SIPS graduate student Morgan Carter was recently interviewed on “Locally Sourced Science (LSS)” by fellow graduate student Nick Segerson. Carter described her experiences using Skype a Scientist to connect with primary and secondary students across the country, answer questions, and change preconceptions about who scientists are and what they do.
A special volume of Advances in Virus Research is dedicated to the memory of Milton Zaitlin (1927–2016), professor and virologist in Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology. The special volume includes a retrospective on his career, achievements, and legacy and seven chapters on diverse aspects of plant virology, written by Zaitlin's former students, post-docs, and visiting scientists.
Cornell plant pathologists turned out in force for the International Congress of Plant Pathology (ICPP), held July 29 – August 3 in Boston. Organized around the theme of “Plant Health in a Global Economy” this represented the 11th international congress and 50th anniversary year for the sponsoring international society.
A study by an international group of mycologists, including Kathie Hodge in the SIPS Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section, has revealed the presence of behavior modifying alkaloids in fungi that infect and kill cicadas. Different species in the genus Massospora were found to produce the plant amphetamine cathinone and psilocybin.