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 9:00am 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/Beltsville Chris Walsh
February 22

Paul Vincelli

Can CRISPR Displace Crop Pesticides?

University of KentuckyGraduate Students

March 1

Jim TangMarine Biological LaboratoryKate Tully
March 8

Bing Yang

CRISPR/Cas Genome Editing Systems in Plants

Iowa State UniversityYiping Qi
March 15Neal StewartUniversity of TennesseeYiping Qi
March 22SPRING BREAK: No Speaker  
March 29Lina Quesada-OcampoNorth Carolina State UniversityJoseph Roberts
April 5To Be Decided  
April 12To Be Decided  
April 19

Michael Stachowicz

The Three Legs of Sustainable Turf

National Park ServiceJoseph Roberts
April 26Kulvinder Gill Washington State University Vijay Tiwari
May 3Cale BigelowPurdue UniversityJoseph Roberts

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

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