PPCP GSA students go to California and return as movie stars!!!

Several students from LSU’s Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology Department toured around California to learn about plant pathology problems in agriculture after the American Phytopathology Society’s annual meeting in Pasadena, California.  Eduardo Chagas has made a video of our trip.  Please, follow the link below to watch learning in action.  Briefly, we traveled to Semenis Inc. in Oxnard, Cal Poly Strawberry Center in San Luis, Dow Agro Sciences in Fresno, Driscoll’s in Watsonville, USDA Research Station in Salinas, U.C. Davis and Langetwins Family Winery and Vineyards in Lodi.  In all, Sebastian Albu, Adam Bigott, Eduardo Chagas, Dongfang Hu, Ally Lunos, Jingyu Peng, Yen Raruang, Josi Rezende and Rebecca Sweany attended to the trip.  Thanks to APS, College of Ag, Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Ken Damann, Clayton Hollier, Jeff Hoy, and Ray Schneider for financial support.  We came back to Louisiana as experts on California agriculture and after everyone shares our video…..movie stars!!!  Stay tuned for our full report of the trip in a future blog post. 

LSU Plant Pathology California Educational Tour

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Another successful summer sharing program down the hatch!!!

For the second year in a row, the LSU PPCP graduate students organized the Summer Technical Sharing Sessions.  This year demonstrations/lectures were presented by 11 students.  Topics ranged from proteomics to using computer programs to measure colony diameters.  We had good attendance in most of our sessions.  We learned an important lesson: techniques should be very different from ones taught in labs and classes, otherwise there is little student interest and very low attendance.  To encourage participation by students using common techniques, it may be better for students to give a presentation on how they used those techniques to answer important plant pathology questions.

The summer sharing sessions began on June 9th and ended on August 17th.  Here is a list of presenters and their topics:

Nike Omolehin, Daniel Debona and Dr. Han, “2‐D Gel electrophoresis with IPG strips: an invaluable discovery in proteomics”

Rebecca Sweany, “Large-­scale production of Aspergillus flavus conidia for field inoculations”
Ally Lunos, “Assess 2.0 software can digitally measure fungal colony size”

Mary Helen Ferguson, “Inoculating a xylem‐limited pathogen into a woody plant”

Jingyu Peng, “Phylogenetic study with Linux HPC: free, fast and powerful”

Manjula Kularathna, “Sampling and extraction of plant parasitic nematodes”

Eduardo Chagas, “How to apply treatments to soybean leaves in vitro while not disrupting the water column in the leaves”

Ton Khankhum and Cesar Escalante, “Modified method for viral dsRNA extraction”

Marija Zivanovic, “Primer design for PCR and cloning”

Thanks to all of the students who presented and attended the sessions!!!  Especially thanks to Ally Lunos for organizing the Summer Sharing Technical Sessions.  We learned a lot and are better for it!

Nike Omolehin teaching Alejandra Jimenez how to rehydrate IPG stripes for proteomics.  Pictured with Jorge Reyes and Cesear Escalante.

Nike Omolehin teaching Alejandra Jimenez how to rehydrate IPG stripes for proteomics. Pictured with Jorge Reyes and Cesear Escalante.

Ally Lunos demonstrating Assess to measure colony size.

Ally Lunos demonstrating Assess to measure colony size.

Eduardo Chagas explaining the water column in plant vascular tissue.

Eduardo Chagas explaining the water column in plant vascular tissue.

Rebecca Sweany helps Alejandra Jimenez and other students suspend conidia.

Rebecca Sweany helping Alejandra Jimenez and other students suspend conidia.

LSU travels to APS annual meeting in Pasadena

Come check out the exciting research LSU’s students are doing at the Annual American Phytopathological Society meeting, August 1-5th in Pasadena, CA. Three of our students will be giving oral presentations: Rebecca Sweany on Sunday at 2:45 P.M (Ballroom C), Josielle Rezende on Monday at 10:45 A.M. (Ballroom G) and Jingyu Peng on Wednesday at 1:30 P.M. (Ballroom B).

On behalf of the PPCP GSA, Jingyu Peng will be presenting a poster (co-authored by Ally Lunos and Rebecca Sweany) about the summer technical sharing program the GSA organized in 2014 and again in 2015.  The poster number is 804 and we’ll be standing by the poster from 5-6 on Monday.  We’ll be highlighting lab demonstrations presented by students from various research groups in 2014.

Several students will also present posters: Ally Lunos 274 and Sanjay Pokhrel 296 on Monday from 4-5; Adam Bigott 642 and Dongfang Hu 746 on Monday 5-6; Eduardo Chagas 35 and Yen Raruang 365 on Tuesday 4-5.

Come check out the excellent work our students have been up to.  Geaux Tigers!!!!!