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Cornell collaborators


The George Hudler Lab

Hudler picGeorge Hudler
is a professor in the Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section at Cornell. He conducts active outreach and research programs in the area of tree pathology, including publication of an award-winning, bi-weekly pest management newsletter, BRANCHING OUT – An Integrated Pest Management Newsletter for Tree and Shrub Care.  Dr. Hudler is also the author of a book of the same title as his popular undergraduate course – Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds.  Dr. Hudler’s interest in willow production focuses on the taxonomy and etiology of fungal pathogens, especially the rusts. Contact George by email or visit his lab website.


 The Chris Smart Lab

chris smartChris Smart is a Professor in the Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science with a broad background in disease diagnosis, epidemiology, population genetics, and resistance mechanisms across many taxa of pathogens.  Her main interests are in diseases of cucurbits, solanaceous crops, and other vegetables, but she has begun to study leaf rusts (Melampsora spp.) that cause disease on shrub willow, including population diversity and mechanisms of resistance.  Visit her  lab web site.




The Dan Aneshansley Lab


Dan Aneshansley is part of the department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, where his teaching interests include instrumentation and circuit design. He obtained his Ph. D in electrical engineering at Cornell University and is currently a member of the American society of Agricultural Engineers, the Instrument Society of America, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Much of his research focuses on the application of electronics to agriculture for the purpose of data collection. Other studies have examined mechanisms that plants and insects use for defense. His more recent projects involve the development of agricultural equipment modifications and the evaluation of willow biomass production techniques. Contact Dan by email or visit his profile at CALS.

The Greg Loeb Lab


Greg Loeb recieved his training in insect ecology (Ph.D. from UC Davis in Entomology) with interests in plant/herbivore interactions, integrated pest management and biological control with specific application to solving pest problems while minimizing the use of pesticides. His research with shrub willow has focused on assessing the impact of arthropod pests and investigating the use of polyculture plantings to reduce pest loads and enhance biological control. Contact Greg by email or visit his lab website at CALS.

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