News

New article from PhD student José E. Solórzano brings attention to an emerging fungal disease of soybean

José co-authored a magazine article about taproot decline, caused by Xylaria necrophora, during his time at LSU.


Deborah Samac Wins 2022 USDA-ARS Research Leader/Center Director of the Year

Samac won the award on April 5, 2022 after being selected by her supervisors and peers. 


A Send-Off for Jim Bradeen

April 1, 2022

After 20 years of service to the University of Minnesota, and eight years as Department Head, Jim Bradeen PhD is moving on to a new role in Colorado. PLPA gathered to thank him and celebrate all he's done here.


UMN researchers collaborate to find "blockbuster" stem rust resistance

March 25, 2022

Brian Steffenson and Pablo Olivera of UMN, along with researchers from the John Innes Centre and the Sainsbury Laboratory, have found remarkable disease resistance in an obscure wild grass that can be crossbred into wheat to give immunity from stem rust.


495 Borlaug Hall Closed for Renovation

The Plant Pathology departmental main office will be closed from March 21st until the end of May while it gets some much-needed upgrades. 


Austin Lien Awarded Alan Dexter Scholarship

January 11, 2022

Graduate student Austin Lien was awarded the Alan Dexter scholarship at the 52nd annual Sugar Reporting Session in Fargo.


Start of a Winning Streak: Regional Bacterial Leaf Streak Meeting Co-founded by Rebecca Curland

Curland and Jonathan Jacobs (OSU) co-organized the first-ever Regional Bacterial Leaf Streak Meeting with the goal of developing a collaborative, multidisciplinary space for BLS research and education.


Olivera, Steffenson receive 2022 National Awards from American Phytopathological Society (APS)

Pablo Olivera Firpo, PhD, is receiving the Excellence in International Service Award. Brian Steffenson, PhD, is being named an APS Fellow.


Mitch Ritzinger Passes Master's Defense

Congratulations, Mitch!