Spring 2024 Seminars

Seminars are held Tuesdays at 3:30pm in room 584 Russell Labs (Plant Pathology Library), unless otherwise noted.

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Seminar contact:  Prof. Aurelie Rakotondrafara

Prior Seminars

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+Fall 2023


+Spring 2023
Date Presenter Title
Jan. 31 Dr. Korsi Dumenyo (Tennessee State University) The other bacterial wilt: pathogenesis of Erwinia tracheiphila on cucurbits
Feb. 7 Ana Maria Vazquez-Catoni Evaluating the influence of endophytic and pathogenic microorganisms on the success of two vegetatively propagated crops: potato and cranberry
Feb. 14 No seminar (faculty candidate interviews)  
Feb. 21 Dr. Samuel Miller (University of Chicago) Insights into microbial protein evolution and translational regulation through the multi-omics software platform, Anvi’o
Feb. 28    
Mar. 7 Austin VanDenTop Investigating the role of SQUAMOSA promoter-binding proteins in plant Programmed Cell Death regulation
Mar. 14 No seminar (Spring Break)  
Mar. 21 Nicholas Rajtar, University of Minnesota Bio-surveillance of Invasive Forest Pathogens in Minnesota
Mar. 28 Dr. Nancy Keller Ecologically relevant secondary metabolites in microbial communication
April 4 Brandon Roy, Cornell University Profiling plant proteome and transcriptome changes during grapevine fanleaf virus infection
April 11    
April 18 Dr. Katie Gold (Cornell University) Plant Disease Sensing: Studying Plant Pathogen Interactions at Scale
April 20 Evan Lozano Epidemiology and management of cranberry fruit rot in Wisconsin (4:00 PM. Rm 184)
April 25 Maxwell Chibuogwu Understanding Gibberella diseases of Zea mays and management strategies for reducing deoxynivalenol (DON) in silage corn
April 27 Owen Washam Organic Celery Powder: A Meat Curing Agent for Organic Processors (1:00 PM, Rm 216)
May 4 Adam Bigott  
+Fall 2022
Date Presenter Title
9/13/2022 Helena Jaramillo Mesa Deconstructing the TriMV IRES: identifying the functional elements required for translation
10/18/2022 Joshua Pultorak Tiny Earth Project – report and discussion
10/25/2022 Zach Zalewski Exploring and capitalizing on genotypic variation of the oat microbiome
11/1/2022 Wade Webster Modernizing integrated management practices for Sclerotinia stem rot of soybean
11/8/2022 Bridget O’Banion, Dept Microbiology U. Tennessee-Knoxville Disentangling the plant microbiome: Identifying host and microbial colonization determinants
11/15/2022 Daniel Lindner, USFS An introduction to the Center for Forest Mycology Research, a mycological resource on campus
11/22/2022 Shannon Piper Host and heavy metal determinants of Aster Yellows Phytoplasma disease dynamics
11/29/2022 No seminar  
12/6/2022 No seminar  
12/13/2022 Jose Sanchez Bioactive Treatments to Improve Crop Productivity
+Spring 2022
+Fall 2021
Date Presenter Title
9/14/2021 Zac Freedman, Assistant Professor, Department of Soil Science, UW-Madison Bringing marginal lands to the center of bioenergy crop production by harnessing the power of the microbiome
9/21/2021 Scott Harper, Assistant Professor, Director of the Clean Plant Center Northwest, Washington State University Two viruses and a phytoplasma – the parallel outbreak of Little cherry and X-disease in the Pacific Northwest
9/28/2021 Adriana Romero-Olivares, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, New Mexico State University Fungal responses to climate change: how tiny fungal genes affect large ecosystems
10/5/2021 Alejandra Huerta, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, NCSU Rhs toxin diversity and function in strain os the Ralstonia solanacearum species complex
10/12/2021 Edel Perez Lopez, Assistant Professor of Phytopathology, Département de Phytologie, Université Laval Redefining clubroot pathotyping in response to canola growers needs
10/19/2021 Afona Irabor, Graduate Student, Gevens Lab Enhancing soil health in potato production systems
10/26/2021 Cara Haney, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia Unearthing mechanisms in plant-microbiome interactions
11/2/2021 Adam Biggott, Graduate Student, Lankau and Allen Labs
Investigating Bacterial Communities Associated with Transgenic Disease Resistance in Tomato
11/9/2021 NO SEMINAR  
11/16/2021 Yulin Du, Graduate Student, Bent Lab  
11/23/2021 Mohammad Arif, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant & Environmental Protection Sciences, University of Hawaii
Note: 11/23 is the day before Thanksgiving break
11/30/2021 Alison Robertson, Professor, Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Iowa State University Seedling disease risk associated with planting corn into a green winter cereal rye cover crop”
12/7/2021 Mark Gleason, Professor, Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Iowa State University Do mesotunnels make sense for organic cucurbit production?
12/14/2021 NO SEMINAR  
+Spring 2021

Seminars are held Tuesdays at 3:30 in 150 Russell Labs, unless otherwise noted.

Date Speaker/Institution Title of Seminar
Jan. 26 NO SEMINAR  
Feb. 2 Led by Dr. Valerie Young Rethinking Impostor Syndrome:  An interactive program
Feb. 9    
Feb. 16 Sanju Kunwar
UW-Madison Plant Pathology, Allen Lab
Ralstonia solanacearum effector RipBN breaks EFR-mediated resistance by suppressing PTI
Feb. 23 Tiffany Lowe-Power
UW-Madison Plant Pathology, Allen Lab
Using high-throughput genetics (RB-TnSeq) to map the fitness landscape of plant pathogenic Ralstonia
Mar. 2 Luna Sanchez-Reyes
University of California-Merced
Mar. 9 Dr. Christy Clark-Pujara, Associate Prof and Director of Graduate Studies
UW-Madison Dept. of Afro-American Studies
Black on the Wisconsin Frontier from Slavery to Suffrage
Mar. 16 Dr. Markus Brauer  
Mar. 23 David Wheeler  
Apr. 6 Nandhitha Venkatesh  
Apr. 13 Tina Wu  
Apr. 15
Christina Zambrana-Echevarria  
Apr. 20 Breanne Krissalstein From Good to Grape (Great): the progression of metagenomic research on the obligate biotroph, Erysiphe necator, and how these studies can influence our ability to manage the disease more effectively
Apr. 27 Brian Schafer  
Apr. 29 Wade Webster  
May 4