September 1, 2010

MNCat Primo Update

The University of Minnesota Libraries homepage has seen improvements this summer and MNCat Primo was recently been updated. If you have any questions about how to navigate the new site, please stop by the Plant Pathology Library during open hours and the staff will be happy to help you out.

If you have any praise or issues to report with Primo, please use the form found HERE.

To learn about improvements to the catalog, go HERE.

March 22, 2010

New Exhibit: With Distinction

A new exhibit is now on display in the Plant Pathology Library. It's called With Distinction: A Look at University of Minnesota Department of Plant Pathology Outstanding Alumni.

The exhibit features five of the department's most prestigious alumni, including Norman Borlaug, Bent Skovmand, Helen Hart, J. George Harrar, and Elvin C. Stakman. It will stay up for the rest of the semester and through the summer. You may view the exhibit during the library's open hours.



March 8, 2010

Susan Dworkin on KFAI

Susan Dworkin was on-campus last week to discuss her book about Plant Pathology Department alumnus Bent Skovlund. It's called "The Viking in the Wheatfield: A Scientist's Struggle to Preserve the World's Harvest" and it can be found in our collection.

Her talk was on the life of Bent Skovlund and the formation of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Her speech was recorded by KFAI and is available temporarily on their website.

February 25, 2010

Brian Steffenson + Cereal Disease Lab featured in WIRED Magazine

Brian Steffenson and the Cereal Disease Lab are featured in the March 2010 issue of WIRED Magazine. The article highlights Ug99 stem rust in Africa and the Middle East and the efforts being made to prevent its spread.

The University of Minnesota Libraries has an e-journal subscription to Wired. A physical copy of this issue may also become available through the U of MN Libraries shortly. For now, you can also read the article online through the Wired Magazine website.

Brian Steffenson

Cereal Disease Laboratory


February 1, 2010

Grant to the Libraries for Online "Green Revolution" Collection

The University Libraries have received funding to digitize the Norman E. Borlaug Papers and selections from the papers of E.C. Stakman, Helen Hart, John Gibler, and records from the department of Plant Pathology. Once digitized, these collections, held in University Archives, will form an online resource that conveys the Minnesota roots of the "Green Revolution," a term coined in the 1960's to describe worldwide advances in food crop production that began in the 1940's and saved millions from starvation. The project, which will be completed by May 2011, is being supported by a $27,667 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grant, a program supported by the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment. Approved by Minnesota voters in November 2008, the state constitutional amendment provides for an increase in Minnesota state sales tax to support outdoor heritage, clean water, parks and trails, as well as arts, history, and cultural heritage.

--- news from Beth Kaplan and Linda Greve via the University of Minnesota Libraries Monday Memo

September 16, 2009

New Exhibit : Norman Borlaug

A new exhibit about the life of Norman Borlaug is now on display at the Plant Pathology Library.


September 14, 2009

Norman Borlaug : March 25, 1914 - September 12, 2009

Plant Pathology Library staff recognize the passing of Norman Borlaug, who was a great humanitarian, University of Minnesota alum, and contributor to the field of plant pathology.

to read the Associated Press article.

August 5, 2009

Ug99 in the news

  • June 2009 article from the Los Angeles Times.
    CLICK HERE to read A 'time bomb' for world wheat crop
  • March 2009 article from the UK's Guardian.
    CLICK HERE to read 'Stem rust' fungus threatens global wheat harvest
  • April 2008 article by Norman Borlaug for The New York Times.
    CLICK HERE to read Stem Rust Never Sleeps

April 27, 2009

A New Green Revolution

An article about how the green trend is finding its way into collegiate agricultural and environmental education.
via Inside Higher Ed

April 17, 2009

New Exhibit on Display

If you've got time to spare, waiting for a seminar or something else, please drop by the Plant Pathology Library! We've got a new exhibit on display called "Medicinal Fungi: The Healing Mushrooms." The exhibit was researched and designed by the Plant Pathology Library student workers, Alli and Kelsey, and features books from the library's collection of medicinal fungi books. Thanks, ladies!

Medicinal Fungi exhibit