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Congratulations to Neptali Flores in Lab Leveau for being a 2020 NSURP Award winner!

September 23, 2020

Congratulations to Neptali Flores in Lab Leveau for being a 2020 NSURP Award winner! Neptali is a second-year Biology student at San Jose State University and started interning in the lab this summer (remotely) as part of the National Summer Undergraduate Research Project (https://nsurp.org). Click here to see Neptali's award-winning, narrated slide show entitled "A study of IAA catabolizing bacteria".

Graduate student Sara Garcia Figuera wins APS Pacific Division student oral presentation competition

September 15, 2020

Sara Garcia Figuera, a PhD candidate in Neil McRoberts’ group, received the 1st place in the APS Pacific Division student oral presentation competition for her presentation entitled “The dilemma of coordination for huanglongbing management in California”. This year, the Division met virtually in conjunction with the American Phytopathological Society conference (Plant Health 2020 online), and presentations by students who were part of the Division were entered into the competition and judged by a panel.

New fungus named in honor of Prof. Tom Gordon

July 24, 2020

A new fungal species, Leptographium gordonii, was recently named in honor of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Tom Gordon. This species is a member of the Ophiostomatoid fungi found in association with the red turpentine beetle, a bark beetle pest of pine trees. The study is from the lab of M.J. Wingfield, a long-time collaborator of Prof. Gordon, who described the etymology of the name as follows: "Named for Prof.

Professor Gitta Coaker recognized for Graduate Advising and Mentoring

July 13, 2020

Congratulations to Gitta Coaker for receiving a Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Award from the Office of Graduate Studies.  Gitta has served as an academic advisor and member of the Plant Pathology Graduate Affairs Committee for 11 years, and chaired the committee for five years, all the while leading a large research group.  The award acknowledges her excellent service to our graduate program, as well as her positive impact on graduate students and colleagues.

Congratulations to Dr. Bob Johnson

July 13, 2020

Bob Johnson was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Agricultural Science at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Bob completed his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology in spring 2020 under the guidance of David Rizzo.  The focus of his dissertation was the etiology of wood decay diseases in almond and prune trees.  Bob will start his new position in August with teaching responsibilities that include soil science, plant science, plant pathology, and mycology. His research will focus on soil impacts under various grazing systems, small fruit pathology, and mushroom production.

Spotlight on Faculty: Welcome Assistant Professor Sara Dye

July 08, 2020

Our newest addition to the faculty is Dr. Sara Dye, who was officially appointed on July 1.  Sara was selected for the position of Assistant Professor of Teaching after an international search.  She brings a unique skill set to the position.  She received her B.S. in Biological Sciences with Honors in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology in 2017, both degrees from UC Davis.  She also obtained a B.S.

Prof. Joanne Emerson receives DOE Early Career Award!

June 26, 2020

Congratulations to Prof. Joanne Emerson who just received a 5-year U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Award for her research on soil viral ecology and biogeochemistry. The title of her grant is "Infective Viruses and Inert Virions: Illuminating Abundant Unknowns in Terrestrial Biogeochemical Cycles". The $750,000 award will fund research on the chemistry of viral particles and the spatiotemporal dynamics of viruses and their hosts in diverse soils, including in response to fire and changing climate.

Congratulations to Dr. Cassandra Swett

June 04, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Cassandra Swett, Specialist in Cooperative Extension for Vegetable and Field Crop Pathology, on her recent USDA NIFA grant. Cassandra is the lead PI on a four-year $1 Million grant awarded through the AFRI Competitive Grants, Tactical Biosciences for Agricultural Biosecurity program. The title of the grant is Pathogenomics-Based Development of Crop-Specific Diagnostics Tools for Emerging and Expanding Fungal diseases in the U.S.