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Offered an agricultural internship, Justin Stanton of Detroit Lakes got pretty adventurous – he undertook a two-month-long internship in Uruguay.
Plant Pathology Assistant Professor Madeleine Smith advises growers that frequent scouting and proper variety selection are key to staying ahead of wheat diseases.
Plant Pathology Graduate Student Josh Havill talks about his research on hops diseases in Minnesota on the Trellis to Table podcast.
Hops, turfgrass, and tomatoes are all areas of focus for Assistant Professor Angela Orshinsky's research. Learn more about her research and outreach with University of Minnesota Extension, as well as how she got involved with plant pathology.
"Over the past 20 years, [Plant Pathology Professor Senyu Chen has worked with UMN Agronomy and Plant Genetics Professor and Minnesota soybean breeder Jim Orf and UMN [Plant Pathology] Professor of Plant Genomics and Disease Resistance Nevin Young to develop Minnesota-adapted soybean varieties with stable SCN resistance combined with traits important to growers – things like yield, high protein, iron chlorosis tolerance, resistance to other diseases and pests, Roundup tolerance and food-type beans."
Plant Pathology Assistant Professor Angela Orshinsky talking about effective ways to reduce environmental impacts while also saving on labor associated with dollar spot management in the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents' Association's publication Hole Notes.
Dr. Angela Orshinsky's research hopes to provide an answer to whether wild hops have disease-resistance traits that could potentially keep plants like a Midwestern hops variety Northern Discovery and others flourishing. “This is particularly important for downy mildew and powdery mildew as these two diseases cause major losses in hop yards, and the Midwest environment is extremely conducive to downy mildew and powdery mildew disease development,” she explained to The Growler Magazine.
Plant Pathology's Dean Malvick spoke to Agrinews about prevalent diseases that may get in the way of corn harvest.
"Goss's Leaf Blight is a relatively new disease in the state. This bacterial pathogen wasn't on the radar before 2009 when it showed up near Morris and Hastings, Malvick said. Now it is scattered across Minnesota and popping up in new fields every year".
Professor Bob Blanchette tells the story of a fungal fruiting body on the cover of Fungi Magazine that truly is "A Rare Wonder of the Fungal World" you have to see for yourself.
From 30 June to 2 July, more than 200 researchers, including Department of Plant Pathology's Linda Kinkel, gathered in Washington DC for the first meeting of the Phytobiomes Initiative, an ambitious proposal to catalogue and characterize a plant’s most intimate associates and their impact on agriculture.