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K-State Research Featured in National Report

Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation highlights university's crucial contributions. Read More

Kansas Academy of Science Graduate Research Grant

Afsana NoorAfsana Noor, Ph.D. graduate research assistant working under the direction of Dr. Chris Little received the Kansas Academy of Science Graduate Research Grant award. Congratulations Afsana! Read More

Highly Cited Researchers 2018

Eduard AkhunovThis list recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. We are proud to have world renowned researcher Eduard Akhunov in the Plant Path family. Read More

Doctoral Candidate Receives 2018 BIFAD Student Award

Mohammad Mokhlesur RahmanThe Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, or BIFAD, has selected Mohammad Mokhlesur Rahman, a doctoral candidate in genetics at Kansas State University, as the winner of the 2018 BIFAD Student Award for Scientific Excellence in a Feed the Future Innovation Lab.

Rahman is a member of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics, which is directed by Jesse Poland, associate professor of plant pathology.

Researcher Attains $700,000 NIFA Grant

Sanzhen LiuKansas State University, under the lead of Sanzhen Liu, has been awarded funds to study the genetic basis of resistance to bacterial disease in corn by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The goal of the research is to understand the basis of disease and enable the development of improved corn varieties for Goss’s wilt resistance.

Liu, assistant professor of plant pathology at K-State, is the principal investigator for the three-year $700,000 research grant. He will also work with Professors Frank White from the University of Florida and Alison Robertson from Iowa State University.

The bacterial disease called Goss’s wilt has re-emerged in major corn-producing areas of the United States and Canada and represents a threat to maize production. Researchers on this project will pinpoint genetic elements responsible for bacterial virulence and host resistance through genetic approaches. The research will provide implications for other important, yet poorly understood, plant diseases caused by closely related bacteria, including tomato canker and potato ring rot.

At K-State, Liu will also provide a research opportunity to students who are eligible to participate in the Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, or KS-LSAMP, through working with the director of the Diversity Programs Office at K-State.

The project, "Analyses of Bacterial Avirulence and Virulence Loci and Host Resistance of Maize Goss's Wilt," was awarded by the USDA through the NSF/NIFA Plant-Biotic Interactions program.