Departmental News

On May 3rd the department celebrated the work of our faculty, staff, and students with our annual awards day. The day not only included an awards ceremony but also featured two undergraduate research presentations. Here is a list of this year's winners:

starting at 7 pm
Bell Museum, Nucleus
SciPride celebrates the scientific contributions of the UMN LGBTQA community.  We will hear a series of short scientific presentations that illustrate our impact on food, agriculture, and natural resource sciences. Congratulations to the students, postdocs, and staff presenting this year and Happy Pride!

On May 30th, 2019 we celebrated the retirement of Carol Ishimaru. Carol has been an esteemed member of the University of Minnesota for 15 years, and she will be greatly missed by students and colleagues alike. 

The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota is searching for an outstanding candidate to fill a faculty position in the area of plant-associated bacteria, focusing on bacterial plant diseases and the use of modern techniques to study bacteria and their interactions with plants and plant microbiomes.  This position is a nine-month, 50% research and 50% teaching, tenure track appointment at the rank of assistant professor.

For more information and to apply, please visit the job posting found here or visit and search Job ID 330691.  

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.

Marty Carson was from Arcola IL, and was an undergraduate at Eastern Illinois University, and obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in plant pathology at the University of Illinois. Marty was on the faculty at South Dakota State University for eight years and then joined the USDA-ARS Plant Science Research group at Raleigh NC in 1989. In Raleigh, Marty became well known for his research on many different maize diseases.

Congratulations to all of our students on all that you have accomplished! Remember the past, live in the present and look forward to the future.

Grant Czadzeck joined the department as a Communications & Relations Coordinator. For the past 5 years, Grant has been the Digital Media Manager for the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois. He has also created video content with the online blog and podcast In Defense of Plants where they have made over 100 videos focused on botany and ecology.

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


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