Aurora Sporealis 2018
This department, our alumni, friends, and donors continue to deliver impacts that change people’s lives and feed the world. In addition to reading this issue of the Aurora Sporealis, hear about what the department has accomplished this year from Department Head Jim Bradeen.
Learn about two research projects having an impact internationally. We highlight Ben Lockhart's project investigating Maize Lethal Necrosis in Eastern African, and Pablo Olivera's project investigating Ug99 in Ethiopia, Germany and Kazakhstan.
The Plant Disease Clinic (PDC) has operated for 62 years under several formats and leadership styles. The common denominator, throughout time, is that the PDC offers public access to the myriad of expertise residing in the department.
Liam Genter's work aims to identify potential biocontrol agents from the native microbial community of bat hibernacula and develop biocontrol based strategies to combat White Nose Syndrome of bats.
Assistant Professor Cory Hirsch is using hyperspectral imaging to detect diseases such as sudden death syndrome (SDS) and brown stem rot, that affect farmers’ soybean yields, earlier before the naked eye can see them.
Hear from Cristina Toapanta about her research challenge to unveil the role of a fungus found throughout the rainforest in Yasuní National Park in Ecuador, its role in nutrient cycling in this ecosystem, and to what extent it is involved in the death of several tree species.