Professor Jim Westwood and graduate students Megan LeBlanc and Gunjune Kim attended the 11th World Congress on Parasitic Plants in Martina Franca, Italy, June 7-12, 2011. Jim is president of the host organization, the International Parasitic Plant Society.
Jim, Gunjune, and Megan gave presentations from their work on the parasitic plant genome project (PPGP) and a workshop on a new database of parasite gene sequences generated by the PPGP. Both Gunjune and Megan took home honors (and 100 Euros) for winning graduate student oral and poster competitions, respectively.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
September 7, 2011