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Department of Plant Pathology


Archives 2016-2018

Autumn 2018

PLNTPTH 8899.  Seminars are TUESDAYS, 4:10 - 5:05 pm.  Kottman 244 (Columbus) and Fisher 121 (Wooster).  Open to all interested.  Seminar coordinators are Jonathan Jacobs (  in Columbus, and Pierce Paul ( in Wooster.  All are welcome to attend.

Aug. 21, 2018
Dr. Monica Lewandowski, Department of Plant Pathology, Ohio State
Graduate Students: "First Friday," "15th Day," and Other Terms You Should Know

Aug. 28, 2018
Dr. Laurence Madden, Department of Plant Pathology, Ohio State
Meta-analysis for evidence synthesis in Plant Pathology

Sept. 4, 2018
Dr. Bryan Penning, USDA - Wooster
Difference in the historic soft winter wheat diversity panel

Sept. 11, 2018
Mr. Kent McGuire, CFAES Safety, Ohio State
An overview of the CFAES Safety Program for faculty, staff, and students. This including guidelines and resources for lab safety, field research safety, and equipment safety that is specific to our college and works in conjunction with the OSU Environmental Health and Safety Office

Sept. 18, 2018
Dr. Clay Sneller, Department of Horticulture and Crop Sciences, Ohio State
Breeding for quantitative resistance: Lessoned I’ve learned from Fusarium Head Blight

Sept. 25, 2018
Dr. Romina Gazis-Seregina, University of Florida, IFAS
Lab to Farm: Translating Fungal Biology Research for the Improvement of Plant Disease Management

Oct. 2, 2018
Dr. Pauline Bernardo, Ohio State/USDA
Investigating Maize chlorotic mottle virus transmission through seed

Oct. 9, 2018
Dr. Alvaro Perez-Quintero, Colorado State University
Functional and evolutionary analysis of TAL effectors

Oct. 16, 2018
Dr. Samantha Thomas, Monsanto Co.
The Challenge of being a Seed Pathologist: Dispensing Misconceptions while Traveling the World

Oct. 23, 2018
Dr. Andrew Michel, Department of Entomology, Ohio State
Soybean Aphid Adaptation to Aphid-Resistant Soybean

Oct. 30, 2018
Rachel Capouya, PhD candidate, Plant Pathology, Ohio State (T. Mitchell, advisor)
PhD Exit Seminar: Analysis of microbial communities in three diverse commodity systems

Nov. 6
Travel cancellation
Dr. Felicia Wu, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, Michigan State
Bt Corn and Aflatoxin Reduction: US Corn Grower Data and Why It Matters Globally

Nov 13, 2018
Dr. Annie R. Specht, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education and Leadership, Ohio State
Pictures Worth a Thousand Words: Data Visualization for Science Communicators

Nov. 20, 2018
Harry Warner, Counseling and Consultation Services, Ohio State
Strategies for Wellness and Mental Health During Graduate School

Nov. 27, 2018
Dr. Neil McRoberts, Ohio State
Applications of Information Theory to Plant Disease Epidemiology

Dec. 4, 2018
Dr. Caterina Villari, Assistant Professor, Forest Pathology, University of Georgia
My first two years as a faculty: what I learnt and how I survived so far


Spring 2018

PLNTPTH 8899.  Seminars are MONDAYS, 3:00 - 3:55 pm.  Kottman 244 (Columbus) and Fisher 121 (Wooster).  Open to all interested.  Seminar coordinators are Monica Lewandowski ( in Columbus, and M. Soledad Benitez Ponce ( in Wooster.

Jan. 8, 2018
Cindy Folk, OSU Extension. Title: “Farmers’ Perceptions of Crop Damage from Herbicide Drift.” This was her PhD Exit Seminar presented in Autumn 2017 for the Department of Agricultural Communications, Education, and Leadership

Jan. 15 - No Seminar, Martin Luther King holiday.  Offices closed, no classes.

Jan. 22, 2018
Scott Adkins, USDA ARS, U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory, Fort Pierce, Florida. OSU Invited Alumni Speaker. To be rescheduled.

