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2010 - 2011 Spotlight

‚ÄčCornell FacultyNational Plant Diagnostic Network Wins USDA-NIFA Award

June 2011 Spotlight

Cornell faculty and staff joined with colleagues from throughout the country to receive a USDA-NIFA “Partnership Award”, presented at a recent ceremony in Washington, DC. The NPDN received the award in the“innovative program model” category for its development of “...preparedness programs and interagency partnerships that have enhanced the security of crop agriculture in the United States.” said Dr. Roger Beachy, NIFA Director, who presented the award. A total of 35 people were named as members of the award-winning team, includingCornellians Rose Loria, Karen Snover-Clift, Mary McKellar, Karen Scott, Rachel McCarthy and George Hudler. CU PPPMB has served as the Northeast regional hub of the Network since its inception in 2001, and in so doing has provided coordination of regional activities as well as leadership for and service to several important national committees. Some of the latter include Diagnostics, National Database, Education, Information Technology and 2007 National Meeting Planning. Congratulations to all for a job well done!

Meg McGrath

Best Review Article of the Year co-authored by McGrath 

October 2010 Spotlight

"The Ozone Component of Global Change: Effects on Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Yield, Product Quality and Interactions With Invasive Species" published in the Journal of Integrative Plant Biology (JIPB) was awarded the best expert review article for 2009. The article includes results from Meg's research investigating the impact of ambient ozone on plant productivity on Long Island. Click here to download:

Greg Martin

Loria and Martin Receive APS Awards

August 2010 Spotlight

Greg Martin has received the Noel T. Keen Award. This award recognizes APS members for research excellence in molecular plant pathology.

Rose LoriaRose Loria has been awarded the Ruth Allen Award. This award honors individuals who have made an outstanding, innovative research contribution that has changed, or has the potential to change, the direction of research in any field of plant pathology.


Brian King

Brian King receives McClintock Award:

May 2010 Spotlight

Congratulations to Brian King for receiving the McClintock Award!

The McClintock Award honors the late Barbara McClintock, who won the Nobel Prize for work that she began as a postdoctoral plant geneticist at Cornell in the 1920s. The endowment for the award came from Dr. Robert Rabson, who enabled much novel plant physiology research through his long leadership of the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Biosciences Division. Primary consideration is given to a graduate student's background and potential. Students must also have completed at least two years of their M.S./Ph.D. or Ph.D. program, and made unique and outstanding contributions in research and teaching.

Dr. William Fry

Fry Honored by AAAS 

January 2010 Spotlight

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has recently elected Dr. William Fry to the rank of AAAS Fellow. Bill is being honored for distinguished contributions to the field of biology, especially for his considerable and varied work with Phytophthora infestans. This honor will be presented in San Diego on February 20, 2010 during the AAAS Fellows Forum, a part of the Association’s annual meeting.

Bill's research has focused on Phytophthora infestans. Many very talented people (students, support personnel, visiting scientists and postdoctoral scientists) have contributed wonderfully to this laboratory effort. Initial activities were directed at disease management, disease forecasting and simulation modeling. A model initiated in the late 1970s and improved during the subsequent decades, is a component of a current Decision Support System. The modeling effort has been informed by lab and field experiments. During these epidemiological studies it became clear that while much was known about the population dynamics of this organism, very little was known about the population genetics. The lab began genetics investigations and then population genetics investigations. Early investigations compared populations in the USA with populations in Mexico. These studies quickly expanded to include populations from all over the world. These investigations happened to occur while there was a major worldwide migration of P. infestans (from Mexico) and the collections made during this time provided the proof of that migration. The migrations brought new traits to many locations and the migrating population has now displaced the previous population in those locations into which it has been introduced. Unfortunately, the migrating population has made late blight a more difficult problem to manage.