Seminar Series

Spring 2022 Seminars

All seminars will be held at 3 PM on Mondays at the following locations unless otherwise noted:  


January 10, 2022

Adaptation of a Parasite to its Host Nematode

Dr. Patricia Timper
Research Plant Pathologist
USDA-ARS Crop Genetics and Breeding Research, Tifton

January 17, 2022


January 24, 2022

Fundamental and Translational Research for Managing Insect-Transmitted Viruses in Horticultural and Row Cropping Systems in Georgia

Dr. Sudeep Bag
Assistant Professor- Crop Virology
University of Georgia, Tifton, GA


January 31, 2022

Poultry Plant Pathology

Dr. Scott Gold
Research Plant Pathologist
USDA-ARS Toxicology & Mycotoxin Research,  Athens, GA

February 7, 2022

Microbiome on Apple Flowers and its Impact to Plant Disease
Dr. Quan Zeng
Associate Scientist
Department of Plant Pathology & Ecology
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven CT

February 14, 2022

Etiology and Management of Dollar Spot in Turfgrasses

Dr. Bochra Bahri
Assistant Professor, Turfgrass and Forage Pathology
University of Georgia, Griffin, GA

February 21, 2022

Signaling Crosstalk between Plant Defense and Growth

Dr. Li Yang
Assistant Professor-Plant Immunity
University of Georgia, Athens, GA

February 28, 2022

The Ecology of Plant-Microbe Interactions in a Changing World

Dr. Anny Chung
Assistant Professor- Haines Family Assistant Professor- Plant Ecology
University of Georgia, Athens, GA

March 7, 2022



March 14, 2022

Deciphering Downstream Components of Nematode CLE Peptide Signaling
Dr. Xunliang Liu
Post-doctoral Associate Mitchum Lab
Plant Pathology, Athens, GA

March 21, 2022

Seminar Cancelled

March 28, 2022

Sensing and Imaging for Plant Disease Detection and Characterization – Application to the Enigmatic Cotton Leafroll Dwarf Virus

Justice Ruwona
MS Exit Seminar

April 4, 2022 <Seminar has been cancelled>

A New Source of Resistance to Rust (Puccinia arachidis) in Peanut (Arachis hypogea) Derived from Wild Peanut Relative Arachis batizocoi
Kate Costello
MS Exit Seminar

April 11, 2022

Deciphering the Mechanisms of Soybean Cyst Nematode Adaptation to the Non-Host Crop Plant Tomato

Makayla Mitchell
MS Exit Seminar

April 14, 2022 <Note Special Time 9 AM, location in Athens Room 2108>

Exploring population diversity of Fusarium species and genetics of Fusarium head blight resistance in soft red winter wheat

Bikash Ghimire
PhD Exit Seminar

April 18, 2022

Plant-Parasitic Nematode Population Dynamics and Their Seasonal Management Using Cover Crops in South Georgia Vegetable Production Systems

Josiah Marquez
PhD Exit Seminar

April 25, 2022

Patience, Flexibility, Gratitude, and Empathy the Keys to Success in Leadership, Business, and Life

Mrs. Theresa Joseph
USDA-ARS Area Administrative Office Director for the SEA
Doctoral Candidate Liberty University

May 2, 2022

Widespread Truncation of Plant Disease Gradients Leads to Under-Predictions of Disease Dispersal and Severity

Emily Sykes
MS Exit Seminar

May 12, 2022 Note this seminar will be on a Thursday

A New Source of Resistance to Puccinia arachidis from Wild Peanut Species Arachis stenosperma and Arachis batizocoi

Kate Costello
MS Exit Seminar


May 18, 2022  32nd E. S. Luttrell Lecture 10:30 AM Coverdell 175

Building Broad-Spectrum, Long-Lasting Disease Resistance into Plants

Dr. Jane Leach
University Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture, Colorado State University

Reception 10:00-10:30 AM Coverdell Atrium Rotunda
Seminar 10:30-11:30 AM Coverdell 175


This seminar has been Cancelled

June 3, 2022  9 AM Miller Plant Science Rm 2102

Mechanisms of competition among fungi associated with southern pine beetle:  the role of loblolly pine defense metabolites and direct antagonism.

John de Soto
PhD Exit Seminar