Jan. 29, 2018
Anne Dorrance, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology.

Feb. 5, 2018
Dr. Tofazzal Islam, Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Gazipur and Fulbright Scholar, West Virginia University.  Novel approaches to tackle the worrisome wheat blast in Bangladesh and beyond (hosted by Guo-Liang Wang)

Feb. 12, 2018
Alison Bennett, Assistant Professor, Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology. Multi-species interactions, soil/root microbiomes, evolutionary ecology. Speaker in Columbus.

Feb. 19, 2018
Jorge David Salgado, Department of Plant Pathology

Feb. 26, 2018
Andrew White, York University, Canada (hosted by Feng Qu)

March 5, 2018
Brantlee Spakes Richter, Senior Lecturer University of Florida. Teaching, Learning and Assessment Invited Speaker. Dr. Spakes Richter will discuss plant pathology education and the recent findings from an APS survey on introductory plant pathology coursework and employer expecations on content knowledge and skills. Brantlee will present the seminar in Columbus on March 5 and visit Wooster on March 6.

March 12 - No seminar, Spring Break.  University offices are open, no classes.

March 19, 2018
William Turechek, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA ARS, U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory, Fort Pierce, Florida. OSU Alumni Invited Speaker. (Hosted by PPGSA)

March 26, 2018
Dominique Tate, Ph.D. Exit Seminar.  (T. Mitchell, advisor)

April 2, 2018
Pengfei Bai, PhD Exit Seminar (G-L Wang, advisor)

April 9, 2018
Miguel Vega Sanchez, Regulatory Affairs Pipeline Strategy Manager, Insect Control and Gene Editing, Monsanto Company. OSU Alumni Invited Speaker.

April 16, 2018
Donald Gillis, Univ. of Georgia, Ph.D. student.  OSU Alumni Invited Speaker.

April 23, 2018
Rosa Raudales, Assistant Professor of Horticulture and Greenhouse Extension Specialist.  University of Connecticut.  OSU Alumni Invited Speaker.

April 30, 2018
Scott Adkins, USDA ARS, U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory, Fort Pierce, Florida. OSU Invited Alumni Speaker.  Buckeye: A Hairless Nut of Little or No Commercial Value.  Reflections of a 2-time Buckeye plant pathology graduate on his 13 year sojourn through the Big 10. And subsequent life as a USDA-ARS virologist in Florida. With a healthy dose of APS volunteerism thrown in!

Plant Pathology Seminar Series (below)

Department of Plant Pathology (PLNTPTH 8899)

Autumn 2017
Tuesdays, 1:15 - 2:15 pm.  Kotmann 244 (Columbus) and Fisher 121 (Wooster)

Aug 22, 2017 - Monica Lewandowski and Enrico Bonello - Grad deadlines; Elevator pitches (how to answer the question, what do you do?)

Aug 29 - Monica Lewandowski, Genetic Engineering: What's in the News (speaker in Columbus)

Sept. 5 - Jay Hobgood, Committee for Academic Misconduct, OSU (speaker in Columbus)

Sept. 12 - Randall Rowe, Professor Emeritus, Plant Pathology.  135 years of plant pathology at The Ohio State University - A long and distinguished record.  (speaker in Wooster)

Sept. 19  Meagan Buren; Ruth Milligan.  Articulation, Inc.  Specializing in Executive Communication, Presentation, Storytelling and Content Framing.  Consultant to TEDx events and speakers.  (speaker in Columbus)

Sept. 26 - Jaqueline Huzar Novakowiski, PhD exit seminar.  (Anne Dorrance, PhD advisor) (speaker in Wooster)

Oct. 3 - Jessica Bugg, Ph.D.  Field Development Tech. Consultant DuPont Crop Protection. (speaker in Columbus)
OSU Alumni Invited Speaker

Oct. 10  Cancelled

Oct. 17   Sydney Everhart, Univ. of Nebraska (Anne Dorrance, host) (speaker in Wooster). Causes and Consequences of Population Genetic Variation in Sclerotinia sclerotiorum

Oct. 24 - No seminar.

