Getson Reports on NED-APS Annual Meeting

Posted: October 22, 2016

Undergraduate Sara Getson reports on the Northeastern Division of the American Phytopathological Society's annual meeting held Oct. 19-21.
Image: Charlotte Getson

Image: Charlotte Getson

Thanks to the support of her research project advisers Drs. Gretchen Kuldau and John Pecchia, as well as Department Head Dr. Carolee Bull, Sara Getson had the honor of attending the 76th Annual American Phytopathological Society’s Northeastern Division (NED-APS) meeting October 19-21, 2016, in Ithaca, New York. Not only did she attend this meeting, but she also had the opportunity to present the background and progress made on her research project involving mycotoxin, deoxynivalenol, and mushroom cultivation. Getson's seminar was titled "Do mycotoxins in mushroom substrate accumulate in Agaricus bisporus basidiocarps?"

Sara was the only undergraduate student in attendance at the regional meeting and enjoyed the opportunity to present as part of the third session of the graduate student award competition. “It was just amazing to be able to share my research with so many awesome plant pathologists outside of Penn State and hear their questions and comments. This actually helps me to see aspects of my project that I may not have thought about before or perhaps not in that particular way,” she said. “How amazing is it to get such an array of thoughts on your project? It was such a great opportunity to be able to meet a whole range of new people who are just as nerdy as I am. As an undergraduate student, I cannot even express how enlightening this was and how much I was able to learn about the 'real world' of plant pathology and the current projects and challenges being worked on."

Dr. Yinong Yang presented in the meeting's Symposium: From Sequences to Disease Management: Taking What We Learn at the Bench to the Field with his seminar titled, "CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing and its broad applications in plant pathology and crop breeding."

M.S. student Jennie Mazzone presented in the meeting's first session of the graduate student award competition with her seminar titled, "Optimizing the timing and rate of nitrogen application to reduce onion center rot losses in Pennsylvania."