Columbia Chronicle (Chicago): Plant virus wilts human brain function
James Van Etten, professor of plant pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, discusses recent findings that a chlorovirus can infect humans, leading to impaired brain function.
Newsweek: American researchers discover "stupidity virus."
James Van Etten, a plant pathologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, discusses the discovery of a virus --previously believed to infect only algae -- in the throats of human participants in an unrelated study. Those infected with the virus were found to perform more slowly on cognitive function tests.
The Inquisitr: Scientists discover virus that makes people more stupid
Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln discovered a virus normally found in freshwater algae also exists in humans. In addition, those with the virus appear to have impaired cognitive performance. Co-author James Van Etten, a plant pathologist at UNL, says more and more studies show microorganisms have a bigger influence on your body than previously predicted.
Stacy Krueger-Hadfield visits PLPT
Dr. Stacy Krueger-Hadfield visited the Department of Plant Pathology November 15 as a invited 2017 FALL 2017 BIOTECHNOLOGY / LIFE SCIENCES SEMINAR SERIES speaker. Dr. Krueger-Hadfield is a Assistant Professor at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her seminar was titled “The Curious Case of Complex Life Cycles: Mating System Variation in Haploid-Diploid Seaweeds” Krueger-Hadfield met with faculty and students during her stay for further discussion during meals and appointments.
CNET: Scientists say there's a virus that makes you stupid
A surprise discovery found that the ATCV-1 virus, which comes from algae, seems to affect human cognition. Previously, it had been thought that humans weren't prone to infection by this virus. James Van Etten, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln plant pathologist involved in the research, says that the virus doesn't appear to be contagious. CNET writer Chris Matyszczyk quips that the virus may explain those days when you can't get things right.
Greeley Tribune: Wheat rust a growing problem for Colorado, Weld County farmers
Wheat rust, a fungal disease that reduced grain production, has raised major concerns among Colorado farmers. The disease is occurring earlier and more widespread than in the past. Stephen Wegulo, an extension plant pathologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said it costs $25 to $30 per acre to treat wheat with a fungicide.
Science Codex: New study shows algae virus can jump to mammalian cells
New research led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has provided the first direct evidence than an algae-infecting virus can invade mammalian cells. "A few years ago, no on I know would have made a prediction like this," said David Dunigan, research professor of plant pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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.