The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology and Center For Integrated Fungal Research at North Carolina State University recently hosted the 38th annual Mid-Atlantic States Mycology Conference on April 21-23, 2017 in Raleigh, NC. An informal gathering and reception were held at the Cubeta home on Friday night April 21 to welcome meeting participants. On Saturday morning, graduate and undergraduate students, and post-docs provided oral research presentations at the JC Raulston Arboretum, followed by lunch and a group photo. In the afternoon, meeting attendees toured the James B. Hunt Library. Dr. Jessie Uehling, Duke University, provided a presentation on “Videography and mycology, applications in outreach, research and teaching” in the Teaching and Visualization Laboratory at the Hunt Library. Meeting participants returned to the JC Raulston Arboretum in late afternoon to attend a poster session, business meeting, dinner, presentation by LoneRider Brewery, and social. Dr. David Hibbett, Department of Biology, Clark University, delivered the conference keynote address on “The changing (and unchanging) shape of mushrooms” on Saturday night. A foray was conducted on Sunday morning in memory of Larry F. Grand at the Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest in Raleigh, followed by a tailgate luncheon.
David Marshall, Professor of Plant Pathology at NCSU and research leader of the USDA-ARS Plant Science Research Unit, Raleigh, NC, examines rust infections in a greenhouse in Muree, Pakistan. – See more
Dr. Jean Ristaino and Inga Meadows made presentations during the 2015 Tomato Field Day held August 13 at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center in Mills River, NC. Attendees say new and up-and-coming varieties and learned the latest about disease, insect, and weed control for staked tomato production and vegetables in western North Carolina. The field day was sponsored by NC State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NC Agricultural Research Service & NC Cooperative Extension Service, the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, and the NC Tomato Growers Association.
Lucky Mehra, a PhD student with Drs. Peter Ojiambo and Christina Cowger, spoke to about 100 visitors to the Northeast Ag Expo in Tyner, NC. Lucky explained the life cycle of Stagonospora nodorum, a widespread fungal pathogen that causes a sometimes damaging leaf and glume blotch of wheat. He also described best management practices and his research on factors that determine epidemic severity.