Wed, Sep 9th 2015 at 09:00 am

Vegetable Newsletter #29 has been released - you can read it here.

Visit the Vegetable Pathology website here.

Wed, Sep 9th 2015 at 09:00 am

The Wisconsin Disease Almanac for the week ending September 4, 2015 has been released.

It lists the diseases/disorders identified in the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic for that week.

You can view the almanac here, and visit the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic here.

Fri, Jul 24th 2015 at 11:44 am

Vegetable Newsletter Supplement #3 has been released - you can read it here.

Visit the Vegetable Pathology website here.

Tue, Apr 14th 2015 at 04:55 pm

 The end of the academic year can be very busy and stressful students,
staff, and faculty, with deadlines, exams, and getting field work
launched. However, it's important to reflect on our many successes and
know that our efforts are recognized and rewarded (at least sometimes).
Please reserve Thursday, May 14, 3:30-5 p.m. for the Plant Pathology

Mon, Apr 13th 2015 at 10:11 am

Two PhD students in the MacGuidwin lab recently won highly competitive fellowships:

  • Kanan Kutsuwa won a fellowship from the Japan Student Service Organization
  • Tomas Rush won a Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship
Fri, Apr 3rd 2015 at 04:14 pm

Two Plant Pathology graduate students recently won competitive fellowships.

Joe Spraker from the Keller lab is a recipient of a CALS Thomsen Graduate Fellowship for 2015-16.

Michelle Keller Pearson from the Silva lab is a recipient of an NSF Doctoral Fellowship.

Congratulations to Joe and Michelle!

Tue, Mar 10th 2015 at 12:10 pm

Professor Erin Silva is quoted in the following article about the "Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2015 Status Report" she co-authored:

Wed, Jan 14th 2015 at 04:57 pm

Erin Silva was quoted in this 1/3/2015 Wisconsin Public Radio Garden Talk episode:

Thu, Dec 11th 2014 at 02:58 pm

Jeri Barak was recently named an "Honored Instructor" by students living in UW housing. Honored Instructors is a student initiated program in University Housing in which students recognize instructors who have had an important impact on their learning.

Mon, Nov 24th 2014 at 05:48 pm

Professor Andrew Bent has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the society announced today.

Read the full article on the CALS website:

Thu, Nov 6th 2014 at 03:57 pm

Professor Jeri Barak of Plant Pathology, Professor Russ Groves of Entomology, and Plant Pathology grad student Jose Pablo Soto- Arias  were featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Grow magazine. 

Read the full article here.

Wed, Oct 22nd 2014 at 03:13 pm

From CALS News:

A discovery that could transform drug production and a fresh strategy for feeding a hungry world have claimed top honors from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. One of the winning teams is led by Aurelie Rakotondrafara, the other by Richard Vierstra.

Wed, Oct 1st 2014 at 12:13 pm

PDDC Director Brian Hudelson has won an Academic Staff Council Award for Excellence from UW-Extension.
The prestigious award is presented to academic staff of the University of Wisconsin-Extension to recognize excellence in professional services that not only furthers the work of the nominee’s division, but also exemplifies the Wisconsin Idea.
Learn more about the PDDC on this website.

Fri, Aug 29th 2014 at 10:39 am

Erin Silva is not new to campus, but in case you haven’t heard, she’s a new member of the CALS faculty: She recently moved from her post of associate scientist in the Agronomy Department to that of Assistant Professor in the Plant Pathology Department.

Read the full interview on the eCALS website:

Fri, Aug 29th 2014 at 10:31 am

No matter which type of snow mold is on the ground, timing the application correctly is critical. interviewed Prof. Paul Koch about Snow Mold:

Fri, Aug 29th 2014 at 10:15 am

Profs. Damon Smith and Amanda Gevens were quoted in this article on about the alfalfa mosaic virus, phytophthora plaguing soybeans:

Fri, Aug 29th 2014 at 10:09 am

The Organic Center interviewed Prof. Amy Charkowski:

Mon, Aug 18th 2014 at 03:16 pm

Our own Prof. Amanda Gevens recently discussed late blight on tomato and potato plants - learn more on this webpage.

