Graduate Students Receive Award from Parent Society

We are happy to announce the graduate students have been awarded the first Departmental Plant Pathology Experiential Award from American Phytopathological Society!!!  This award was established with money donated by Don and Judy Mathre.  The purpose is to increase awareness of non-academic career opportunities to grad-students and post-docs through visits to such institutions.  With the money, we will visit several companies and governmental agencies in California following our 2015 Annual APS meeting in Pasadena including: Seminis, Driscoll’s and the USDA.  Additionally we will visit UC Riverside and Davis.  This trip will be a great experience for our students, which will allow us to learn about different career choices and see plant pathogens on crops uncommonly grown in Louisiana including: raspberries, blackberries, grapes, treenuts, cruciforms, etc.  A special thanks to Josi Rezende, Ally Lunos and Rebecca Sweany for writing the application materials.  Thanks to Drs. Datnoff, Ivey and Schneider for editorial support.Josi Rezende Rebecca Sweany Ally Lunos Yen Raruang Sebastian Albu Eduardo Chagas Tomas RushFrom previous trip, pictured in front of U Wisconsin Student Union 2014. Left to right: Josi Rezende, Rebecca Sweany, Ally Lunos, Yen Raruang, Sebastian Albu, Eduardo Chagas, and alum Tomas Rush


Taking a break with the Pelicans

On March 7th, several students traveled to New Orleans to watch the New Orleans Pelicans defeat the Memphis Grizzlies.b-ball game 2015-2It was an exciting basketball game with the Pelicans coming from behind winning the game in the second half with a final score of 95-89.  We also enjoyed some good New Orleans food and cocktails while in town.  Thanks to Sebastian Albu for arranging the trip and Yen Ruraung, Rebecca Sweany and Brian Ward for providing transportation.b-ball game 2015-1

Students present their research at Southern Division APS in Atlanta

At the annual Southern Division American Phytopathological Society meeting in Atlanta (Feb 1&2, 2015), several students from LSU gave oral presentations and posters about their research.  Eduardo Chagas gave an oral presentation discussing his observations of the association (or lack) of Cercospora soybean leaf blight symptoms with cercosporin.   Maryam Shahrtash presented her findings using seed treatments on peppers and tomatoes to control several Xanthomonads.  Rebecca Sweany discussed her findings of volatile interactions between separate cultures of Aspergillus flavus.  Brian Ward presented more of his work looking into minor elements contributing to soybean resistance to rust and Cercospora leaf blight .  Dongfang Hu presented a poster on her RNA-seq data looking into differential gene expression during infection with soybean rust.  Everyone did a great job presenting their research! Graduate students, Sebastian Albu, Mary Helen Ferguson, Teddy Garcia and Ally Lunos were also in attendance.   Our GSA advisor, Ray Schneider was awarded the Outstanding Plant Pathologist Award.  We ran into former students including the current president of Southern Division, Nicole Ward-Gauthier, recent graduates Rebecca Melanson and Jake Fountain and not so recent graduate Baozhu Guo.  All in all we had a nice meeting, learned more about plant pathology and met some new people.Southern Division APS 2015

LSU contingent at APS Southern Division.  Back row starting from the left: Jake Fountain, Ray Schneider, Sebastian Albu, Teddy Garcia, Brian Ward, Melanie Ivey, Rebecca Sweany, Dongfang Hu, Maryam Shahrtash, Clayton Hollier, Baozhu Guo.  Front row starting from the left: Nicole Ward-Gauthier, Mary Helen Ferguson, Lawrence Datnoff, Eduardo Chagas and Rebecca Melanson.