U-M Department of Plant Pathology Celebrates Centennial

Norman Borlaug will be honored at a reception Thursday.

Distinguished alumnus Norman Borlaug will be honored as part of the University of Minnesota's Department of Plant Pathology's three-day centennial celebration, Tuesday, Sept. 18 through Friday, Sept. 21.

A century ago, wheat farmers and the fledgling Minneapolis grain-milling industry suffered repeated epidemics of wheat stem rust, with dire economic consequences. In response, the U of M created its plant pathology department. Today, the department is internationally known for its work in preventing plant disease and ensuring and enhancing safe food crops.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug, who was recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, will be honored at a reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Ave., St. Paul. Borlaug is one of many researchers who went on to lead the "Green Revolution" that saved millions from starvation in the 1950s and 1960s.

Other events for the centennial celebration include lectures and panel discussions. For a full schedule of centennial events, see plant.lib.umn.edu/centennial.

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