Spring 2021 PSLA Seminar

January 14, 2021

All seminars for this semester will be held on Mondays at 12PM virtually. If you are interested in meeting with any of the speakers, please notify the host faculty member. Questions? Contact Seminar Co-Chairs Dr. Melissa Welsh or Dr. Nicole Fiorellino


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Sponsor: Recordings:
2.1.21 Dale Layfield Assessing Agricultural Professionals’ Awareness and Competencies of Recommended Practices in Synchronous Online Instruction During the COVID-19 Pandemic Clemson University Melissa Welsh   Dale Layfield 2.1.21
2.8.21 Joseph Fiola

Helping to Build a Successful Grape and Wine Industry -The UME Viticulture and Enology Program

UMD Mengjun Hu   Joseph Fiola 2.8.21
2.15.21 Neil Mattson Enhancing the Viability of Urban Controlled Environment Agriculture Cornell University Diana Cochran MNLGA Neil Mattson 2.15.21
2.22.21 Dilip Shah

Plant Antifungal Peptides: Modes of Action and Biotech Applications

Danforth Plant Science Center Nidhi Rawat   Dilip Shah 2.22.21
3.1.21 Walt Mahaffee Mission impossible: inoculum monitoring as a decision aid USDA-ARS, Horticultural Crops Research: Corvallis, OR Mengjun Hu   Walt Mahaffee 3.1.21
3.8.21 James Giovannoni Genetic Regulation of Tomato Fruit Ripening and Quality Traits Cornell University Macarena Farcuh    
3.15.21-Spring Break No seminar          
3.22.21 Hailing Jin Develop innovative eco-friendly solutions to control plant fungal and bacterial diseases  UC Riverside Shunyuan Xiao   Hailing Jin 3.22.21
3.29.21 Tessa Burch-Smith Beyond defense: glucosinolates as signals for regulating intercellular communication University of Tennessee

Lovepreet Singh

(Graduate Student Association)

4.5.21 Erin Sparks Bracing for Impact:  Optimizing Maize Roots for Anchorage University of Delaware Nicole Fiorellino   Erin Sparks 4.5.21
4.12.21 Marc van Iersel
Optimizing light use efficiency in controlled environment agriculture From photon capture to yield
University of Georgia Diana Cochran MNLGA  
4.19.21 Curtis Pozniak Welcome to the Future: Application of Genomics Technology to Wheat Improvement University of Saskatchewan Vijay Tiwari    
4.26.21 Nidhi Rawat Developing multi-pronged approaches for fighting fungal foes of wheat University of Maryland      
5.3.21 Gregory Bratman Nature Contact and Mental Health: Causal Mechanisms and Implications for Planning University of Washington Naomi Sachs/Jennifer Roberts PSLA and Department of Kinesiology  



Fall 2020 Seminar Series