Oct. 31 - To be announced

Nov. 7 - To be announced

Nov. 14 - Justin Morse, The Shaker Array: A prototype for applying beneficial mites in greenhouse production, MPHM Exit Seminar
Jiaxuan Tian, Efficacy testing for pesticides targeting greenhouse invertebrate pests.  MPHM Exit Seminar.
(Luis Canas, advisor)

Nov. 21 - Anna Conrad - postdoctoral researcher, Metabolomics approaches for tracking biotic and abiotic stress performance in forest and fruit trees.  (speaker in Columbus)
OSU Alumni Invited Speaker

Nov. 28 - Jeff Schachterle, graduate student, Michigan State.  Regulation of flagellar motility by the small RNA ArcZ in the fire blight pathogen, Erwinia amylovora.  Plant Pathology Graduate Students Association, student exchange speaker (speaker in Wooster).  (PPGSA contact: Felipe Dalla Lana da Silva)

Dec. 5 - Priscila Chaverri, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland.  Ecology, systematics and application of the endophytic mycobiome in agriculturally important tropical plants: Hevea and Coffea (Jason Slot, host)


Spring 2018

  • Mondays, 3:00-3:55 pm
    Kottman Hall 244 (Columbus) and Fisher 121 (Wooster).


Previous Seminars

Seminar Schedule Spring 2017

January 9, 2016
Sarah Williams, Academic Program Specialist, Ohio State Department of Plant Pathology
Carmen Canvas Basic Training

January 16
Martin Luther King Holiday, no classes; university closed

January 23
Enrico Bonello and Monica Lewandowski, Ohio State Department of Plant Pathology
Grad Updates for 2017

January 30
Vinod Vijayakumar, postdoctoral scientist, Ohio State Department of Plant Pathology
Fungal Catabolism of Host-derived Compounds: Defense as a Form of Attack

February 6
Tim Watson, Director, Graduation Services, Graduate School
Graduation and Examination Processes

February 13
Zhongtang Yu, Professor, Ohio State Department of Animal Scences
Gut Microbiome in Host Nutrition and Health of Food Animals

February 20
Keith Slotkin, Associate Professor, Ohio State Department of Molecular Genetics
Establishment of Heterochromatin: How the Cell Recognizes and Triggers Transposable Elements for Trans-generational Silencing

February 27
Elizabeth Long, Assistant Professor, Ohio State Department of Entomology
Indirect Effects of Natural Enemies on a Vector-borne Plant Pathogen

March 6
Francesca Hand, Assistant Professor, Ohio State Department of Entomology
From Grapes to Buckeyes: An Evolving Journey

March 13
Spring break, no seminar

March 20
Megan Hall, graduate student, Cornell University Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Understanding and Developing Management Strategies for Sour Rot on Grapes
Part of a graduate student seminar exchange series

March 27
Nathan Kleczewski, Extension Field Crops Plant Pathologist, University of Delaware, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
OSU Alumni Invited Speaker

April 3
Kristin Oomen, Bejo Seed Inc.

April 10
Dave Mackey, Professor, Ohio State
Perturbation of the Host Plant Environment by a Conserved Family of Bacterial Virulence Effectors

April 17
Annette Wszelaki, Extension Vegetable Specialist, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
OSU Alumni Invited Speaker
More than Meets the Eye: Biodegradable Mulch as an Alternative to Black Plastic Mulch in Specialty Crop Production

April 24
Sara Klee, PhD candidate, Penn State Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
Virulence Mutants of Erwinia amylovora Providing Insight into Pathogenicity and Basic Cellular Biology
Part of a graduate student seminar exchange series

Seminar Schedule

Autumn 2016

August 30, 2016
Pierluigi (Enrico) Bonello, Professor, Graduate Studies Chair, Department of Plant Pathology, Ohio State
Graduate Student Overview

Sept. 6, 2016
Ruyi Wang, Visiting Scholar, Department of Plant Pathology, Ohio State
Immunity to Rice Blast Disease by Suppression of Effector-Triggered Necrosis

