Alumni News

As Research Leader with USDA-ARS, alumnus Bob Bowden's (M.S. 1981) research is focused on resistance to wheat stripe rust, leaf rust, and stem rust and discovering useful new resistance genes in wheat wild relatives and cultivars. Read more >>

The department remembers Roy D. Wilcoxson, an alumnus and Professor with the Department of Plant Pathology. Roy contributed greatly to the department in teaching, research and administration during his tenure as a faculty member. Roy worked on a number of different crops (corn, forage legumes, grasses, wheat, barley, and oat) and pathogens (ascomycetous and basidiomycetous fungi, bacteria, and viruses) during his career, and was widely known as an expert in cereal pathology. Read more about his contributions to science and the department >>

As Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada alumnus Brent McCallum's (Ph.D. 1995) research is focused on various aspects of wheat diseases including discovering new sources of resistance, determining the genetics of resistance, molecular mapping, marker development and incorporating resistance into new wheat cultivars. Read more about McCallum in this month's alumni spotlight >>

Alumna Mag McDermott (M.S. 2016) has joined the University of Arizona as a senior research specialist in the Valley Fever Center for Excellence.  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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Kira Bowen (Ph.D. 1983), Professor of Plant Pathology at Auburn University, was recently named a 2017 Outstanding Alumni by the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University. Also, Bowen was featured in this year's Aurora SporealisRead more >>

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 >>

Last month, Pablo Olivera visited Ethiopia to participate as a trainer at the Wheat Rust Pathology Training organized by the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) Project at Cornell University and the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research (EIAR). In collaboration with local and international scientists, Pablo was involved in developing and implementing a five days theoretical and practical training on wheat rusts. Read more >>

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