Seminar Series

Spring 2024 Seminars

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

  • Athens : 2401 Plant Sciences
  • Tifton: 533 NESPAL
  • Griffin:  Turfgrass Building Conference Room
  • Zoom link for Tifton/Griffin: Join us for seminars here

January 8, 2024

Scab: A 140-Year-Old Impediment to Pecan Production in the Southeast 

Dr. Clive Bock
Research Plant Pathologist
USDA-ARS, Ft. Pierce, FL

January 15, 2024

Holiday - MLK Day - No Seminar

January 22, 2024

Structural and Biochemical Insight into a Modular β-1,4-Galactan Synthase in Plants

Dr. Breeanna Urbanowicz
Assistant Professor, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
University of Georgia, Athens, GA

January 29, 2024

12-Oxo-Phytodienoic Acid; A Versatile Hormone Signal in Plant Growth and Local/Systemic Defense Responses

Dr. Sang Wook Park
Associate Professor, Plant Pathology 
Auburn University, Auburn, AL

February 5, 2024

Utilizing Plant Pathology as an Agronomic Expert Outside of Academia
Eddie Beasley
Technical Agronomist 
Bayer Crop Science, Brooklet, GA

February 12, 2024

Decoupling the Salicylic Acid-Growth Tradeoff by Altering Cold-Regulated Gene Expression in Arabidopsis

Dr. Chung-Jui (CJ) Tsai

Professor and Eminent Scholar, Warnell School of Forestry
University of Georgia, Athens, GA

February 19, 2024

Update on Pathology Research at the National Peanut Research Laboratory (NPRL), Leaf Spot, Seed Storage, Aflatoxins

Dr. Renee Arias
Research Plant Pathologist
USDA-ARS, Dawson, GA

February 26, 2024

Seminar Postponed - No Seminar

March 4, 2024

Holiday - Spring Break - No Seminar

March 11, 2024

Seminar Postponed - No Seminar

March 18, 2024

Plant Pathology: A Journey of Opportunities

Dr. Mychele Batista da Silva
Postdoc, Tidewater Agric. Research & Extension Center
Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA

March 25, 2024

Virulence of Soybean Cyst Nematode on Resistant Soybean
Mekidani Jacob Salu
MS Student, MS Exit Seminar
University of Georgia, Athens, GA

April 1, 2024

Discovery of Candidate Soybean Cyst Nematode Virulence Genes Using Multiple Next-Generation Sequencing Approaches
Kheeman Kwon
PhD Candidate, PhD Exit Seminar
University of Georgia, Athens, GA

April 8, 2024

Demystifying Biochar: Developing Decision Support Models for On-Farm Biochar Application
Dr. Kristin Trippe
Research Microbiologist
USDA-ARS, Corvallis, OR

April 15, 2024

Early Detection of Grapevine Trunk Diseases
Dr. Kendra Baumgartner
Plant Pathologist

April 22, 2024

From Studying Cryptococcal Morphogenesis to Vaccine Development

Dr. Xiaorong Lin

Professor, Microbiology
University of Georgia, Athens, GA

April 29, 2024

Predicting Adaptation and Ancestry by Linking Phylogeny, Functional Genomics, and Statistical Learning

Dr. Rich Adams
Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

April 30, 2024

34th Annual Luttrell Lecture

Dr. Jim Adaskaveg
UC Riverside, Riverside, CA

May 21, 2024

Why are Ralstonia wilt pathogens Goopy?

Dr. Tiffany Lowe-Power
Assistant Professor 
UC Davis, Davis, CA

May 29, 2024

Spatially Explicit Epidemiological Model for Arthropod-Vectored Plant Viruses

Allysa Campbell
MS Student, MS Exit Seminar
University of Georgia, Athens, GA