College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture

Plant Science Lecture Series

Spring 2018

Except where otherwise indicated, seminars will be held Thursdays at 4 pm in PLS 1140. If you are interested in meeting with any of the speakers, please notify the host faculty member. If you would like to receive notifications about our events please contact Betty Wineke at to be added.


Guest Speaker:



February 1

Brandon Horvath

Declining Enrollment in Plant Science Majors: A Case Study for a Turn Around via Engagement and Recruitment

***Please note, this lecture will take place at 10:30am in Critique Hall (0104 PLS Bldg).

 University of TennesseeJoseph Roberts

February 8

Corby Kistler

On the Origin of (a Pathogen) Species by Means of Natural (Products) Selection

USDA-ARS, University of MinnesotaNidhi Rawat
February 15

Dr. Kimberly Lewers
USDA-ARS Strawberry Breeding at Beltsville


 USDA-ARS/Beltsville Chris Walsh
February 22

Paul Vincelli

Can CRISPR Displace Crop Pesticides?

University of KentuckyGraduate Students

March 1

Jim Tang

Recent Advances in Carbon Cycle Research: Temperature Sensitivity, Phenology, and Fluorescence

Marine Biological LaboratoryKate Tully
March 8

Bing Yang

CRISPR/Cas Genome Editing Systems in Plants

Iowa State UniversityYiping Qi
March 15

Scott Lenaghan

Synplastome Technology for Metabolic Engineering in Plants

University of TennesseeYiping Qi
March 22SPRING BREAK: No Speaker  
March 29

Lina Quesada-Ocampo

Unraveling the Re-emergence of the Cucurbit Downy Mildew Pathogen Pseudoperonospora cubensis


North Carolina State UniversityJoseph Roberts
April 5

Patrick Schnable

Field-Based Phenotyping: Technologies, Analyses, and Community Building

 Iowa State University Vijay Tiwari
April 12

Nikki Shariat

Determining Salmonella Serotype Diversity in Multiple Environments

 Gettysburg College Christopher Walsh
April 19

Michael Stachowicz

The Three Legs of Sustainable Turf

National Park ServiceJoseph Roberts
April 26

Kulvinder Gill

Lab to Field Translation: The Ph1 Gene and its Application in Crop Improvement

 Washington State University Vijay Tiwari
May 3

Cale Bigelow

Chasing the Holy Grail of Turf Systems-Reduced Inputs


Purdue UniversityJoseph Roberts

To nominate or invite a speaker, please contact Dr. Joseph Roberts: or call 301-405-5455.

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