Anna Testen, Ph.D. student in plant pathology at The Ohio State University, was awarded a research grant from the U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to help support her doctoral research in Tanzania.
Testen, who is studying with professor Sally Miller at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, is developing methods to improve soil health and tomato disease management in the Morogoro Region of Tanzania. The Borlaug Fellowship complements her research funded by USAID's iAGRI project in Tanzania.
Testen earned an M.S. from Penn State University in plant pathology and international agriculture and development, and a B.S. in microbiology and environmental horticulture from the University of Minnesota. At Ohio State, she was awarded a University Fellowship and an OARDC Director’s Associateship for her doctoral studies. Testen is chronicling her Tanzania activities through her online outreach blog (u.osu.edu/testen.2).