Departmental News

Approximately 125 plant pathologists from across the Midwest convened in St. Paul earlier this month (June 7-9) as part of the American Phytopathological Society’s North Central (NCAPS) regional meeting. Read more>>

Dr. Jose Pablo (JP) Dundore-Arias was recently awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology. This program supports a 2-year research and training plan proposed by the Fellow. Dundore-Arias will work in the laboratory of Dr. Linda Kinkel in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota. Read more >>

Plant Pathology Graduate Students Josh Kielsmeier-Cook and Austin Case were awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF). Read more >>

Plant Pathology Assistant Professor Melania Figueroa and co-investigators Cory Hirsch, Plant Pathology Assistant Professor, and Chad Myers, Computer Science and Engineering Associate Professor, were awarded the Microbial and Plant Genome Institute (MPGI) 2016 Seed Grant for their project proposal entitled “Identification of gene networks to understand stem rust susceptibility in wheat.” 

On Thursday, March 3rd the Department of Plant Pathology held a celebration for the establishment of the Dr. Yue Jin Fund for International Graduate Students in Plant Pathology. This fund was established by Dr. Yue Jin in 2015 to provide support for international graduate students in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences who are studying plant pathology and are in the United States on a temporary student visa.

Plant Pathology M.S. Student Justin Stanton used a ten-week internship in Uruguay to learn more about pathogens of wheat and to experience the local culture, climate, language, and agriculture

On January 4, 2016, the Department of Plant Pathology welcomed Dr. Cory Hirsch as Assistant Professor of Plant Stress Resistance Biology. Read more >>

Plant Pathology graduate student Kat Sweeney is researching the mechanisms used by brown rot fungi during wood decomposition in order to discover ways to potentially utilize these mechanisms for biofuel production. Read more >>

Plant Pathology Assistant Professor Melania Figueroa was recently awarded a fellowship from the Cooperative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems” at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This fellowship will allow Figueroa to spend ten weeks working on her research project "Uncovering the genetic basis of virulence in Puccinia coronata via an intercontinental comparative genomics approach" at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra, Australia.  Read more >>

Graduate student Lauren Jackson is drawn to plant pathology because he is committed to making a difference by improving agricultural productivity and biotechnological processes to address food security and climate change. Read more >>

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