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Recent news:

K-State plant pathologist to discuss plant health and agricultural pathogens

By Shawn Hutchinson


Jim Stack, professor of plant pathology and director of the Great Plains Diagnostic Network, will give a public lecture at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the K-State Student Union's Little Theater.

Stack will discuss some of the challenges of feeding an expanding population in the face of growing concerns about plant health and agricultural pathogens. His talk is being presented for students participating in the capstone course of the natural resources and environmental science, or NRES, secondary major and is open to the general public as part of the NRES Seminar Series. Undergraduate students interested in natural resources, environmental science and sustainability issues are especially encouraged to attend.

The natural resources and environmental science secondary major and its seminar series are supported by the Office of the Provost, College of Agriculture, College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

Plant Pathology Projects Featured by NSF

Students working on two Dept of Plant Pathology research projects will be featured in a National Science Foundation online video showcase.

  • "Maize Mosaic Virus by Anthony Williams" is about the"Molecular Mechanisms of Virus-Vector Interactions" project by Anna Whitfield, associate professor of plant pathology, who is studying how corn plant hoppers spread a devastating virus.
  • "High-Throughput Plant Phenotyping" by Cody Isern and Safiya Woodard. This video features the work of Jesse Poland, assistant professor of plant pathology. The full title of his project is "A Field-Based High-Throughput Phenotyping Platform for Plant Genetics."

For more information, the dates, and other KSU projects you can click HERE.





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