory (CDL) in St. Paul MN. His research at the CDL focused on characterizing durable adult plant resistance to crown rust in oat, and variation in populations of the crown rust fungus Puccinia coronata. In recognition of his research accomplishments, Marty was named as a fellow of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) in 2009. Marty was active in APS, serving as associate editor and senior editor of Phytopathology and as a member of the host resistance committee.

Marty's scientific expertise will be greatly missed.