7:30 pm Presentation:
Speaker: Michael Bradshaw, OMS Scholarship Recipient
Michael Bradshaw, MS, Plant Science, University of Washington is currently pursuing his Ph.D. studying fungal pathogens under Patrick Tobin Ph.D. at the University of Washington.
Program: Powdery Mildews of the Pacific Northwest: Common, Yet Understudied
Michael is studying the epidemiology and biology of the common fungal pathogen, powdery mildew. Powdery mildew is a widely distributed, detrimental disease of vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants. Powdery mildews are ascomycetes that are obligate parasites and have been reported to infect over 10,000 plant species. The Pacific Northwest is one of the hot spots for powdery mildew growth and development with over 150 species (out of the estimated 1000 in the world) reported in this area. Scant research on the powdery mildews has been conducted in the region, and consequently, there are taxonomic and phylogenetic gaps. In his talk Michael will give a brief overview of the biology of the powdery mildews and their diversity in the Pacific Northwest.
Michael has a keen interest in ornamental horticulture where non-native organisms are found to cause substantial economic losses to the industry. Michael’s goal is to become a university affiliated garden director or herbarium curator where he will be able to teach while conducting research to provide new information to the mycological and plant pathology community.