Departmental News

New research published by our researchers Diana Trujillo, Kevin Silverstein and Nevin Young investigating the role of PLAT proteins in symbiosis, potentially exploiting them to create more efficient nitrogen-fixing legumes. With this knowledge, scientists can now explore the role of PLAT proteins in symbiosis, potentially exploiting them to create more efficient nitrogen-fixing legumes. Scientists can also extend the new data-mining strategy developed by the team to discover other genes important in symbiosis and nitrogen fixation as well as other crop processes. Check out the article on this advancement.

In our second episode of the Breaking Protocol podcast we are joined by Professor Carol Ishimaru. In this episode she discusses: How she expresses her own creativity in her research, how collaborations with other scientists have helped her deal with setbacks in her research, and the how to be a better mentor and find mentor relationships. Listen >>

At the World Food Prize Dialogue, Matt Rouse was awarded the 2018 Borlaug Field Award. You can see the award ceremony via this Facebook live video. Read this blog post where Rouse discusses the impact of Ug-99, a devastating variety of wheat stem rust.

For the fall 2018 edition of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve's newsletter Field Notes, Linda Kinkel writes about the lab's research in microbes that suppress plant pathogens and make healthier, more productive plants, and in the microbial and plant-microbe species interactions that mediate microbiome composition. Read >>

Adjunct Assistant Professor Senait Senay has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) that will lead to the development of spatially explicit individual based pest dispersal simulation platform. She also is a co-PI on a recently awarded NSF project

Linda Kinkel is a collaborator on an $8 million grant from USDA-NIFA-SCRI over four years to research soil health as part of a team that brings together the research efforts of 10 universities. Read more >>

Tune into the new podcast from the department exploring and illuminating the scientific process, the trials and tribulations of the research journey, and how creativity can be found in science. Listen to hear plant scientists discuss their scientific journeys as well as their perspectives and philosophies about science and the scientific process. In the first episode, Jim Bradeen shares where his love of plants and science came from, where creativity in science is found, and how we can continue to grow as individuals and scientists. Listen now >>

New UMN research featured, including Professor Linda Kinkel, on the role plant-eating consumers (insects, rabbits, fungi, etc.) play in an ecosystem’s ability carry out key jobs like storing carbon and the role plants play in supporting these organisms and the others that depend on them. Read >>

Dean Malvick spoke on the IPM Podcast for Field Crops from Extension about the diseases that affected Minnesota's corn and soybean fields during 2018 and how growers can manage these in the future. Listen >>

On August 3, Jim Bradeen began a two-year appointment to the Council of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) as the Internal Communications Officer. As the Internal Communications Officer, Jim is charged with timely and transparent communications of APS priorities and Council activities with APS membership; promotion of APS priorities; and preparation and sharing of annual activities reports for APS Council, APS committees, and APS membership. Read more >>

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