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Table of Contents
    End of an era
        Page 1
    Faculty, staff, and students
        Page 2
    General announcements
        Page 3
    News from the FPS
        Page 4
    Important dates
        Page 5
    Who is who in our department
        Page 6
    Did you know that...
        Page 7
    Are you up to some laughter?
        Page 8
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Special Issue


Highlights
* PLP News: an outlet for FPS newsletter


Highlights
* Know more about Dr. Pete Timmers program


* Find out who is leaving us and who is coming to Find out what happened in the last FPS meeting
Gainesville!!


' PLP News


The Newsletter of
the Plant '
Department
Volume 3- Issue 5
May 1999


End of an Era


y Ms. U//a Benny and Dr Rose Koenig


Dr. Corby Kistler came to
the Department of Plant Pathology
in 1985. He began working with
Ulla
Benny
and
has
since
pub-
lished
many journal articles with her and
several graduate students, post-
docs and visiting scientists that
followed. For Corby, the true be-
ginning of his research program
started with his first grant award.
"Remember Your First Time" was
the theme of the party that Corby
hosted for the entire department
one Friday afternoon, after he had
found out that his first grant had


been approved. That was the be-
ginning of almost 15 years of re-
search at the University of Florida.
Dr. William Powell was the first
post-doctoral fellow that Corby
hired. Bill was instrumental in con-
structing pLD, a chromosome
breaking vector that has since been
in great demand among scientists
transforming filamentous fungi.
For those that are curious about
what pLD stands for, you'll be sur-
prised! It is short for Lttle Doctor
because "every great invention
should be named after its creator."
Many other scientists and
students have passed through
Corby's lab since then and now it's
time to close the doors. Dr. Kistler
has accepted a position as geneti-
cist at the USDA Cereal Disease


Laboratory in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Gone is the inflatable animal col-
lection. Only one lonely pink fla-
mingo hangs from an incubator
door. Another notable paraphera-
lia, soon to be gone, is the exten-
sive post card collection. The rule
was that every meeting participant
was required to send a card to
those left behind in the lab. Look-
ing at the door one cannot help but
realize that this has been a very
prolific lab!
Are you
good with darts? You
better have been when
you walked into his
class the first day.
Accurate aim at the list of terms
might have been to your benefit, if
you took Dr. Kistler's advanced


1 Ms. Ulla Benny is a senior biological scientist at Dr. Kistler's lab, Dr. Rose Koenig is his former graduate stu-
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plant pathology course. Corby's
creative spirit was reflected in the
way that he made a student pick
the quiz questions at the beginning
of the semester. The exercise was
to entice students to get a firm
foundation at the very beginning.
The more conventional way would
have been to ask the students to
know the definitions to these terms
so that the class was better able to
understand the lectures and could
write laboratory reports in Physioogy
of Parasitism. That was the name of
Dr. Kistler's advanced course in
1985, when he first taught it. The
current catalog lists it as Molecular
Plant P '*...: Every time the
course was taught, regardless of the
name, Dr. Kistler spent countless
hours of preparation in order to
bring students the most current
knowledge in the molecular
mechanisms of disease resistance
and pathogenesis.
When students took the
course in the early 1990's, Corby
gave very challenging exams. Each
exam consisted of four questions,
which required the student to go to
the library and do reading of the
current literature. Keep in mind
these were not simple questions,
and additionally, your answer could
only be one page in length. We
remember quite vividly the rush of
students to the library frantically
searching through journals and
photocopying articles. He graded
the exams fairly but had high ex-
pectations of the students; defi-
nitely challenging them and re-
quiring them to work hard for their
grades. He brought a high standard
of education and dedication to the
teaching program.
Each time Corby taught
the course he tried to incorporate
the latest research findings. He also
tried to develop new ways to help
students learn the subject matter.


