Departmental News

On April 30th the department celebrated the amazing work of our faculty, staff, and students with our annual awards day. This year the department awarded a total of $15,910 and recognized 26 award recipients. The day not only included an awards ceremony but also featured two undergraduate research presentations and around 10 research posters were presented. Read more >>

On April 20, Don and Sandy Henry were awarded the CFANS Alumni Society's Outstanding Friend Award at the Borealis Night of Excellence. We thank them for all they have done to support CFANS, the Department of Plant Pathology and preserve Dr. Borlaug’s legacy. Read more>>

The Department of Plant Pathology continues to cultivate and leverage diversity as a mission-critical resource and to work toward inclusion and equity for all students and employees. Recently, the department adopted a new aspirational statement on diversity, inclusion, and equity. The statement underscores our principles and goals and was developed through comprehensive consultation with all current department members. Read more >>

Teasing apart the partnership between nitrogen-fixing bacteria and their plant hosts in a natural setting is now possible, thanks to a novel new approach. Learn more about this recently published research co-authored by Distinguished McKnight Professor Nevin Young in PNAS.

Campus-wide elections were conducted between March 5 and 7, and plant pathology graduate student, Deepak Haarith, was elected for the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) University Senate seat, with 66% of all votes polled. The position has a tenure of one year starting on July 1. Read more >>

University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Horticulture Michelle Grabowski provides some tips for how you can grow healthy seedlings for your garden and prevent seedling damping off. Read more >>

 Professor Melania Figueroa and a consortium of collaborators at the University of Minnesota and partner institutions will examine the contributions of sexual recombination, mutation and other factors to the extreme variability and rapid virulence evolution of P. coronata f. sp. avenae. Read more >>

Linda Kinkel traveled to Uruguay in February to work on collaborative research focusing on soil health in agricultural production systems with plant pathology alumni Nora Altier, Patricia Vaz-Jauri, and Carlos Perez.  Read more >>

Director of the Plant Disease Clinic Brett Arenz provides instructions on how you can select a high-quality sample for testing, and also how you can mail a sample to the Plant Disease Clinic. Watch >>

Alumna Mag McDermott (M.S. 2016) has joined the University of Arizona as a senior research specialist in the Valley Fever Center for Excellence.  Read more >>

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