September 20, 2021

Dr. Nancy Boury was recently chosen as the recipient of the 2022 Carski Award for Undergraduate Education from the American Society of Microbiology! This award recognizes an educator for outstanding teaching of microbiology to undergraduate students and for encouraging them to subsequent achievement. 

September 06, 2021


The Iowa Soybean Research Center hosted its inaugural SoyFest on August 25, 2021. This fun and educational event was held on ISU’s central campus to coincide with August as "Soybean Month" in Iowa and the start of fall semester.

Meals from the Heartland

In a kick-off event to SoyFest, the ISRC hosted Meals from the Heartland. ISU students, faculty and staff packaged 20,000 meals in which the main ingredient was soy protein.

August 23, 2021

On August 18th the Department of Entomology and Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology held a picnic for Dr. Steven Harris to welcome him as Chair of both departments.

July 12, 2021

ISRC Hosting Meals from the Heartland August 24th

July 12, 2021

Join us August 25th for SoyFest!

May 19, 2021

President Wintersteen has released new changes to ISU's face covering policy, effective immediately (May 19, 2021) based on the latest CDC recommendations.

February 02, 2021

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.

February 02, 2021

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. 

January 25, 2021

Assistant Teaching Professor, Claudia Lemper-Manahl, earns University recognition for teaching in Fall 2020.

January 11, 2021

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.

January 10, 2021

Dr. Nick Lauter

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.

January 02, 2021






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.

November 18, 2020

This fall, the Plant Pathology Graduate Student Organization (GSO) hosted a window decorating competition for all residents of the Advanced Teaching & Research Building (ATRB).

October 29, 2020

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. 

October 28, 2020

Dr. Forrest Weston Nutter, Jr. 1953 - 2020

October 23, 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.

October 23, 2020

“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

June 01, 2020

Our department is filled with many great faculty and staff, who we love to recognize for their achievments. 

May 01, 2020

“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:

March 10, 2020

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!

September 29, 2019

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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