Norman Borlaug Statue in the U.S. Capitol

Norman Borlaug, plant pathologist, Father of the Green Revolution and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, was honored with a statue in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.  He’s also known as “the man who fed the world” for the development of high-yielding, disease-resistant wheat that vastly improved wheat production in Mexico, India and the U.S.

The statue of Borlaug, an Iowa native, was unveiled on March 25, 2014, what would have been his 100th birthday. The right side of the statue’s pedestal reads, “The Man Who Saved A Billion Lives.”

His legacy continues through several foundations that continue to provide education and research on crop improvement.

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Just in time for spring mushroom season

A new update of the Ohioline fact sheet, Wild Mushrooms, is now available.  The fact sheet includes several color photos of common mushrooms found in Ohio, basic information about mushroom biology, and answers to common questions about mushrooms in the wild.

The publication also dispels common wives’ tales about edible and poisonous mushrooms.  Now . . . for the record, eating mushrooms found in the wild is not recommended and comes with an “eat at your own risk” tag.

Nonetheless, mushrooms can be enjoyed for their unusual and natural beauty, fascinating biology and importance in our natural ecosystems.

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Wild Mushrooms (SE Williams, B Bunyard and W Sturgeon)
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Mushrooms and Macrofungi of Ohio and the Midwstern States: A Resource Guide
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Where there are plants, there are plant diseases


Plant diseases impact all countries on all continents, including Antarctica.  For the Celebration of Nations event in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, I placed several news headlines on a world map to convey the global scope of plant pathology.

Scanning the headlines, many people were surprised – and concerned. Even plant pathologists were impacted by all of the headlines in one place, on one world map.  And this is a very short list.

We were honored to receive the “Most Educational Display” award at the event for this display.  My colleagues suggested that this is a good visual way to get the message out about the importance of plant pathology, and so I choose this blog post as a way to start.  Yes! Coffee, chocolate, bananas, oranges . . .  wheat, rice, corn and more – they are all on the list.

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