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For example, last year the labora-
tory took the form of writing a
grant proposal. This was an exer-
cise that graduate students will ap-
preciate when they face the real
world where every starting scientist
has to convince a funding institu-
tion that one's project is worth
sponsoring.
Another important contri-
bution to the department's teaching
program that many students
probably do not know is that he
wrote a grant to get funding to
improve the teaching laboratory.
The grant allowed the department
to redesign the teaching lab and
purchase state of the art equip-
ment. The entire department
should be grateful for this contri-
bution, since most of us have bene-
fited from this improved facility.
Another important contri-
bution to the department was
Corby's constant presence at stu-
dent seminars, research proposals
and exit seminars. He always tried
to attend and support students
when they were presenting their
research and ideas to the depart-
ment. His presence at social activi-
ties such as volleyball games, par-
ties, department functions, and the
PLP News did not go unnoticed.
Additionally, the many years he
played the role of Santa Claus at
Christmas parties was greatly ap-
preciated not only by the children,
but also by the grown ups!!
Corby, we wishyou great success at
your new lab!


Faculty, staff,
students


and


Awards:


Ricardo Harakava
won a very special
award. His presentation
"Development of
transgenic resistance
against Xylellafastidiosa" was chosen
as the best student's presentation in
the PMCB Crystal River Work-
shop, which had the participation
of most PMCB students and fac-
ulty. Ricardo received a certificate
and a $500 check.
Alfred Addison, a.ka. "Bull",
received recognition in the form of
a plaque and a check for $1000 last
Friday. He was nominated for ex-
cellence in janitorial services.
Congratulations toyou and keep up the
good work!

Trips:
Dr. Charudattan visits Brazil
again: Dr. Charu went to Brazil to
collaborate with researchers from
Africa on a pathogen of waterhya-
cinth. Uredo echorniae is a rust
pathogen of water hyacinth that
is very effective in
keeping natural populations of
waterhyacinth in Brazil in check.
Since rust fungi are very host spe-
cific, there is hope that this fungus
may be used as a biocontrol agent
in the United States to control this
aquatic weed.
Citrus club members in Spain:
Citrus club members and a few
faculty participants traveled to
Spain for
7 days.
Repre-
sentatives

depart-
ment
were An-
gela Vincent, Alvaro Urena, Ab-
dul Al-Saadi, and Bayram Cevik
Their trip included touring many
citrus groves and numerous pack-
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the trip was educational and excit-
ing!

Meetings:
Mark Elliott recently returned
from Vancouver, British Columbia
where he was invited to present a
paper at the 16t World Orchid
Conference. The paper was entitled
"Orchid viruses: a glimpse into the
current status of the common vi-
ruses infecting orchids." This was a
culmination of the study that he
and Brian Siegmann started last
summer to determine the incidence
of odontoglossum ringspot to-
bamovirus and cymbidium mosaic
potexvirus and, more importantly,
to determine if cymbidium ringspot
tombusvirus could be detected in
orchid collections in Florida and
across the US.
For Dr. Niblett's adventure in
Spain, check next month's issue of
the PLP News!

Who is leaving us:
Dr. Kistler is
leaving the depart-
ment on the 24t of -
this month. We
would all like to *
thank him for his
dedication to the a
students and to acknowledge his
excellence in research gaJi teaching.
Mr. Rodney Pettway ancfr.
Liane Rosewich are also leaving
Gainesville. They are going to
Minnesota with Dr. Kistler, and
will be working respectively as
biological scientist and post-
doctoral fellow in his new lab.
Dr. Chandrika Ramadugu is
leaving our department. She ac-
cepted a position as a researcher at
Integrated Plant Genetics.
Dr. Yinong Han, who has just
graduated from Dr. Kistler's lab,
has taken a post-doc position at
Shands under Drs. Laipis and


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Bems in the department of Bio-
chemistry and Molecular Biology.
Her project will focus on gene
therapy.
We wishyou all the best of luck in the
future!!!

More qualifying examinations:
Gayle VandeKerckhove has suc-
cessfully finished her qualifying
exams.
Congratulations, Gayle!!







