Spring 2016

Spring seminars are held on Wednesdays in 3503 Thomas Hall (Stephens Room), on Main Campus from 10:45 to 11:45 am.

January 6
Dr. Colleen J. Doherty
Assistant Professor of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, NCSU
“Plants in the Fourth Dimension; how Time Impacts Plant Interactions with the environment”

January 13
Dr. Sharon Inch
Research Scientist, Novozymes North America
“Host-Pathogen Interactions of Raffaellea lauricola and Avocado (Persea americana)”

January 20
Dr. Allison Tally
Technical Manager Fungicides, Syngenta Crop Protection
“Industry Jobs: Technology and Beyond”

January 27
Dr. Kelly Smith
Director of Microbials Development at AgBiome
“Discovery of Novel Biocontrol Products and Crop Protection Traits from the Soil Microbiome”

February 3
Dr. Dahlia Nielson
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, NCSU
“Cross-species expression QTL mapping reveals novel insights into plant-parasite interactions”

February 17
Dr. Bill Fry
School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section,
Cornell University
Phytophthora infestans: lessons from a model microbe”

February  24
Dr. Rob Dunn
Professor of Applied Ecology, NCSU
“Why the Future of Agriculture Depends Upon Natural History, Particularly that of Pests and Pathogens. Case Examples from the Last Two Hundred Years”

March 2
Dr. Rick Brandenburg
Professor of Entomology, NCSU
“Value Chain Research Teams for Aflatoxin Management: Trying to See the Big Picture. GFS Cluster”

March 23-24 (Hunt Library)
Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Symposium

March 30
Rosie Perez Memorial Seminar

April 13
Dr. Charlie Woloshuk
Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University
“Underlying mechanisms that regulate fumonisin biosynthesis in Fusarium verticillioides”

April 22 (Friday | Talley Student Center)
PhD Symposium

Fall 2015

Unless noted otherwise, Fall seminars are held on Wednesdays in 3503 Thomas Hall (Stephens Room) from 10:30 to 11:30 am. 

August 19
Drs. Rick Davis & Charlie Opperman
Semester Kick-off & Introduction of the New Graduate Students

August 26
Kathleen Vogel, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, NC State University
Director of the Science, Technology, and Society Program, NC State University
“Biotechnology and Bioterrorism: Reconceptualizing Bioweapons Threats – Global Food Security Cluster”

September 2
Jason Delborne, Associate Professor, Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources, NC State University
“GM trees modified to protect against disease”

September 9
Rick Latin, Professor, Botany & Plant Pathology, Purdue University
“Understanding fungicides for turf disease control”

September 16
Lina Quesada, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, NC State University
“Improving Management of Vegetable Diseases in North Carolina”

September 23
John  McDowell, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, & Weed Science, Virginia Tech
“Knowing the enemy: Exploiting oomycete genomes for fundamental insight and effective disease control”

September 30
Jim Kerns, Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist, Department of Plant Pathology, NC State University
“Biology and Management of Turfgrass Diseases in North Carolina”

October 7
Posy Busby, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability, Biology Department, Duke University
College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho
“A diverse leaf microbiome modifies rust disease in Populus”

October 12 (Monday) | Stephens Room | 9:30 – 10:30
Oliver Furzer, Postdoctoral Scientist, The Sainsbury Laboratory
“Cloning Resistance genes and exploring Brassicaceae NB-LRR diversity with RenSeq”

October 14
Ross Meentemeyer, Professor, Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources, NC State University
“Geospatial Analytics of plant disease outbreaks – Global Food Security Cluster”

October 21
Qin Yang, Post Doc Research Associate, Department of Plant Pathology, NC State University
“Genetic architecture of disease resistance to southern leaf blight in maize”

October 28
Shuijin Hu, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, NC State University
“Climate change on the Tibetan Plateau: Impacts on plant-microbe interactions and their functions”

November 4
Liliana Cano, Department of Plant Pathology, NC State University
“Genome sequencing and effector discovery in the hop downy mildew plant pathogen”

November 11
Linda Hanley-Bowdoin, William Neal Reynolds Professor, Department of Molecular & Structural Biochemistry, NC State University
“Cassava Viruses : A threat to Global Food Security – Global Food Security Cluster”

November 20
Master’s Symposium

Spring 2015

Unless noted otherwise, Spring seminars are held on Wednesdays in Room 2104 Toxicology Building, Centennial Campus from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

January 21
Bode Olukolu (NC State)
“Genetics of the maize defense response: Impact of lesion mimics on plant immunity”

January 28
Li Yang (UNC-Chapel Hill)
“The Pseudomonas syringae effector HopBB1 modulates hormone balance in plant defense”.

