Gregory Fuerst, a member of the Roger Wise’s Lab, was selected as the 2017 Midwest Area Award Recipient in the Scientific Support category "for exceptional scientific support and contributions to the ARS research programs".
Dr. Allen Miller and Dr. Steve Whitham received a four-year multi-institutional grant ($10.3 million) funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
To help farmers and agronomists identify, scout, and manage corn diseases a new Corn Diseases booklet, published by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is now available to crop producers and industry professionals.
By Lina Rodriguez Salamanca and Laura Jesse Iles, Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic
The following are highlights and updates about samples and questions recently received in the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic. Visit the PIDC's Facebook page for updates and more pictures. For more information on a particular disease or insect problem listed, follow the article (hyperlink) cited.
As the 2017 growing season winds down, ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists share how the crops are progressing and finishing out the season in their repressive regions across the state.
In early September, some fields had some pretty high numbers (plants with over 1,000 aphids!). Generally, aphids were concentrated around the ear, but could be found throughout the plant more
W. Allen Miller and Steve Whitham, are contributing to a multi-institutional effort funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Dr. Nancy Boury received a 3-year (2017-2020) grant of $182,812 from NSF Division of Undergraduate Education program (DUE). DUE's programs are intended to strengthen STEM education at two- and four-year colleges and universities by improving curricula, instruction, laboratories, infrastructure, assessment, diversity of students and faculty, and collaborations.
Dr. Roger Wise presented one of his latest research papers in San Diego, California and Michigan State University.
Welcome Andrew James Penney, Joshua Nathan Viggers, Katerina Louise Holan, and Valeria Velazquez Zapata!
Congratulations to Mauricio Serrano, Lauren Washington and Priyanka Surana
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.
In an effort to streamline processes, the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic has updated and simplified submission forms for receiving requests for diagnosis for plant problems and insect, plant or mushroom identification.
ISU researchers are piecing together the genetic mechanisms that link plant growth and stress response. In a new paper, the research group links autophagy, an important energy recycling function, with slower growth during stress conditions. Autophagy plays a key role in animals as well as plants.
The apple-pumpkin bake off is one of our department's most anticipated events of the year, and boy did this year live up to the hype!
Recently, the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic received samples of corn leaves with symptoms of tar spot from Jones County in eastern Iowa.
Dr. Steve Whitham, and his team of researchers, recently published findings in PLOS pathogens on how the soybean rust fungus interacts with the soybean plant to suppress immunity: "A Small Cysteine-Rich Protein from the Asian Soybean Rust Fungus, Phakopsora pachyrhizi, Suppresses Plant Immunity"
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.
So far, this growing season has been relatively quiet on the crop disease front, likely due to the mild weather this spring has brought us....
The first generation of soybean cyst nematode (SCN) females is now visible on the roots of soybeans growing in SCN-infested fields in Iowa.....
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