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Thursday, July 6, 2017
Obituary | Michael Boosalis

Michael G. Boosalis, 99, of Lincoln, died July 4. Boosalis was a faculty member in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's Department of Plant Pathology from 1951 to 1988.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017
The Plant Diseases Across Nebraska 2017

The Plant Diseases Across Nebraska (PLPT 891) course took place June 5-9 with 14 enrolled students and was led by Tamra Jackson-Ziems and Sydney Everhart.  This year’s class spent the week traveling to stops, such as Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, the UNL Plant & Pest Diagnostic Clinic, wheat diseases with Stephen Wegulo, UNL South Central Ag Lab near Clay Center, Schindler Ag Flying Service, O’Neill Ventures hydroponic tomatoes, Shamrock Nursery, Ziems Farm near Ewing, Lambert Melons near Chambers, and Rasmussen Christmas Tree Farm near Plainview.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Dr. Tamra Jackson-Ziems Promoted to Professor

Dr. Tamra A. Jackson-Ziems is promoted to Professor effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Jackson-Ziems earned her B.S. at the University of Central Arkansas in Biology in 1996; she continued with her M.S. at the University of Arkansas, in the Department of Plant Pathology, which she completed in 1999; and received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences in 2005. She joined the UNL Plant Pathology Department as an Assistant Professor in April 2005.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Publication: Microbial Inoculants for Optimized Plant Nutrient Use in Integrated Pest and Input Management Systems


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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Blast off: Insights could combat rice-infecting fungus

by Scott Schrage | University Communication

New research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has revealed how the fungus behind a destructive rice disease evades the plant’s first immune response and silences the molecular sirens that mobilize reinforcements.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Postdoctoral Associate Position in Plant Biotic Interactions

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Dr. Lirong Zeng’s lab in the Center for Plant Science Innovation (PSI) and the Department of Plant Pathology at University of Nebraska-Lincoln ( The Zeng lab utilizes a combination of molecular, biochemical, genetic, and genomic approaches to understand the mechanistic basis underlying plant immunity against microbial pathogens.

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Monday, May 1, 2017
Grants Recieved: Dr. Lirong Zeng

Lirong Zeng was awarded a grant from the NSF Plant Biotic Interaction Program.  The grant was awarded May 1, 2017 for 4 years in the amount of $685,000.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017
Students grow through research

by: Linda Ulrich

Whether students are working toward undergraduate or graduate degrees, opportunities to participate in research are plentiful.


Kaitlyn Cuming is researching the capacity for beef production in Nebraska.

Yichuan Hu is analyzing the effect of the particle size of flours on gut microbial fermentation.

Madeleine Koenig is investigating the molecular mechanisms of fetal alcohol syndrome using drosophila melanogaster as a model system.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
A Nebraska researcher looks back at 50 years of discovery: BTN LiveBIG

By John Tolley, 7 months ago

“When you discover something that nobody else in the world has observed, to me that’s an ultimate high,” – Professor James Van Etten

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Friday, March 24, 2017
Van Etten looks back on half-century of science

After more than 50 years managing his lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, James Van Etten’s passion for research hasn’t waned.
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