Students Invited to Help Feed the World
WOOSTER, Ohio -- High school and college students interested
in discovering how they can make a career out of helping feed the world's
growing population are invited to an open house at Ohio State University's Ohio
Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) on Wednesday, June 13, 9
a.m. to 3 p.m.
"Feeding the World in 2050: Career Opportunities for Future
Scientists," hosted by the Department of Plant Pathology, will emphasize
the wide array of degree programs and career opportunities in plant pathology
and agricultural sciences. Participants will have the chance to visit programs
in bioinformatics, disease diagnostics, disease management, organic
agriculture, urban farming and invasive species, as well as examine diseases of
field crops, fruits, vegetables and ornamentals.
A selection of laboratories, greenhouses and research plots
will be open for visitors, including one of the largest disease-screening wheat
nurseries in the northeastern U.S. featuring research in the genetics of
breeding, biological control, host resistance to fungicides, epidemiological
models and forecasting, inoculation techniques, and disease management
strategies. Faculty, students and staff will be available to meet with
"The event's aim is to raise awareness of careers in
plant pathology and agriculture. There are projected shortages of graduates
with specialized training in the agricultural sciences, and the job outlook is
very strong," said Anne Dorrance, professor of plant pathology and event
organizer. "In addition, the global population is expected to exceed 9
billion by 2050. This will place unprecedented demands on our food supply. Scientists
with international perspectives are needed to bring novel and revolutionary
approaches to agroecosystem management and sustainable food production."
The event is part of the American Phytopathological
Society's North Central Division Annual Meeting, which will be held June 13-15
at OARDC. Dorrance is the APS North Central Division president.
Faculty and staff from the Department of Entomology and the
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science will also participate in the open
house on June 13, as well as plant pathologists from across the north-central
U.S. and Canada. Jim Stack, professor and director of the Great Plains
Diagnostic Network at Kansas State University, will deliver the opening
address, "Plant Health: Your Life Depends On It!"
The open house is free and includes a complimentary box
lunch for those who register by June 1. Event and registration information is
available online at http://plantpath.osu.edu/future/.