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OMS Virtual Meeting 2020-04-13

In these times of social distancing, the Oregon Mycological Society is offering its first virtual meeting: a live-stream of 2019 scholarship winner and University of Washington Ph.D. candidate, Michael Bradshaw!

If you have a Google/YouTube account, simply click here to be taken to Michael’s presentation where you can set reminder to receive a notification when the stream goes live at 7:15 pm, Monday, April 13, 2020.

To be able to ask Michael questions and to interact with other people watching the stream, you'll need to sign into a Google/YouTube account. If you don’t yet have an account, click here for complete instructions.

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.