Dr. Ignazio Carbone receives the Ruth Allen Award

Dr. Ignazio Carbone (center) receives the Ruth Allen Award at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society from APS Past-President, Mike Boehm (left) and current APS President George Abawi (right).
Dr. Ignazio Carbone (center) receives the Ruth Allen Award at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society from APS Past-President, Mike Boehm (left) and current APS President George Abawi (right).

The APS Ruth Allen Award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding, innovative contribution to research that has changed or has the potential to change the direction of research in any field of plant pathology. Dr. Carbone is internationally recognized for his advances in our understanding of how evolutionary forces contribute to population structure, developing novel web-based tools for contemporary population analysis and translating this knowledge into application.

Tomato Field Day 2014

Plant Pathology faculty, staff and students made presentations at the Tomato Field Day held at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center in Mills River, NC on August 7. Pictured R-L: Lina Quesada, Mike Adams, and Emma Wallace
R-L: Lina Quesada, Mike Adams, and Emma Wallace

Plant Pathology faculty, staff and students made presentations at the Tomato Field Day held at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center in Mills River, NC on August 7.

2014 Kelman Scholars

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L-R: Julia Heiken (Dr. Rick Davis), Jillian Perrine (Dr. Mina Mila), Harper Niver (Dr. Rick Davis), Andrew Scruggs (Dr. Lina Quesada), Joe Doherty (Dr. Jim Kerns) , & Kathryn Nilsson (Dr. Christina Cowger).

Congratulations to our 2014 Kelman Scholars who presented posters of their research projects at the NCSU Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Talley Ballroom on July 30.  Their research and presentations were truly professional, which speaks volumes to their abilities as young scientists and the mentorship that they received in their projects from faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students.

North Carolina Tobacco Tour 2014

(L-R) Rick Davis, Department Head, Jane Dove Long, Asmina Mila, and Graduate Students, Hsien-Tzer Tseng and Jack Bittner
(L-R) Rick Davis, Department Head, Jane Dove Long, Asimina Mila, and Graduate Students, Hsien-Tzer Tseng and Jack Bittner
The North Carolina Tobacco Tour was held July 14-15. The tour began with a Welcome Dinner on Monday evening at the Fargo Cattle Company in Zebulon. A field tour followed on Tuesday morning at the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station in Rocky Mount.  The tour is the combined effort Departments of Plant Pathology, Crop Science, Entomology, and Biological & Agricultural Engineering.

Marc Cubeta elected MSA Fellow

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Marc Cubeta was recently elected as a Fellow of the Mycological Society of America (MSA). MSA Fellows are members who are outstanding mycologists on the basis of a solid record of mycological research, successful teaching and development of teaching materials for mycology, and significant service to the Society. This award is meant to recognize a core group of mid-career mycological achievers and outstanding MSA volunteers.

Syngenta Crop Protection Plant Pathology Graduate Fellowship

L-R: Rebecca Boston (Assistant Dean of Research, CALS), Richard Linton (Dean, CALS), David Ritchie (Director of Graduate Programs, Plant Pathology), Steve Lommel (Associate Dean and Director, NCARS), David Laird (Head of Product Biology for North America, Syngenta), Sam Pardue (Associate Dean and Director, Academic Programs, CALS), Eric Davis (Department Head, Plant Pathology), and Tyler Harp (Product Biology Lead - Fungicides, Syngenta)
L-R: Rebecca Boston (Assistant Dean of Research, CALS), Richard Linton (Dean, CALS), David Ritchie (Director of Graduate Programs, Plant Pathology), Steve Lommel (Associate Dean and Director, NCARS), David Laird (Head of Product Biology for North America, Syngenta), Sam Pardue (Associate Dean and Director, Academic Programs, CALS), Eric Davis (Department Head, Plant Pathology), and Tyler Harp (Product Biology Lead – Fungicides, Syngenta)

The Department of Plant Pathology officially signed the Syngenta Crop Protection Plant Pathology Graduate Fellowship on Monday, April 21st. Along with CALS Administration, representatives from Syngenta, including David Laird (Head of Product Biology for North America) and Tyler Harp (Product Biology Lead, Fungicides), were in attendance. This fellowship provides complete support of a graduate student fellow for three years.  The Plant Pathology Department has already selected a master’s student for the Syngenta Fellowship for Fall 2014. A thesis research project of mutual interest to NCSU and Syngenta has been designed to be implemented under the direction of a Plant Pathology faculty mentor.

Ristaino, Hanley-Bowdoin lead Bellagio Center conference on dangerous plant pathogens

Ristaino, Hanley-Bowdoin lead Bellagio Center conference on dangerous plant pathologens
Ristaino, Hanley-Bowdoin lead Bellagio Center conference on dangerous plant pathologens

Dr. Jean Ristaino was principal investigator and Dr. Linda Hanley-Bowdoin was co-principal investigator for the recent collaborative conference “Emerging Infectious Plant Diseases of Africa in the Context of Ecosystem Services.” The international conference took place April 8 to 12 at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy. Attending were 19 participants who worked to develop a strategy to mitigate impacts of emerging plant diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.

Ristaino and Hanley-Bowdoin are faculty members in N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Ristaino is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the CALS Department of Plant Pathology. Hanley-Bowdoin is a William Neal Reynolds Professor of biochemistry in the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry.

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