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Stewart Lab Undergrads shine at CURC

Stewart Lab undergrads Hope, Sean, Emily, Venezia and Frank presented their respective research projects during the CSU Annual Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase 2020 last 23rd April 2020. This annual showcase “recognizes and honors undergraduate achievements and showcase what they have learned as a result of their scholarly research, scientific inquiry, and/or creative endeavors.” Hope and Sean presented their projects on drippy blight and Biscognauxia pathogens. Emily and Venezia’s research projects were on white pine blister rust and Comandra blister rust hybrids, and thousand canker disease pathogen mating type genes, respectively. Frank also presented his research on potential microbes on martian regolith. Hope was also awarded the CURC Award in the category of College Honors. Awesome job, you guys!

To read their posters, here’s a link to CURC iPoster gallery: https://urs20-csu.ipostersessions.com/Default.aspx?s=csu_2020_gallery

Brad, Jessa win BSPM Graduate Students Awards for 2019

Brad won the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award last 4th December 2019 during the Annual BSPM Graduate Student Awarding and Socials for his exemplary teaching techniques that created an engaging and interactive classroom. Meanwhile, Jessa was awarded the Monty and Jeanice Harrison Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship in Plant Pathology.

(Photo on the left: Brad and his wife Marilyn in Christmas costumes)

Stewart Lab wins WIFDWC travel award; participates June 2019 conferences on forest and plant pathology

John, Jessa, Brad and Dave got the Western International Forest Disease Work Conference (WIFDWC) travel awards to present their research in WIFDWC 2019 at Estes Park, CO last 3-7 June 2019. Jessa and Brad gave talks on their research on emerging needle pathogens and soil microbial communities, respectively. John and Dave presented their posters on Koa wilt and Pine wilt diseases, respectively. Jorge also presented and demonstrated his LAMP assay for white pine blister rust.

Stewart Lab also participated in the American Phytopathological Society (APS) Pacific Division Meeting last 25-27 June 2019. John and Jorge gave oral presentations for their ‘omics research on Fusarium oxysporum and Cytospora leucostoma, respectively. Jessa and Frank presented their posters on potentially new needle pathogen infecting limber pines in CO and on plant inoculations on martian regolith substrate, respectively.

The team was also actively involved in the field trips for WIFDWC and APS.

John bags 2019 CSU scholarship award

Cheers to John for scooping this year’s Margaret T. Irish Family Scholarship! His work on forest plantations and interest to improve plantation production are truly outstanding and deserving for this award. This $2,500.00 award will be a great help for him to pursue excellent research on forest pathology. Kudos!

Stewart Lab to attend International Conferences on Mycology and Plant Pathology 

Several members of the team have been accepted to present their research at the 11th International Mycological Congress (IMC11) on 16-21 July 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the International Conference of Plant Pathology (ICPP) in Boston, Massachussets which will be held on 29 July to 03 August 2018.

Rachael, Jorge and Jessa will present posters entitled “Endophyte communities in limber pine in relation to resistance and susceptibility to white pine blister rust”,”Genome assembly and annotation of Rafaella lauricola: a comparison with other members of the Ophiostomales”, and “Diversity of Potential Emerging Pathogens of Conifers in Colorado, USA”, respectively, at IMC11. Meanwhile, Brad, Jorge, Rachael and Stephan will be attending the ICPP.

Brad and Jorge will give talks on “Changes in soil microbial communities associated with Armillaria root disease of western white pine (Pinus monticola)” and “Development of a rapid and sensitive ddPCR method for detection of Cytospora leucostoma in peach orchards”, respectively. Rachael and Stephan will present their posters about sustained water stress increasing black walnut susceptibility to the pathogen Geosmithia morbida, and the epidemiology of Cytospora leucostoma which is a major limiting factor for Colorado peach production, respectively.

IMC11 is sponsored by the Mycological Society of America, the Latin American Mycological Association, the Puerto Rican Mycological Society, University del Turabo and Meet Puerto Rico. This Congress, which is held every four years, carries the theme “Mycological Discoveries for a Better World” for this year. ICPP is sponsored by the International Society for Plant Pathology and organized by the American Phytopathological Society. ICPP 2018 presentations will cover a diverse range of research on genomics to epidemiology, which affect plant health at a local and global scale.

Stephan bags the Howard Schwartz Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management

Stephan bagged the Howard Schwartz Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management during the 2017 Winter Socials and Awards Ceremony. The Awards Committee was impressed by Stephan’s commitment to communicate his research with the agricultural community of Colorado and the broader scientific community. The Howard Schwartz Award is given to students who possess an exceptional dedication to research and extension. The Socials and Awards Ceremony is usually held at the end of the semester and organized by the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management. (Photo credit: BSPM)

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