Kristi Ledman

Graduate Student
404 Stakman

1991 Upper Buford Circle
495 Borlaug Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

Degree
Ph.D.
Advisor
Ruth Dill-Macky
Carol Ishimaru
Education
  • 2016, B.S. Plant Science, University of Minnesota

Biography

Hometown: Twin Cities, MN

What are your favorite fungi?

Puccinia spp.

What is plant pathology to you?

A vital science, passion and a mission.

Why did you decide to attend graduate school at the University of Minnesota? Tell us about your path to Plant Pathology.

I have a long story, it spans over a decade. The short and long of it is I love plant pathology because I have been blessed with wonderful mentors and advisors at the U of MN.

What do you hope to accomplish in your time at the University of Minnesota, and what are your goals for the future? 

I am looking forward to becoming a scientist and studying diseases of small grains, as they are quite important as a food source.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

Wandering in the woods with my dogs, taking photos of plants, fungi, lichen, animals, landscapes, nature, etc, sewing, knitting, fishing, archery, and a little gardening

Areas of Interest

My research is focused on bacterial leaf streak disease in small grains. I will be investigating the host range of the pathogen, Xanthomonas translucens. I take a particular interest in surveying weedy grass species in the field to find where the pathogen survives.