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.
Camilo Parada, a new Masters student in Dr Lina Quesada-Ocampo’s lab, received a travel award to attend the Oomycete Bioinformatics Training Workshop June 2-4, 2015 in Blacksburg, Virginia. This is the workshop website: http://oomycete-training.org/
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.
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.
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.
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.