April 11, 2017

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.

November 17, 2016

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!


October 19, 2016

SourceIntegrated Crop Management News, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Recently, the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic received samples of corn leaves with symptoms of tar spot from Jones County in eastern Iowa.

October 12, 2016

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"

July 15, 2016

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.

June 27, 2016

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....

June 24, 2016

The first generation of soybean cyst nematode (SCN) females is now visible on the roots of soybeans growing in SCN-infested fields in Iowa.....
Source: ICM News

June 24, 2016

Dr Gary Munkvold was recently elected as councilor-at-large with the American Phytopathological Society (APS).

Source: 2016 APS election results.pdf

June 10, 2016

With heavy hearts we say goodbye to another ISU plant pathology great. Dr. John Melvin Dunleavy passed away on May 19th at age 92. 

April 14, 2016

The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology's Monthly Newsletter 

With the generous help of the Zirakparvar family, the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University is pleased to present our monthly departmental newsletter dedicated to providing a fresh and exciting spin on departmental news, personnel and events. Every month we will deliver a collection of short stories in print with expanded content on our webpage. 

April 13, 2016

“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.”

April 11, 2016

An interdisciplinary collaboration between Dr. Santosh Pandey (Electrical Engineering) and Dr. Gregory Tylka (Plant Pathology) was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) grant to develop an automated machine for soybean cyst nematode identification.

April 05, 2016

Cassandra (Cassie) Wattenburger, a PhD student working with Dr. Larry Halverson, was recently awarded a highly competitive Fellowship from the 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

March 07, 2016

Dr. Roger Wise was recently elected to the rank of Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) and was honored during the AAAS Annual Meeting on February 13, in Washington, D.C

March 07, 2016

Compendium of Corn Diseases, Fourth Edition is now available through the APS Press website.

"This book provides the most current, practical information on the diagnosis and management of corn diseases"

Dr. Gary Munkvold, ISU Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology and ISU Seed Science Center, is co-editor of this edition. 

March 07, 2016

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.

February 15, 2016

Work from the Mueller and Leandro labs was recently featured as the Editor's pick in the January 2016 issue of Phytopathology.

Multilaboratory Comparison of Quantitative PCR Assays for Detection and Quantification of Fusarium virguliforme from Soybean Roots and Soil

Click here to access the article.

February 04, 2016

ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Faculty and Staff Awards

Four members in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology were recently recognized by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences here at Iowa state University. These awards are given annually for outstanding faculty and staff.

January 28, 2016

On Saturday January 30th, one of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology's finest will be participating in this years 'Dancing with the Story County Stars'! Claudia Lemper was chosen as one of the 'Story County Stars' who will be paired up with a local dance instructor and together, compete for your votes and donations

January 27, 2016

...Last Friday (1/22/16) the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology bid farewell and happy retirement to Dr. John Hill, a department mainstay since 1972. 

Over 60 people joined to share memories of Dr Hill, say thanks and wish him a happy retirement. Check out our facebook album for all of the pictures we took...

January 27, 2016

Last Monday night (1/25/16) was an exciting night for Iowa State both on the court and off. In addition to the men's basketball victory over the #4 Kansas Jayhawks, the Iowa Soybean Association announced a gift of $500,000 to Iowa State University that will go towards ISU President Leath's Bioscience Initiative and the Advanced Teaching and Research Building (Plant Pathology's future home). 

November 19, 2015

The Miller lab bade sad farewell to postdoc Sung Ki Cho......


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