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In the fall and spring semesters PB seminars are generally held in Morrill Science Center 2 South, Room 222, Thursdays at 4pm, unless otherwise noted. For seminars noted as remote, the Zoom link will be emailed to the Plant Biology list-serv. 

Refreshments will be served beginning at 3:50pm.
Contact: UMass Seminars IDGP

To find more seminars in the Life Sciences, visit the Graduate Programs in Life Sciences Calendar.

For a listing of seminars offered through the College of Natural Sciences, go to CNS Department and Program Seminars or the CNS calendar, including the Stockbridge School of Agriculture seminars.

Fall 2022 Seminar Schedule

Sep 15

Phased, secondary siRNA pathways as key regulators of male reproductive development in plants

Blake Meyers, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Morrill II room 222

Host: Alice Cheung

Sep 19

Molecular mechanisms of auxin biosynthesis and inactivation

Yunde Zhao, University of California, San Diego

Amherst College, Science Center, Kirkpatrick Hall A011

Host: Jeeyon Jeong

Sep 22

Applied genomics for disease management in vegetable crops

Lina Quesada-Ocampo, North Carolina State University

Morrill II room 222

Host: Kelly Allen

Sep 28

Modulation of plant immunity during the establishment of the nitrogen-fixing symbiosis

Miriam Hernandez-Romero, UMass Amherst

Life Science Laboratories N610

Oct 6

Getting to the root of plant disease resistance

Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi, Purdue University

Morrill II room 222

Host: BRiDGE (Leannah Hicks)

Oct 7


Broader impacts at multiple scales: bringing plant pathology to individuals and the community

Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi, Purdue University

Integrative Learning Center, Room S131

Host: BRiDGE (Leannah Hicks)

Oct 13

CRISPR-gene editing to improve plant disease resistance and stress tolerance

Rong Di, Rutgers University

Morrill II room 222

Hosts: Kelly Allen & Li-Jun Ma

Oct 20

Time of day informs abiotic stress response in Brassica crops

Kathleen Greenham, University of Minnesota

Morrill II room 222

Host: Sam Hazen

Oct 27

Postdoc Showcase

Vikram Jathar & Arif Ashraf, UMass Amherst

Morrill II room 222

Host: Tobias Baskin

Nov 3

Intraspecific diversity in pathogen defense responses in a wild tomato species

Remco Stam, Christian Albrechts University


Host: Maryam Rashidzade

Nov 10

Molecular processes underlying Magnaporthe oryzae growth in host rice cells

Richard Wilson, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Morrill II room 222

Host: Sibongile Mafu

Nov 17

Under attack by a cereal killer: the identification of host pathways involved in promoting wheat yellow rust susceptibility.

Carol Ibe, John Innes Centre


Hosts: Michelle Facette & Sibongle Mafu

Dec 1

Selection on microbially-mediated traits in natural and agricultural systems

Chandra Jack, Clark University

Morrill II room 222

Host: Jedy Chilufya

Dec 8

Gender & Sexuality 101

Stonewall Center, University of Massachusetts

Morrill II room 222

Hosts: Plant Biology Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee