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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.

Small-Grains Field Day in Chowan County

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.

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.

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.

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.