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Stack Honored by North Central Colleagues
Jim Stack of the plant pathology department was recognized by the North Central Division of the American Phytopathological Society in a team award for the Distinguished Service Award. Recognized along with Stack, was his colleague Ray Hammerschmidt of Michigan State University. Together, Stack and Hammerschmidt have led the National Plant Diagnostic Network since its inception, soon after the tragedies of 9/11.
The nomination noted, Stack and Hammerschmidt, "have provided the yarn that has knitted the network together through periods of expanding and retracting resources. They have been influential nationally, but especially in the APS-NCD. It is telling to me that Drs. Stack and Hammerschmidt are looked to by the other Regional Directors for guidance and leadership. Decisions are often deferred until all are sure that their opinions have been considered … Things simply do not happen unless Drs. Hammerschmidt and Stack were behind the scenes, making them happen. When additional subawards are needed, Dr. Hammerschmidt was the best way to get it done. When an interface was needed with APHIS administrators, Dr. Stack was adept at working through his contacts at PPQ-CPHST. These two colleagues are the best reason that NPDN is successful today!"
Members of the department are honored to have a colleague on campus with such dedication to biosecurity and are pleased to see his leadership recognized by others across the region. Though Stack was unable to attend the award presentation due to a previous commitment, his friends from K-State made sure his presence was known.
Kansas State University researchers find new pathogens in soybean seeds
A single seed seems so simple. Put it in the ground, give it some care, and you’ve soon grown food.
But Chris Little knows better. It’s why he’s spent the better part of the last six years learning more about the not-so-modest beginnings of soybean seeds in Kansas.
Kevin McCluskey named to National Genetic Resources Advisory Council
Jordan Brungardt is the recipient of the 2016-2017 College of Agriculture Richard Elmore Brown Graduate Teaching Award
Graduate Student Council recognizes graduate student awards and accomplishments
The Graduate Student Council recognized 150 graduate students for their many scholarly accomplishments and awards from the 2016-2017 academic year at the 2017 K-State Graduate Student Awards and Recognition Reception on April 24.
President Richard Myers brought warm greetings and made opening remarks addressing the importance of graduate education at Kansas State University, and the significant roles graduate students and graduate faculty play for the university.
The program consisted of recognizing 2016-2017 universitywide graduate student awards, college awards for graduate students and faculty, and Graduate Student Council awards.
The 2017 K-State Graduate Student Awards and Recognition Reception is sponsored by the Office of the President, Graduate Student Council, Graduate School, K-State Alumni Association and Golden Key.
Three K-State graduate students to attend U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security
Three K-State doctoral students – Narinder Singh, plant pathology and interdepartmental genetics; Joseph Weeks, soil and environmental chemistry; and Tesfaye Tadesse, grain science and industry — are among the 40 students who have been selected nationally to participate in the U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security.
Sarachek Travel Award given to Ananda Bandara
Kansas State University scientists to help identify genes that control wheat yield
Kansas State University is among 19 groups that have joined forces to identify the genes that affect wheat yield. The genes will be deposited into public databases and used in breeding programs nationwide.
NIFA grant will boost Kansas State University’s efforts to edit wheat’s genetic code
Kansas State University has received $300,000 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to conduct a gene-editing project on wheat varieties. Researchers can modify parts of the wheat’s genome so it can perform better in farmers’ fields.
Kansas State University scientists gain upper hand on devastating wheat scab disease
Kansas State University scientists say they have isolated and cloned a gene that provides resistance to Fusarium head blight, or wheat scab, a crippling disease that caused $7.6 billion in losses in U.S. wheat fields between 1993 and 2001.
Environmentally friendly invention may save soybean industry millions of dollars per year
If parasites want to get to soybeans, they'll have to go through Kansas State University researchers first.
Harold N. Trick, professor of plant pathology; Timothy C. Todd, instructor of plant pathology; and Jiarui Li, research assistant professor in plant pathology, have designed and patented a soybean variety that protects from nematode parasitic infestation.
KSU Plant Pathology Contributes to Regional Tree Disease Book
Department members Judy O'Mara, Megan Kennelly, and Tim Todd along with retired adjunct faculty Jon Appel (Kansas Dept of Agriculture) are all contributors to a newly-released publication, Diseases of Trees in the Great Plains. The book is a product of a large team of plant pathologists from multiple institutions. The printed 241 page version will be out later this fall. The book is now available online as a pdf:
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