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Dr. Barbara Shew visited Dr. Kuldeep Jadon in India

Dr. Barbara Shew recently visited Kuldeep Jadon who was a Borlaug Fellow from India at NCSU last fall. Drs. Shew and Jadon visited several peanut fields and farmers in the state of Gujarat India.  They visited his fellow scientists at the Directorate of Groundnut Research, and scientists at Junadadh Agricultural University.  They also traveled to KVK Centers in Porbandar and Kodinar where they met with farmers and discussed Extension Programs in India and the United States.
L-R: Dr. Kuldeep Jadon, Dr. A.M. Parakhia and Dr. Barbara Shew

Dr. Barbara Shew recently visited Dr. Kuldeep Jadon who was a Borlaug Fellow from India at NCSU last fall. Drs. Shew and Jadon visited several peanut fields and farmers in the state of Gujarat India.  They visited his fellow scientists at the Directorate of Groundnut Research, and scientists at Junadadh Agricultural University.  They also traveled to KVK Centers in Porbandar and Kodinar where they met with farmers and discussed Extension Programs in India and the United States.

2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Dr. Luis Felipe Arauz received the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on September 5.  In 1988, Felipe earned a Masters of Science in Plant Pathology and in 1990, a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology both from NC State University under the direction of Dr. Turner Sutton. Dr. Arauz returned to his native Costa Rica in 1990 as a Professor of Plant Pathology in the Department of Crop Science at the University of Costa Rica. In 1997-2005, he served as Director of the Department of Crop Science and from 2004-2009 Felipe was Director of the Institute for Agricultural Research at UCR. He was appointed Dean of the UCR College of Agriculture and Food Science in 2009 and held this position until 2014. In May 2014, he was appointed Minister of Agriculture for Costa Rica by the new President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis.
Dr. Luis Felipe Arauz received the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on September 5. In 1988, Felipe earned a Master of Science in Plant Pathology and in 1990, a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology both from NC State University under the direction of Dr. Turner Sutton. Dr. Arauz returned to his native Costa Rica in 1990 as a Professor of Plant Pathology in the Department of Crop Science at the University of Costa Rica. In 1997-2005, he served as Director of the Department of Crop Science and from 2004-2009 Felipe was Director of the Institute for Agricultural Research at UCR. He was appointed Dean of the UCR College of Agriculture and Food Science in 2009 and held this position until 2014. In May 2014, he was appointed Minister of Agriculture for Costa Rica by the new President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis.

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.

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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Plant Pathology alumnus, Luis Felipe Arauz Cavallini, named Agriculture and Livestock Minister of Costa Rica

Plant Pathology Alumnus, Agriculture and Livestock Minister of Costa Rica
Plant Pathology Alumnus, Agriculture and Livestock Minister of Costa Rica

Felipe earned his Ph.D. in 1990 in Plant Pathology under the direction of Dr. Turner Sutton. Some in the media have made much of the number of lawyers in the new administration of Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera. But current and past professors outnumber the lawyers two to one in the top spots. | http://bit.ly/R89yZL

An analysis of the biographies of ministers-designate, vice presidents-elect and two ambassador-designates appointed by the president-elect show a preference for academics. President-elect Solís himself is a former professor and Fulbright scholar. | http://www.amcostarica.com/043014.htm#32

Phytophthora Diagnostic Workshop Held In Honduras

Plant diseases caused by Phytophthora species present major limitations to food security in the developing worldLate blight on potato caused by Phytophthora infestans caused the Irish famine, and Phytophthora species also limit production of cacao, taro and horticultural crops. Phytophthora is easily spread through international trade of plant materials and via airborne sporesSince plant pathogens do not carry passports nor recognize national borders, having a network of well-trained network of plant diagnosticians around the world benefits agriculture in the United States and abroad.

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The international team led a diagnostic workshop in Honduras attended by 21 plant disease diagnosticians from six Latin American countriesTechnologies for conducting rapid and accurate diagnostic assays for Phytophthora in plant and water samples under real-world working conditions were taught over four lab-intensive daysStudents learned basic pure culture methods for isolating Phytophthora, morphological identification techniques, and state-of-the-art molecular diagnostics assays including PCR, ELISA and DNA sequences to identify species. The workshop was held at Zamorano University, which also hosts the Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center.

This was the second in a series of plant disease diagnostic workshops held in Latin AmericaThe first workshop, also funded by USAID through the Horticulture Innovation Lab, was held in June 2010 and formed the basis of the Latin American Phytophthora Diagnostic Network,a network of well-trained plant disease diagnosticians throughout the region. Further workshops are planned for Southeast Asia and Africa.

With funding from USAID, the Horticulture Innovation Lab builds international partnerships—like this one between NC State plant pathologists and Latin American scientists—for fruit and vegetable research to improve livelihoods in developing countries.