Our departmental seminar speaker this week is Meher Ony, who will be presenting her Ph.D. Proposal Seminar titled "Development of Molecular Tools for Rapid Disease Detection and Characterization of Fungal Virulence and Host-Pathogen Interactions of Oak Wilt Disease". Join us at 10:30 am EST/9:30 am CST on Friday, March 19, 2021, via the Zoom link information that is provided at the end of this message. Seminar Abstract: Oak species (Quercus spp.; Fagaceae) are one of the most widely distributed hardwood tree species in the world with more than 500 species documented in the Americas, Europe, and tropical Asia. There are 58 oak species native to the United States (U.S.) which contribute more than $348 billion annually. These keystone species also provide
Our departmental seminar speaker this week is Ty Smith, who will be presenting his Ph.D. Exit Seminar titled "Fungicide Sensitivity Screening of Corynespora cassiicola in Soybean and Cotton". Seminar Abstract: Target spot, caused by the fungus Corynespora cassiicola, is a foliar disease of cotton and soybean. Target spot has become a disease of concern in soybean and cotton production systems. Data for fungicide sensitivity and understanding potential impact on yield is lacking for C. cassiicola. With the lack of knowledge about baseline fungicide sensitivity the objectives of this study were: (i) to evaluate fungicide products and mixes in small plot trials, (ii) develop baseline fungicide sensitivity data on C. cassiicola isolates from Tennessee soybean and cotton, (iii) investigate the interaction of malathion with DMI fungicides on target
Our departmental seminar speaker this week (Friday, April 9, 2021) is Allyson Dekovich, who will be presenting her M.S. Proposal Seminar titled "Population Genetics of the Socially Parasitic Ant Solenopsis daguerrei." Join us at 10:30 am EST/9:30 am CST on Friday via the Zoom link information that is provided at the end of this message. Seminar Abstract: Ants are miniscule creatures in size, yet are massive in terms of their ecological roles and contributions to our knowledge of various biological processes. Ants form complex societies and their social lifestyles have been the subject of numerous theoretical and empirical studies of kin selection and altruism, evolution of social behavior, rapid evolution to changing environments, coevolution and species interactions, and community ecology. Ants
Our departmental seminar speaker this week is Jessica Krob, who will be presenting her M.S. Proposal Seminar titled "Evaluation of Insecticide Resistance in Tobacco Thrips Populations and Plant Density Effects on Thrips Injury to Cotton". Join us at 10:30 am EST/9:30 am CST on Friday, April 16, 2021, via the Zoom link information that is provided at the end of this message. Seminar Abstract: In Tennessee, thrips rank among the top four insect pests of cotton, which is one of the top three cash crops grown in the state. Thrips management is necessary because their feeding injury can lead to delayed maturity and yield loss to cotton. This research will investigate two recent observations made in small-plot field trials in Tennessee. The first observation is
Ph.D. Students Will Provide Overviews of Their Completed Professional Experiences! Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/91335960576 The recording will be posted at a later date.
The Complex Microbial Life and Interactions in Lilliputian Landscapes. Examples from the Guts of Insects and the Soil Rhizosphere