Wedding bells are ringing:
Bob Harveson (Dr. Kimbrough's
student) and Tammy Plyler (a
former graduate
\ student of our
getting married.
The wedding will
take place in Statesville, North
Carolina on Saturday June 5th at
two o'clock in the afternoon at the
Shiloh United Methodist Church.
Congratulations, and we wishyou the
very best in your


General announcements


We were all waiting for that mo-
ment... Daniela Lopes had her
baby girl, Mariana,
who was born on '
5/11, with 7.2
pounds and 19.1
inches.
We all wish Dani, Fabiano, and
Mariana the

* Carol Stiles, Pia Gavino, and
Steve Millett are the three candi-
dates selected so far for the 7,," ..
teaching '.1 .. research on
turfgrass pathology position. The


three finalists will come to the de-
partment for interviews in the end
of May and beginning ofJune.

* The department will be receiv-
ing a new Ford Taurus station
wagon in the beginning of June.


This 1999 model will be used only
for out of town trips, while the
1997 station wagon will be avail-
able for more general use.

Special thanks:
We would like to thank Dr.
George Agrios, Richard
Blacharski, and all of those who
somehow helped with the visit of
Dr. Patricia Zambryski.
- We would also like to acknowl-
edge Bob Kemerait Jr., the social
committee, and all of those who
made the departmental picnic at
Ginnie Springs possible. It was a
lot of fun!
Thanks a lot foryour


Increasing the circulation
of the PLP News -
our anniversary gift!

Once more the PLP News
will have its circulation number
increased. From this month on, the
FPS (Florida Phytopathological
Society) newsletter will be incorpo-
rated as a section, "News from the
FPS", in our departmental news-
letter organized and published by
the students. The entire newsletter
will be then distributed to all FPS
members.


This arrangement will
avoid duplicating information in
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detailed information on activities
within the department. It will also
provide more information from the
research centers, USDA, DPI and
industry to department members.
We hope that volunteers
from around the state will help
keep our newsletter supplied with
news items.
The integration of the FPS
newsletter into PLP News reveals
that our newsletter is increasing not
only in circulation number, but also
in significance... that is a great gift
for the second anniversary of our
PLP News!!


News from the FPS

6t Biennial Florida Phytopa-
thological Society Meeting:


On May 4th and 5th, the
FPS held its 6th biennial meeting in
Gainesville. This event was hosted
by our department and sessions
took place in Fifield Hall, at the
University of Florida. Richard Raid
(UF, Belle Glade) organized the
program for the meeting and Tim
Schubert (DPI, Gainesville) took
care of all the local arrangements.
The meeting was well attended
with many participants from the
university, USDA, DPI and indus-
try.
On Tuesday, May 4th,
numerous talks were presented at
afternoon breakout sessions:
Chemical Control & Induced Host
Resistance, moderated by Tom
Kucharek (UF, Gainesville); Mo-
lecular Plant Pathology, moderated
by Mike Davis (UF, Homestead);
Fungal Diseases moderated by
Dan Legard (UF, Dover) and New,
Resurgent and Threatening Dis-


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eases, moderated by Jack
McRitchie (DPI, Gainesville).
That same day, six of our
graduate students presented their
work as part of the Graduate Stu-
dent Paper Competition, organized
by Tim Schubert. This year the
participants were W.M. Jurick II,
S.M. Tudor, S. Chandramohan,
R.C. Kemerait Jr., M. Lopez, and
G. Astua-Monge. All of the pres-
entations were excellent and it was
obvious that the students had in-
vested considerable time and effort
in preparation. The winners were
announced at the Evening Social
and Banquet, held at the University
Centre Hotel.
First prize, a check for
:21II. was I
awarded to *-
Bob Kemerait I T j
Jr. for his paper on "Effects of
varieties and fungicides on the in-
fection of peanut by Cyindrocladium
parasiticum and Sclerotium rnfi"'.
Second prize, $150, was awarded
to Simone Tudor for her paper on
"Characterization of bacteriocin
production by Xanthomonas campes-
tis pv. vesicatoria". Third prize,
$100, was awarded to Mariadaniela
Lopez for her paper on "Detection
and distribution of dasheen mosaic
virus (Poyviridae) in Caladium x hor
tulalnum".
Way to go Bob, Simone
and Mariadaniela!!!

