Plant Pathology Seminar Schedule for Fall 2021

The Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology is pleased to present the Departmental Seminar series for the Spring 2020 semester. Seminars feature a series of speakers presenting topics related to the plant and crop sciences.

Seminars take place every Wednesday at 3:30 PM in Room A465 Life Science Annex and is open to the everyone who would like to attend. For more information, contact Dr. Zhiyuan Chen at

Date Seminar Speaker Topic
September 1, 2021 Dr. Jake Fountain, Assistant Professor, 
Mississippi State University
"Bringing the omics toolbox to bear on Aspergillus flavus and aflatoxin"
September 8, 2021 Jacob Searight,  Graduate Assistant, 
PPCP, Dr. Jonathan Richards
“A population genomics approach to characterize Cercospora janseana in the southern US”
September 15, 2021 Kensy D. Rodriguez, Graduate Assistant, 
PPCP, Dr. Sara Thomas-Sharma
"Soybean resistance to Rhizoctonia solani (AG 1-1A): Insights on research from rice and other hosts"
September 22, 2021 Kezia Reis, Graduate Assistant, 
PPCP, Dr. Jeff  Hoy
"Effects of seed-treatment chemicals on red rot of sugarcane"
September 29, 2021 Teddy Garcia Aroca, Graduate Assistant, 
PPCP, Drs. Vinson Doyle & Trey Price
"Taproot decline of soybean in the southern United States: Origin, evolution, and etiology of an emerging disease" 
October 6, 2021 Ernesto da Silva, Graduate Assistant,
PPCP, Dr. Vinson Doyle
"Cryptic species and their impact on plant disease management"
October 13, 2021 Spenser Babb-Biernacki, Graduate Assistant,
Biological Science, Dr. Vinson Doyle
"Sequencing the genomes of unculturable fungal symbionts: A case study in Pneumocystis."
October 20, 2021 Rosalie Calderon, Graduate Assistant, 
PPCP, Dr. Jong H. Ham
“Development of innovative methods to promote plant growth and health through microbiome-based strategy: microbial consortia host-phenotype association and network models”
October 27, 2021 Dr. Guoliang Wang, Professor
Dept of Plant Pathology, Ohio State University
"Mitochondrial functions in plant immunity"
November 3, 2021 Caleb Hamm, Graduate Assistant, 
PPCP, Dr. Tristan Watson
"Evaluating potential soil health benefits of non-fumigant nematicides in Louisiana sweetpotato production"
November 10, 2021 Dr. Cris Argueso, Dept of Agricultural Biology, 
Colorado State University
"A double edged sword: cytokinins in disease resistance and susceptibility of plants to pathogens"
November 17, 2021 Chenie Zamora Graduate Assistant, 
PPCP, Dr. Jeff Hoy
"Marker-Trait Association Mapping of Sorghum Mosaic Virus Resistance in Sugarcane"
November 24, 2021 Thanksgiving Holiday No seminar
December 1, 2021 Jobelle Bruno, Graduate Assistant,
PPCP, Dr. Jong H. Ham
"Characterization of Rhizospheric Microbiomes Associated with Sheath Blight Resistance and Susceptible Rice Lines."