In 2020, plant health professionals in the U.S. and Canada were surveyed by Iowa State to identify counties infested with the soybean cyst nematode (SCN) since 2017. A similar survey was conducted in 2017 for the years 2014 to 2017. There were 55 new U.S. counties in 11 states and 24 counties and rural municipalities in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec in which SCN was first discovered between 2017 and 2020.
Soybean research continues on Iowa State's campus. From federal grants and current research projects, to extension education and industry connections, the Iowa Soybean Research Center continues to promote soybean research here on campus to further support soybean growers across the state.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Claudia Lemper-Manahl, earns University recognition for teaching in Fall 2020.
Iowa State University evaluates nematode control and yield performance of soybean varieties with resistance to soybean cyst nematode (SCN) in SCN-infested fields throughout Iowa each year. The work is supported by the soybean checkoff through the Iowa Soybean Association.
The Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology mourns the loss of Dr. Nick Lauter, who passed away unexpectedly on January 7th, 2021. Nick was an active member of the maize genetics community for over 20 years and his absence will be felt by all who had the privilege to know him.
Steven Harris will be the next chair of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology and the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University effective by April 1.
This fall, the Plant Pathology Graduate Student Organization (GSO) hosted a window decorating competition for all residents of the Advanced Teaching & Research Building (ATRB).
Dr. Silvina Arias and Dr. Charles Block have received a $38,882 grant from the American Seed Trade Association’s Seed Science Foundation (SSF) to develop a test that will differentiate between two closely-related corn bacteria.
Dr. Forrest Weston Nutter, Jr. 1953 - 2020
With the help of communications firm MorganMyers, the SCN Coalition instead created “Let’s Talk ‘Todes,” a virtual event with a collection of videos that can be viewed on the SCN Coalition’s website.
“Temporal Control of Immunity to Powdery Mildew in Barley”
New 3-year $815,500 grant awarded to Roger Wise, Nancy Boury, and Nick Peters from the joint NIFA/NSF Plant-Biotic Interactions (PBI) program
Our department is filled with many great faculty and staff, who we love to recognize for their achievments.
“The society grants this honor to a current APS member in recognition of distinguished contributions to plant pathology or to The American Phytopathological Society. Fellow recognition is based on significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: original research, teaching, administration, professional and public service, and/or extension and outreach.” – American Phytopathological Society, 2020
We are fortunate to have many of our faculty recognized as Fellows within our department:
The Plant Pathology and Microbiology Department recently celebrated Dr. Thomas Baum's time as the department chair. Faculty and students gathered for the occasion and enjoyed delicious cake and coffee. Thank you again, Dr. Baum!
Iowa State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recently hosted the U.S. Farm Report and AgriTalk's second annual college roadshow. The U.S. Farm Report is a weekly syndicated television news program that focus on advancements and achievement in the realm of agriculture and agribusiness.
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Valeria Velasquez-Zapata and Pulkit Kanodia were awarded the Brown Graduate Fellowship for 2019-2020. They are two of twelve students from across Iowa State University (ISU) to receive the award of $10,000 each.
Here is an overview of the PLPM 2018 Fall Semester Newsletter. Enjoy!
My favorite cases this year were redbud and peach trees, both had signs of winter injury, and two fungal pathogens were tagging along...