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Quality SCN Samples are Part Science, Part Art
John Wilson - Extension Educator | Loren Giesler - Extension Plant Pathologist
Growers frequently ask about why we need to sample for soybean cyst nematodes or SCN, a pest causing more yield losses than all other soybean diseases combined. As harvest winds down, we are entering the time when the most samples are taken each year. This prompted a related question on sampling: What is the proper way to take a soil sample to test for SCN in your field?
There is both science and art in collecting good soil samples.
Foiling Rice-Spoiling Fungus
Rice blast spoils between 10 and 30 percent of annual rice yields worldwide — enough to feed as many as 60 million people. Recent outbreaks of the disease, which also strikes wheat and grass crops, have ranged from Brazil to Bangladesh.
Plant pathologists at Nebraska have revealed how the fungus behind blast disease can evade rice’s first immune response and silence the molecular sirens that mobilize reinforcements. The team’s identification of a key fungal gene and associated protein could inform genetic modification efforts to combat the disease.
Discovery, achievement, recognition: the year in Husker research
Reflecting the life-changing innovation of research at Nebraska, the 2016-2017 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Research Report is now available to the public.
Assembled by Nebraska's Office of Research and Economic Development, the annual report highlights the creativity and diligence that drives the university’s research growth. This past year, research expenditures totaled $295 million.
Jerry Weiland visits PLPT
Dr. Jerry Weiland visited the Department of Plant Pathology November 6 as a invited 2017 Fall Seminar Series speaker. Dr. Weiland is a Research Plant Pathologist in the USDA/ARS Horticultural Crops Research Unit, Oregon State University at Corvallis.
His seminar was titled "Diversity Matters: Exploring the consequences of Pythium diversity in forest nurseries." Weiland met with faculty and students during his stay for further discussion during meals and appointments.
Nikita Gambhir receives Widaman Distinguished Graduate Assistant award
Nikita Gambhir, Department of Plant Pathology graduate student in Sydney Everhart's lab, was named recipients of the Widaman Trust Distinguished Graduate Assistant Award for basic research.
Lee Briese received the ASA ICCA of the Year award
Lee Briese, DPH Graduate Student, received the ASA ICCA of the Year award at 2017 International ASA, CSSA and SSSA Annual Meeting last week in Tampa.
Job Opening: Postdoctoral Research Position in Chlorovirus Biology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)
Post date: Oct. 15, 2017
Job type: Full time
Degree required: PhD
Years Experience: Entry Level
Start Date: Available immediately
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Location: US – Nebraska – Lincoln
Job Opening: Plant Pathology Technologist, WCREC
Plant Pathology Technologist: The candidate will conduct lab and field research on soilborne pathogens on multiple field crops to study pathogen biology in relation to plant health. View requisition S_170651 at https://employment.unl.edu for additional details and to apply. Applicant review begins October 23.
Science: Promoting human rights through science
"Plant pathology is an amalgamation of scientists—including diagnosticians, biochemists, and geneticists—working together to eliminate or treat destructive diseases caused by pathogens that destroy food sources. Plant pathologists ensure food security by uncovering novel pathways, understanding infection strategies, and quickly identifying and treating pathogens found in the field."