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New Potato & Sugar Beet Pathologist Announced

Nathan Chesher  | Published on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Michigan Potato Industry Commission is excited to welcome Jamie Willbur as the new Potato & Sugar Beet Pathologist at Michigan State University. Jamie, currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin Madison, will begin her new role March 1, 2018. She will be the responsible for pathogen research and extension related to potatoes and sugar beets in Michigan.

A native of Michigan, Willbur completed her undergraduate degree from Lawrence Tech in Southfield, and is completing her Ph.D. while studying the soybean white mold pathogen, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.

Dr. Noah Rosenzweig who has been the acting Potato & Sugar Beet Pathologist since the retirement of Dr. Willie Kirk will continue to be engaged in potato research with an emphasis on the industry’s soil health research and actively engaged in research on the Dickeya dianthicola.

“The industry is excited to welcome Jamie to the Michigan potato research team! We look forward to adding her vision for potato pathogen research to the mix." Said Michael Wenkel, Executive Director, Michigan Potato Industry Commission "It has been a win-win for the industry in being able to have Jamie join us and keeping the expertise and skills of Dr. Rosenzweig as part of the potato research community in Michigan.”