February 11
Axel Elling (Bayer CropScience)
“Root-knot nematodes: Molecular host-parasite interactions, resistance, and variability”

February 25
Craig Yencho (NC State)
“Sweetpotato: Harnessing the genetic diversity of a poor-man’s crop for local and global crop improvement”.

March 18
Matthew Tancos (Cornell University)
“Fruit colonization and in planta movement of Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis

March 25
Mary Hausbeck (Michigan State University) – Rosie Perez Memorial Seminar
“A smorgasbord of vegetable diseases is on today’s menu”

April 1
Howard Judelson (University of California – Riverside)
“Molecular insights into spore biology and metabolism of Phytophthora infestans, the potato late blight pathogen”

April 8
Joey Spatafora (Oregon State University)
“Phylogenomics of Fungal Secondary Metabolism”

April 15
Inga Meadows (Clemson Univerity) – Vegetable Pathologist Interview Seminar
“Experiences in Plant Pathology”
Room 201, Witherspoon Student Center

April 22
Stephanie Szostek (Colorado State University) – Vegetable Pathologist Interview Seminar
“Strategies to combat the overwinter survival of two important onion pests: Iris yellow spot virus and its insect vector, Thrips tabaci
Room 4280, Talley Student Union

April 29
Diane Ducharme (NC State University) – Vegetable Pathologist Interview Seminar
“Research supporting a multidiscipline approach to disease management”
Room 4280, Talley Student Union

May 6
Ralph Dean – Comprehensive Review Seminar (NC STATE)
“Unraveling the complex biology of infection and pathogenesis by the rice blast pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae

Fall 2014

Fall seminars are held on Wednesdays in 3503 Thomas Hall (Stephens Room) from 10:30 to 11:30 am. 

August 27
Introduction of New Students and Ice Cream Social
Eric Davis & David Ritchie

September 3
“Under the Appressorium: Examining Early Response to Host Attack by Manaporthe oryzae, the Rice Blast Fungus”
Nicole Donofrio (University of Delaware)

September 10
“Biology and Management of Turf Grass Diseases: An Adventure in Keeping Grass Green”
Jim Kerns

September 17
“A Population Genomic Framework for Understanding Microbial Biology and Evolution”
Ignazio Carbone

September 24
“Big Data Analytics, Landscape Epidemiology, and the Trip to Paris”
Asimina Mila

October 1
“Pesticde Registration, Ecotoxicology, and How to Avoid Being Featured on the 6 O’Clock News”
Spencer Mortensen (BASF RTP)

October 8
“Molecular Diagnosis of Root-Knot Nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) By The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services”
Weimin Ye (NCDA, Raleigh)

October 15
“The Ins and Outs of Carrot Genetics and Disease Resistance”
Valérie Le Clerc (NCSU)

October 22
“Dr M’s Haiku: Gene Discovery, Plant-Pathogen Imaging, Holistic Outlook”
Randall Wisser (University Of Delaware)

October 29
“Modeling the Epidemiology of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus: Understanding the Virus Inoculum Sources and Thrips Population Dynamics”
George Kennedy

November 5
NCSU Libraries
“Managing Personal and Research Data, and Writing Data Management Plans”
Mohan Ramaswamy and Bob Sotak

November 12
“Transmission and Interactions of Viruses and Fungi Infecting Wild Plants”
Charles Mitchell (UNC)

December 3
“Current R&D Trends in Industry Regarding Plant Health and Disease Control”
Tyler Harp (Syngenta)