On Wednesday, May 5th,
sessions included Bacterial Dis-
eases, moderated by Ken Pemezny
(UF, Belle Glade), Viral Diseases,
moderated by Larry Brown (DPI,
Gainesville), and Contributions in
Plant Pathology Toward Methyl
Bromide Alternatives, moderated
by Dan Chellemi (USDA, Ft.
Pierce).
Following the sessions,
the FPS held its business meeting.


George Agrios updated the status
of the new Doctor of Plant Medi-
cine Program. The program in-
volves course work in Plant Pa-
thology, Entomology and Weed
Science followed by an internship.
Those completing the degree
would be employed in industry,
diagnostic clinics, communications,
as consultants, and other areas
where research experience is un-
necessary. The program only re-
quires final approval by the Board
of Regents and is expected to en-
roll the first students in Fall, 2000.
The announcement of the
new FPS secretary was made. This
elected position will be held by
Jeffrey B. Jones, professor of plant
bacteriology at our department. Dr.
Jones will subsequently serve as
Vice-President and President.
Congratulations, Dr. Jones.!!

Brief Notes on FPS:

*Randy Ploetz described a new
online journal to be published by
the American Phytopathological
Society. It would be refereed and
contain articles on Diagnostics and
Plant Health Management, Educa-
tion, Editorials, New Products and
Plant Health Reviews.

*Two suggestions were made for
the location of the 7t Biennial
Meeting of FPS.

1) USDA, Ft. Pierce -
This site has an auditorium for the
meeting and rooms for smaller
sessions. Holding the conference
here would allow members to see
the new facilities at the USDA as
well as the expanded IFAS Indian
River Research and Education
Center next door. It would also
allow for a short field trip to visit
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cation would be less amenable to
informal gatherings and social
events.
2) FFA Center, Haines
City This location also has ade-
quate meeting rooms, but facilities
are probably not as good for for-
mal meetings. The Center is in a
remote location in a wooded area
and all meals and lodging would be
on site. Participants would have to
plan ahead and sign up for lodging
and all meals prior to the meeting.
This location would be amenable
to informal gatherings and all par-
ticipants would be housed in the
same facility. There are numerous
opportunities for recreation such as
hiking fishing and canoeing.

Please indicate your pref-
erence for a meeting site to the
Secretary by contacting him at the
following e-mail address:
jbjones(ufl.edu


Important dates


June 11, Friday: Deadline to drop
Summer A course by college peti-
tion without receiving a WF grade.
June 19, Saturday: Summer A
graduation. No commencement.
June 25, Friday: Registration for
Summer B term.
June 28, Monday: Summer B
classes begin.
Late, employee and nondegree
registrations begin.
Drop/add begins.
June 29, Tuesday, 5:00 p.m.:
Last day to drop a Summer B class
and to change sections.
Deadline to withdraw and receive a
full refund for the summer B term.
Last day to complete late, employee
and nondegree registrations.
June 30, Wednesday: Deadline to
file an address change for the
Summer B term in the Office of


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the University Registrar, if not liv-
ing in residence halls.
Deadline to apply for A.A. certifi-
cate or degree for the Summer B
term.


Birthdays of the month


Mayumi Seo
Daryl Pring
Gerald Benny
Ulla Benny
Angela Vincent
Carol Miller
Winnette Clark
Gayle VandeKerckhove


6/4
6/6
6/13
6/15
6/15
6/18
6/18
6/26


Happy Birthday to you all!


Friday's coffee break

The labs in *
charge of the
coffee break for
the month of
June are:


June 4h Dr. Charudattan's lab
June 11P Dr. Gabriel's lab
June 181 Dr. Jones's lab
June 25h Drs. Kimbrough's,
Kucharek's, and Song's labs
Remember that on the last Friday
of every month we celebrate the
"birthdays of the month".


