At the September meeting (Thursday 7 September) come along for a very special evening where BOGI will host Dr Don Huber, professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Idaho, Ph. D. from Michigan State University and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and Industrial College of the armed Forces. He was cereal pathologist at the University of Idaho for eight years before joining the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University in 1971.

His agricultural research in the past 50 years has focused on epidermology and control of soil borne plant pathogens with emphasis on microbial ecology, cultural and biological controls, and physiology of host parasite relationships. Research also includes nitrogen metabolism, micronutrient physiology, inhibition of nitrification and nutrient disease interactions. In addition to his academic positions and research, he is internationally recognized for his expertise into the development of nitrification inhibitors to improve the efficiency of N fertilizers, interactions of the form of nitrogen, manganese and other nutrients in disease, herbicide-nutrient-disease interactions, techniques for rapid microbial identification, and cultural control of plant diseases.

A detailed bio about Dr Don Huber’s extensive career can be found online at

Dr. Huber's research, which spans over 55 years, has been devoted to looking at how the agricultural system can be managed for more effective crop production, better  disease control, improved nutrition, and safety. The introduction of genetically engineered crops has dramatically affected and changed all agricultural components: The plants; The physical environment; the dynamics of the biological environment, and Pests and diseases (plant, animal and human diseases).