Twelve grad students, faculty and staff got together and shared a meal then learned how to make and can applesauce. Grace Anderson a lifelong canner and preserver lead the way. (Many images that tell the whole story with faces, action and equipment). Next event will be Ben Held who will teach the art of sourdough bread making. Read more >>
Deborah Samac and collaborators were awarded $250,00 from NIFA-Alfalfa and Forage Research program to investigate the epidemiology and genetic resistance in alfalfa to bacterial stem blight caused by Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae. The grant will support a graduate student and undergraduate research. Students interested in the project should apply to the Plant Pathology graduate program. Read more >>
Ph.D. candidate Andrew Sathoff recently accepted a community faculty position at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. He will be teaching an introductory biology course and laboratory to a small class of 25 students. Also, this spring, he will be completing the Preparing Future Faculty Program through the Center for Educational Innovation at the University of Minnesota. This program concludes with a teaching practicum, which he will fulfill at Hamline University under the guidance of Dr. Betsy Martinez-Vaz. Andrew will teach several class sessions in Dr. Martinez-Vaz’s microbiology course and observe faculty activities throughout the semester. Read more >>
We have had a busy year! We continue to focus on the ecology and evolutionary biology of plant microbiomes, and the development of novel strategies for enhancing plant health and productivity in cropping systems. Read more >>
A new paper out in FUNGI Magazine by Bob Blanchette explores extraordinary masks made from polypores and used in Shamanic rituals by the Indigenous People of North America and Asia. Fungi used, such as Laricifomes officinalis (Agarikon) and Ganoderma, are known to have medicinal properties and the Shaman used these in displays of supernatural power to ward off evil and to cure the sick. Read more >>
In late September Linda Kinkel was invited to speak at the Science Protecting Plant Health conference in Brisbane, Australia. Kinkel was invited to give two seminars. One titled "Diffuse symbioses: competition, coevolution, and pathogen suppression in the rhizosphere" (the final plenary of the conference) and another other titled "Interaction networks shed light on the ecology and evolution of soil microbiomes" (this was a keynote invited talk to open the session on soil health).
On September 26, alumnus Blake Webster (M.S. 2016) began a new job as a Research and Development Specialist with Syngenta in Iowa. Read more >>
Dr. Eshetu Derso Kidanu, Director of Crops Research for the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, visited the Department of Plant Pathology and presented the seminar "Economically important plant diseases and their management in Ethiopia" on Monday October 16. Dr. Eshetu was hosted by Matt Rouse as part of the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat project.