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Summer Kickoff Breakfast - Potluck style

Yesterday the Plant Pathology Graduate Student Organization hosted a Summer Kickoff Breakfast for all departmental members for their third year in a row. This year was potluck style with an emphasis on multicultural dishes. Lets hope after its third year this event sticks around because we love food. 

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Dr. Mark Gleason Teaches Short Course in Serbia

In the past 6 months, Dr. Mark Gleason has twice traveled to Belegrade, Serbia to deliver accelerated professional skills courses to the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Belegrade, Serbia. In November of 2015, Dr. Gleason delivered an accelerated course on professional speaking skills, similar to PLP 590 he teaches here at Iowa State. More recently, in May of 2016, Dr. Gleason spent two weeks providing a short-course on research ethics, based on the GR ST 565 class he teaches here at ISU.

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Phytobiomes Project Featured in the Iowa State Daily

“What we’re trying to achieve is a systems approach to crop production,” Beattie said. “Usually farmers and professionals just focus on one thing at a time. We want to get agronomists, meteorologists, even engineers to be a part of this so that we can work together to find what works.”

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Research Shows Extra Cover Crop Growth Prior to Soybeans Provides Benefits

ICM News: The research showed winter cereal rye that grew an extra three weeks prior to soybeans produced about 300-400% more biomass (Fig. 1) with a 100% increase in nitrogen retention (Fig. 2), when compared with early terminated cover crops. Results from this study showed no difference in soybean yield following a cover crop killed three weeks prior to soybean planting compared to a cover crop that was killed one day before soybean planting.

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