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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Microbial Inoculants for Optimized Plant Nutrient Use in Integrated Pest and Input Management Systems

 Anthony Oyegoke Adesemoye, Gary Yuen, Dexter Brown Watts


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Friday, October 6, 2017

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."

Lauren Segal

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Plant Pathology Professor Awarded Grant to Study the Involvement of Blue Light in Plant Immunity

Jim Alfano, professor in the Department of Plant Pathology has been awarded a two-year, $264,889 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled EAGER: The Involvement of Blue Light in Plant Immunity.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

University grad student authors published paper indicating how effector dampens plant immunity

Lincoln, Neb. — In a paper published Oct. 12 in the scientific journal, Cell Host & Microbe, University of Nebraska–Lincoln graduate student and co-first author, Panya Kim, concludes that destruction of a plant immune co-receptor by an effector injected into plant cells by the pathogen Pseudomonas syringaedampens plant immunity.

The study reveals a virulence strategy by which a plant pathogen effector suppresses the plant immune system by attacking the receptors that are needed to turn on the plant immune response.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Bacterial leaf streak disease confirmed in corn

Lincoln, Neb. — Bacterial leaf streak disease of corn, caused by Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum, has been confirmed in some Nebraska corn fields. The disease had not been previously identified in the United States, but had been reported on corn in South Africa. The bacterium also causes gumming disease in sugarcane in numerous other countries. The species has undergone name changes and is recognized by several other synonyms.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

UNL researchers identify target of disease-causing plant pathogens

Lincoln, Neb. — A new study from a University of Nebraska-Lincoln research team led by plant pathologist Jim Alfano found that a bacterial plant pathogen suppresses a plant's immune system through the action of a protein called HopE1.

While most bacteria are harmless, some inject weapons called type III effectors into plant cells to suppress a plant's immune system. Through millions of years of co-evolution, pathogens identify weak links in the immune system of the plant to target, making the plant more susceptible to disease.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

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 for additional details and to apply. Applicant review begins October 23.

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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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Friday, June 17, 2016

University earns $20M for partnership to improve crop productivity

by Gillian Klucas | Research and Economic Development

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will lead a $20 million, Nebraska-based research effort to improve crop productivity.

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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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