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Adjunct Faculty Member Seong Hwan Kim Retires

Posted: April 2, 2016

Dr. Seong Hwan Kim, Plant Pathologist Supervisor at the PA Dept. of Agriculture and PPEM Adjunct Faculty, retired on April 1.
Dr. Seong Hwan Kim | Image: Seogchan Kang

Dr. Seong Hwan Kim | Image: Seogchan Kang

Dr. Seong Hwan Kim, Plant Pathologist Supervisor at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) and adjunct faculty of PPEM, retired on April 1, 2016, after forty-three years of dedicated work to protect Pennsylvania agriculture and environment from the negative impacts of plant disease.

A large group of colleagues, collaborators, and friends joined to celebrate Dr. Kim and his productive career on March 31.  Drs. Seogchan Kang and Gary Moorman were in attendance and conveyed appreciation on behalf of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) for his variety of contributions to the department.  

Dr. Kim completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant pathology at the University of Delaware (1968) and the University of Maryland (1972), respectively, focusing on developing and evaluating fungicide programs for diseases of tomato, pepper, cantaloupe, and snap beans.  In 1972, he was hired by PDA and tasked with reestablishing and running the Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (PDDL).

Plant pathologists in state departments of agriculture serve as indispensible sentinels and the first line of defense against a diverse array of invasive pathogens and pests.  Dr. Kim’s work has enhanced agricultural and environmental security at both the state and national levels and has been instrumental for making PDDL a nationally-recognized resource for plant disease diagnostics, information supporting regulatory actions, and research materials.

One of his important contributions was a career-long effort to preserve pathogen cultures originated from inspection/diagnosis work and associated data and to conduct research based on these cultures.  His work based on this unique resource has helped understand the temporal and spatial dynamics of various pathogens in the state, control many disease problems, and recognize the presence of novel invasive pathogens.  He also has helped multiple industries to implement control measures via thorough investigations that identified pathogen inoculum sources.

Dr. Seong Hwan Kim (Right)

Image: Seogchan Kang

Dr. Seong Hwan Kim

Image: Seogchan Kang

Dr. Seong Hwan Kim

Image: Seogchan Kang

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Seogchan Kang, Ph.D.
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