September 13, 2016
Jay Habgood, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Ohio State
Academic Integrity and The Committee on Academic Misconduct

September 20, 2016
PPGSA Exchange Seminar

September 27, 2016
Heping Zhu, USDA ARS Research Agricultural Engineer and Adjunct Professor, Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, Ohio State
Advancement of spray application technologies at USDA-ARS-ATRU

October 4, 2016
Ying Wang, Department of Molecular Genetics, Ohio State
A land plant-specific transcription factor directly enhances DNA-dependent RNA Polymerase II transcription on a pathogenic non-coding RNA template

October 11, 2016
Desheng Liu, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Ohio State
Applications of geospatial technologies in forest pathology

October 18, 2016
Carl Bradley, Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Kentucky
Detection and management of QoI-resistant strains of Cercospora sojina, causal agent of frogeye leaf spot of soybean

October 25, 2016
Xin Li, Professor, Department of Botany, University of British Columbia
Regulation of plant disease resistance proteins

November 1, 2016 CANCELLED.  Reschedule date TBD.
Dominique Tate, PhD candidate, Plant Pathology, Ohio State (TK Mitchell, advisor)
Understanding the molecular underpinnings of virulence in the rice blast pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae

November 8, 2016
Anna Testen, PhD candidate, Plant Pathology, Ohio State (S Miller, advisor)
Participatory Research to Improve Soil and Plant Health on Tomato Farms in Morogoro Tanzania

November 15, 2016
Peter Curtis, Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, Ohio State
Forest canopy structural complexity and managing for climate change mitigation

November 22, 2016
Phytobacteriology candidate search

November 29, 2016
Phytobacteriology candidate search

December 6, 2016
Phytobacteriology candidate search

December 13, 2016
Phytobacteriology candidate search


Spring 2016

Jan 14, 2016

Josh Blakeslee
Assistant Professor of Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University
Metabolomic eavesdropping: intercepting the chemical signals of plant-microbe interactions


Jan 21, 2016

Sarah Elvey
Grants Coordinator, Grants Development Support Unit, The Ohio State University
Funding Resources for Graduate Students


Jan 28, 2016

Gireesh Rajashekara
Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, The Ohio State University
Small molecules, a potential novel strategies to control phytopathogens and foodborne pathogens in fresh produce


Feb 4, 2016

Michelle Cleary
Researcher, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Ashes to Ashes: the demise of European Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) caused by the alien invasive pathogen Hymenoscyphus fraxineus


Feb 11, 2016

Melissa Mitchum

Associate Professor, Division of Plant Sciences and Bond Life Sciences Center, University of Missouri

Leveraging Omics Tools and Technologies to Understand the Soybean Cyst Nematode-Soybean Interaction


Feb 18, 2016

Kelly Wrighton

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Biophysics, Ohio State

New roles in rumen hemicellulose degradation for the prevalent and uncultivated Bacteroidetes family BS11.


Feb 25, 2016

Heather Marella

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Bridgewater State University

Root-knot nematode infection of Arabidopsis thaliana is mediated by MscS-Like mechanosensitive channels.


March 3, 2016

Paul Zorner

President and General Manager, Locus Agricultural Solutions

Adjunct Professor of Horticulture, North Carolina State University

Constructing a Thriving Career for the Future:  The World Needs Your Contribution to Agricultural Productivity – However You Choose to Make It


March 10, 2016

Monica Lewandowski and Enrico Bonello

Grad Program News, Summer Registration, and Communicating the Impact of your Work


March 17, 2016

Spring Break, no seminar


March 24, 2016

Ellie Walsh

Graduate student in Plant Pathology, Taylor Lab

The suppression of RNA silencing during nematode parasitism


March 13, 2016

Randall R. Johnson (PPGSA Invited Speaker)

Fl. Station Branch Manager / Plant pathologist, Sakata Seeds America, Inc.

Applied Plant Pathologist: An Endangered Species?


April 7, 2016

Hazel Barton

Professor, Department of Biology, University of Akron