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38th Annual Mid-Atlantic States Mycology Conference


Group photo of Mid-Atlantic States Mycology Conference Attendees

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.

Tomato Field Day 2015

Jean Ristaino talking about a poster at Mills River, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, NC, Tomato Field Day 2015
Dr Jean Ristaino
Inga Meadows presenting a poster at Mills River, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, NC, Tomato Field Day 2015
Inga Meadows

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.

Jim Driver – Service Award & Retirement Celebration

Jim Driver - Service Award
L-R: Melinda James, Jim Driver, Randall Patterson & Frank Louws


Melinda James, President, and Randall Patterson, member, of the Board of Directors North Carolina Tomato Growers Association, along with Frank Louws, Professor of Plant Pathology and colleague for over 19 years, celebrate the service award given to Jim Driver, SPA employee in the Department of Plant Pathology holds the Award of Service given to Jim Driver at the 47th Annual Meeting and Winter Vegetable Conference and Trade Show. February 26 2015, Asheville NC.

The plaque reads: Presented to Jim Driver In appreciation for your many years of service, dedication and support of the tomato industry in North Carolina by the NC Tomato Growers Association 2015.

Images from Jim Driver’s Service Award and Retirement Celebration