ISU researchers are developing a new facility that will use a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions. Steven Whitham, plant pathology and microbiology, is the primary investigator. Stephen Howell, genetics, development and cell biology, and Lie Tang, agricultural and biosystems engineering, are collaborating.
XB Yang was invited by Brazilian Phytopathological Society to address at the opening session of their 47th Congress which was held in August 16-21 in Londrina, Brazil. Title of his talk was "Future Impact of a globalized economy on Plant Pathology in North and South America". Dr. Yang also gave a plenary speech at opening session of 10th International Congress of Plant Pathology last year, in which he addressed how globalized economy would shape our profession for countries with different levels of economic development.
Gwyn Beattie recently fielded questions about research involving new microbials that improve crop yields. In test plots, these microbials increased crop yields by as much as 10 percent. The research is part of a collaboration between Monsanto and Novozymes called the BioAg Alliance, which aims to increase crop production while improving resource management. Read more at The Gazette's website.
A group of 24 ISU students are participating in a research initiative focused on the issue of antibiotic resistance. The Small World Initiative, which includes 64 other universities from around the globe, is sponsored by the Yale University Center for Scientific Teaching. Claudia Lemper, faculty lecturer in the ISU microbiology program, said the initiative is also an attempt to get students involved in their own research. Read more at the Ames Tribune.
ISU researchers have designed a hail simulation machine to study the effects of fungicide on hail-damaged crops. Adam Sisson, extension program specialist, and Daren Mueller, plant pathology and microbiology, discuss the study in a News Service video.
Roger Wise, USDA-ARS, has received a $2.5 million dollar National Science Foundation grant to study the mechanisms that determine the resistance of cereal crops to fungal pathogens. Read more in this Iowa State University press release.