Lindsey du ToitWashington State University
I grew up in South Africa, where I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, in 1991 with a major in plant pathology. I then completed my MS and Ph.D. degrees in 1995 and 1998, respectively, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in plant pathology. My Ph.D. dissertation was on field and epidemiological aspects of common smut of sweet corn caused by Ustilago zeae, under the direction of Dr. Jerald Pataky. I was then diagnostician for the Plant & Insect Diagnostic Lab at the Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center from 1998 to 2000, before taking the position of vegetable seed pathologist at the WSU-NWREC in Mount Vernon, WA in 2000. The focus of my position is the biology and management of diseases affecting small-seeded vegetable seed crops grown in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S.
The micrographs: Sclerotium and apothecium of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (8x, top); asci, ascospores, and paraphyses of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (320x, bottom left); and ascospores of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (1600x DIC, bottom right).
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