Dr. Angela Orshinsky, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul and Dr. Sue Cohen, Center for Regulatory Research, LLC received a University of Minnesota Rapid Response Grant for research on "The Development of a Risk Assessment Model for Tomato Leaf Mold Infection in Minnesota". Stay tuned for more information on High Tunnel Tomato Production in Minnesota, climate modeling and life cycle modeling of the plant pathogen, Passalora fulva.
Dr. Sue Cohen, Center for Regulatory Research, LLC provided a two week training program jointly with the Stakman-Borlaug Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul for the USDA-FAS Cochran Fellowship Program participants from Macedonia. Learn more about the training program in the American Phytopathological Society's newsletter, pg 51. Access the publication on our course web page.
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Western Sustainable Research and Education, National Institute for Food and Agriculture, U.S.Department of Agriculture awarded Dr. Robert Schlub, University of Guam, and Dr. Sue Cohen, Center for Regulatory Research, LLC a Professional Development Program Grant on Plant Disease Diagnostic Training for Agricultural Professionals in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. For more information on the grant project, visit the WSARE web site at http://www.westernsare.org/Projects/Funded-Projects-by-Year/2014-Projects#guam.
Dr. Sue Cohen, Center for Regulatory Research, LLC presented a USDA Cochran Fellowship Program on Plant Protection and Plant Disease Diagnostics to Croatia Fellows from August 27 – September 6, 2013 at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. Prior to beginning the training program, the Fellows visited USDA- Foreign Agricultural Service in Washington DC and USDA- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in Riverdale, Maryland. The Cochran Fellowship Program was sponsored by the Office of International Programs, CFANS, UMN, St, Paul. James Bradeen, Head, Department of Plant Pathology, welcomed the Cochran Fellows to the campus and discussed on-going research projects in the department. The Cochran Fellows attending the training included Mario Bjelis (Assistant Director, Croatian Center for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs), Anamarija Bokulic (Head of the Department of Sustainable Use of Pesticides), Adrijana Novak (Head of Plant Health Department, Institute for Plant Protection), Nenad Novak (Head of Weed Science Laboratory, Institute for Plant Protection), Ivan Poje (Head of Nematology Laboratory, Institute for Plant Protection), and Edita Stefanic (Faculty of Agriculture, University of Osijek),. Dr. Jennifer Boldt, Department of Horticultural Sciences, UMN, St. Paul served as co-instructor for the course. Dr. Dimitre Mollov, Department of Plant Pathology, UMN, St. Paul presented a lecture on the role of the Plant Disease Clinic in Minnesota and the Plant Disease Clinic contributions to the national pathogen surveys. Dr. Dean Herzfeld, Department of Plant Pathology, UMN, St. Paul presented lectures on pesticide usage and labeling. Amy Morey, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Entomology, UMN, St. Paul presented a lecture on the integrated pest management program for Harmonia axyridis (Asian lady beetle) on grapes. Field trips included visits to UMN, St. Paul Plant Disease Clinic, DHL Express, and Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The Cochran Fellowship Program for Croatia also provided specialized training in pest risk analysis, pesticide usage, pest risk management, survey techniques, electronic resources for plant disease diagnostics and software for risk analysis.