Victory was ours at Southern Division APS meeting.

Five students traveled to Balm, Florida for the 2016 Southern Division American Phytopathological Society Meeting.  Eduardo Chagas won the student paper competition.  His talk was entitled, “Two symptoms of Cercospora leaf blight of soybean: an indication of two diseases caused by the same pathogen.”  The remaining students also gave great talks, received good feedback and sparked discussions with other scientists.  Ally Lunos gave her first scientific talk at a professional meeting, “Strobilurin resistance of Rhizoctonia solani on rice in southwestern Louisiana appears to exclude trifloxystrobin based on in vitro assay.”  Mary Helen Ferguson presented work from her dissertation research, “Xylella fastidiosa in rabbiteye blueberry in Louisiana is genetically similar to a strain found in Southern highbush blueberry in Georgia.”  Brian Ward presented early work from his dissertation, “Causative agents for the green stem disorder of soybean.” Finally, Rebecca Sweany presented work from her dissertation, “Aspergillus flavus corn strains have higher inoculum potential than soil strains,” and one of her jokes was immortalized in the meeting’s final resolutions.  We ended our meeting by visiting Speedling Incorporated, where Eduardo’s old supervisor, Mark Worley gave us a tour of their facilities in Ruskin, Florida.  We had a great meeting and are excited to get back to work.

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LSU students making friends with some Florida Gators.  LSU Students from the Right, Mary Helen Ferguson, Brian Ward, Ally Lunos, Rebecca Sweany and Eduardo Chagas.

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Students visiting Speedling Inc. 2016