August 29, 2003
Food security lectures open to public
National leaders in crop bioterrorism and food security issues will give
weekly talks on campus this fall as part of a new undergraduate course.
Members of the public may attend the lectures without registering for the
Seminar speakers will discuss the role of microorganisms and insects in crop
bioterrorism and food safety, said course instructor and plant pathology
professor Forrest Nutter.
One-hour seminars, featuring national experts on the issues, will meet at
4:10 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 9, in 210 Bessey.
Following are speakers participating in the seminar:
"The Threat of Plant Pathogens as Weapons Against U.S. Crops"
Laurence V. Madden, professor, plant pathology, Ohio State University,
"Advances in Molecular-Based Diagnostics in Meeting Crop Biosecurity and
Norm W. Schaad, research plant pathologist (bacterial), USDA/ARS Foreign
Disease -- Weed Science Research Unit, Ft. Detrick, Md.
"The Role of Scientific Societies in National Crop Biosecurity -- the
American Phytopathological Society Model"
Jacque Fletcher, professor, entomology and plant pathology, Noble Research
Center, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
"Rating Crop Pathogen Threats -- An Analytical Hierarchy Approach"
Douglas G. Luster, research leader, USDA/ARS Foreign Disease -- Weed Science
Research Unit, Ft. Detrick, Md.
"Commercial Seed Industry's Role in Crop Biosecurity"
Bill Dolezal, research fellow, plant pathology, Pioneer Hi-Bred
International, Inc., Johnston, Iowa
"Arthropods and Plant Biosecurity"
Alan K. Dowdy, assistant director, USDA-APHIS-Plant Protection and
Quarantine, Center for Plant Health Science and Technology, Raleigh,
"Role of Seed-Borne Pathogens in Plant Biosecurity and Food Safety"
Denis McGee, professor, plant pathology and Seed Science Center, Iowa State
"The Role of University and Regional Diagnostic Centers in Countering
Barbara Ambruzs and Paula Flynn, extension program specialists, Plant
Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, plant pathology, Iowa State
"Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Soybean Rust -- A Case Study"
X.B. Yang and Shimon Pivonia, professors, plant pathology, Iowa State
"Science Versus the Legal System: When Worlds Collide -- A Case Study in
Tim R. Gottwald, research leader/plant epidemiologist, Subtropical Plant
Pathology Research Unit, USDA/ARS, Fort Pierce, Fla.
Ames, Iowa 50011, (515) 294-4111
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