Departmental News

Congratulations to graduate student Deepak Haarith for receiving the Sigma Xi Drs. Charles and Dorothy Bird Award and a MnDrive Global Food Ventures Fellowship. Read more >>

The E.C. Stakman Award is granted to individuals of any country and nationality for outstanding achievements in plant pathology. The award may be given for documented achievements in the areas of research, teaching, outreach, international development or for any combination of these areas. Preference will be given to candidates actively engaged in these areas; only occasionally will lifetime achievement awards be considered. Information on past E.C. Stakman Award winners can be found at the Department of Plant Pathology webpage. Read more >>

Vergel Concibido was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus award from the Department of Plant Pathology. His former advisor Nevin Young nominated Vergel for this award. Read more >>

Bob Blanchette writes about an amazing ganoderma with a fascinating history for Fungi Magazine. Historic Wonders of the Fungal World: the evil demon hand and Fungus digitatus. Read more >>

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Pablo Olivera Firpo to the Plant Pathology Faculty.  Pablo was appointed Research Assistant Professor beginning Monday, May 1.  Pablo's appointment is made following an extensive evaluation process by the Plant Pathology faculty and CFANS Deans. Read more>>

The Blanchette Lab has created educational videos about Heterobasidion root disease, its impact, and how to prevent and manage it in pine plantations. The first video includes forest pathologist Ben Held discussing background information about the disease and how to identify the pathogen. Watch the video>>

Plant Pathology 3 Minute Thesis CompetitionOn April 21st the department held its first ever 3 Minute Thesis Competition. The goal of this competition is to get students to translate their research and its importance for a general audience, all in 3 minutes or less! Read more and find out who the winner was. 

On April 28 the department celebrated another year of amazing work by the faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends. The department awarded a total of $11,397 between 29 award recipients. Look to next month's eNews to learn more about this year's many winners. 

Plant Pathology Professor Ben LockhartThe plant virology lab continues to be a vibrant hub of activity including several students, new projects, grants, talks, and publications. Learn more about research, teaching, and other projects from the Lockhart lab. 

At its recent 2016 annual national meeting in Roanoke, VA, the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE) named associate Extension professor Dean Herzfeld as Fellow. Read more >>


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