Wed, Aug 6th 2014 at 12:00 pm
  • The tomato late blight in Milwaukee County was typed as US-23 (A1 mating type, sensitive to mefenoxam/metalaxyl, aggressive on tomato and potato).
  • See detailed information iin this update.
  • Thank you to the students and staff in the Gevens lab for the genotyping work, icluding Kiana Meinholz, Scott Donovan, and Amilcar Sanchez Perez.
Tue, Jul 29th 2014 at 02:49 pm

With assistance from DoIt staff, Plant Pathology Associate Professor Jeri Barak has developed a web-based training tool for her PP 311 course on Global Food Security.
To Eat or Not to Eat lets students role-play as a columnist for an international newspaper.  Their goal is to understand the multiple perspectives behind the humanitarian hunger crisis, the role GMO (genetically-modified food) may play in the conflict, and to consider options to avoid it. 

Fri, May 9th 2014 at 11:47 am

The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching broadly at the assistant professor level for a researcher who studies the ecology or epidemiology of plant-associated microbes through the use of emerging and novel quantitative methods.

Wed, Jul 24th 2013 at 03:34 pm

Professor Ann MacGuidwin was recently awarded the "Fellow Award" from the Society of Nematologists.

You can learn more about Ann on her faculty profile page.

Mon, Jul 1st 2013 at 01:34 pm

PPGC's Relay for Life team raised $4600 for cancer research.


Wed, Jun 12th 2013 at 01:12 pm

Jackson Nyman and Interim Provost WileyCongratulations to Jackson Nyman and the Bent Lab on their recent Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship.

Fri, Jun 7th 2013 at 12:54 pm

Josias Faria (Ph.D.'82) developed transgenic beans immune to Golden Mosaic Virus, a major pest of this key subsistence crop. Dr. Farias is a research director at EMBRAPA, Brazil.

Image: Brazilian bean plants susceptible to Bean Golden Mosaic Virus (foreground) with BGMV-resistant transgenic bean plants (background).

Fri, May 31st 2013 at 02:42 pm

Picture: Quinn WatsonCongratulations to Quinn Watson and the Smith lab on their recent Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship

Fri, May 24th 2013 at 07:26 am

Dr. Jon Jacobs, who completed his Plant Pathology PhD in the Allen lab in Fall 2013, has been awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology.  Jon will be working for two years in Montpellier, France on Xanthomonas-rice interactions with Dr. Sébastien Cunnac at the Institut de recherche pour le développment (IRD).  Congratulations to Jon!

Thu, May 23rd 2013 at 10:25 am

Plant Pathology Ph.D. student Jose Pablo Soto-Arias was selected as a representative of the "Next Generation of Global Agricultural Leaders" to participate in the GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY SYMPOSIUM 2013: "Capitalizing on the Power of Science, Trade, and Business to End Hunger and Poverty". Held in Washington, D.C. May 21, 2013, the symposium united political, academic, business, and civil society leaders to discuss global food and agriculture.

Wed, May 8th 2013 at 11:09 am

Plant Pathology Ph.D. student Alejandra Huerta was awarded a U.S. Borlaug Fellowship in Global Food Security for field research in Taiwan and Bangladesh entitled "Evaluation of Eggplant Rootstock for Resistance to Bacterial Wilt." She's working with researchers at the World Vegetable Center from April to September 2013. "The recipients of U.S.

Thu, Apr 18th 2013 at 08:36 am

The Plant Pathology Graduate Council team ran all night to raise $4,600 for research in the 2013 American Cancer Society's Relay For Life on April 12, 2013.

Tue, Apr 2nd 2013 at 12:40 pm

Congratulations to Adam Bayless, a Ph.D. student in Andrew Bent's lab, who has been awarded a highly competitive National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. Adam joins the four other NSF Predoctoral Fellows working in the Department of Plant Pathology: Alejandra Huerta and Beth Dalsing (Caitilyn Allen's lab), Joe Spraker (Nancy Keller's lab) and Isael Rubio-Salazar (Amy Charkowski's lab). We are extremely proud that five of our current students have earned this high level of national recognition!

Tue, Apr 2nd 2013 at 12:38 pm

Amy Charkowski has been promoted to Full Professor.

Tue, Mar 12th 2013 at 09:07 am

Caitilyn Allen has been named Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society. This recognition is based on significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: original research, teaching, administration, professional and public service, and/or extension and outreach. Typically only about nine out of the roughly 5,000 members of APS are named Fellow each year.

Wed, Feb 20th 2013 at 03:49 pm

Dr. Jeri Barak has been awarded the inaugural Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Advising which is sponsored by the UW-Madison Office of the Director of Undergraduate Advising.  This award honors faculty who are committed to providing excellent academic advising and mentoring of undergraduate students at UW-Madison.

Dr. Barak received $2,000 which is to be used towards advising-related professional development.