Plant Pathology faculty and students attend 2011 Global Food Security and Plant Biosecurity Symposium

Posted: November 9, 2011

This November, Dr. Gretchen Kuldau, along with graduate students Steve Conaway and Anna Testen, attended the 2011 Global Food Security and Plant Biosecurity Symposium at Southern University and A& M College in Baton Rouge, LA. Nine universities and 10 government units participated in this symposium. Special topics in this symposium included emerging issues in plant biosecurity with a keynote seminar on global food security by Dr. Helene Dillard at Cornell University. There was also a special session which highlighted the contributions of Dr. George Washington Carver to plant pathology and global food security.

During the symposium, Steve presented a poster on his experience in Hawaii and how biological control is perceived by the public in Hawaii.  Anna presented a poster on her first report of quinoa downy mildew in the United States.  Dr. Kuldau presented during the K-12 outreach day on opportunities for women scientists.  Participation in the symposium is part of the ongoing partnership over the past five years between Penn State Plant Pathology and the Urban Forestry program at Southern University in the area of training future scientists in Plant Biosecurity.

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