Incoming
graduate
students


Matthew O. Brecht will be join-
ing the ranks of our graduate stu-
dent force during the second week
in June. Matt has accepted an as-
sistantship to work on a Master of
Science degree under the direction
of Dr. Lawrence E. Datnoff, Asso-
ciate Professor at the Everglades
Research and Education Center in
Belle Glade, Florida. Matt received
a Bachelor of Science degree in
Biology from the University of
North Carolina at Wilmington in
1997. Minoring in French, he did a
study abroad in Paris, France at the
University of Sorbonne. He has
spent the last year working as an
agricultural research technician for
Frank J. Louws, in the plant pa-
thology department at North
Carolina State University in Ral-
eigh. He also managed to squeeze
in a few courses in plant pathology
which should give him a good
solid base once he starts his plant
pathology curriculum here in
Gainesville.

Our department has a new Brazil-
ian student. New .in. again!
This time the support comes to the
lady's team and we are happy to
introduce Denise C. M. Tombo-
lato. In fact, this is not her first
time here. She breathed our fresh
air last year from July to Novem-
ber, on an internship with Dr. R.
D. Berger. At that time she was
finishing a bachelor's degree at the
prestigious agronomy school in
Brazil, ESALQ, a centenarian in-
stitution in Piracicaba. Always in-
volved with plant
pathology, she
has good and
optimistic expec-
tations for her
future. Graduated
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Drs. Weingartner's and Berger's
program. She was bom and grew
up in Campinas, SAo Paulo State,
and she seems a very active lady.
Besides a good conversation, her
favorite activity is volleyball and
she is proud to have defended her
city team in several state champi-
onships. She also likes to dance
and her favorite rhythms are samba
(of course!), meringue, salsa, fla-
menco and oldies. She is ready to
make a 1(.0",, fresh start.

Alba Nava is from Venezuela; she
was bom in Maracaibo, Zulia State.
Alba got her bachelor's degree as
an agronomic engineer in 1982 and
her master's degree in Agronomy in
1986 from The University of Zu-
lia (LUZ). In her master's she
worked with breeding, specifically
i with breeding in
peanuts. After
graduation, Alba
worked in the CE-
NIAP (National
Center for Agricul-
tural Investigation), with resistance
to foliar diseases in peanut and
sesame, and also in the germplasm
bank, for oil producing crops. In
1991 she started working at the
Central University of Venezuela
(UCV), again with breeding and in
1992 she went back to LUZ. Since
then she has been working as pro-
fessor in annual crops and has been
in charge of a project in detection
of geminiviruses in tomatoes.
Along with her scientific work,
Alba worked as Editor in Chief of
La Revista de la Facultad de
Agronomia de LUZ (Magazine of
the College of Agronomy of LUZ).
Alba came to UF this summer to
work on her Ph.D. on geminivi-
ruses in tomatoes with Dr. Jane
Polston. For her dissertation she
plans to work with detection, con-
trol, resistance and epidemiology of


geminiviruses. When she goes back
to Venezuela she will continue
working with the project in toma-
toes; but not everything is work for
Alba, she also likes to cook and to
practice Tai Chi Chuan.
We wish to wekome allthe new students
to our -













Who is Who
in our Department


Who IS I..'


The Citrus Research and
Education Center (CREC) is lo-
cated in Lake ..-
Alfred, Florida, .,
and is the largest ,
of the University .
of Florida ex- ". -;
periment stations.
The problems addressed through
research at the CREC directly af-
fect Florida's $8 billion citrus in-
dustry. Dr. Pete Timmer's lab at
the CREC focuses on the etiology,
epidemiology and control of foliar
fungal diseases of citrus, including
postbloom fruit drop, greasy spot,
citrus scab, Altemnada brown spot
and melanose. Much of the re-
search is devoted to weather-based
forecasting, for determining the
need for and timing of fungicide
applications. The lab also routinely
evaluates fungicides for disease
control. Most of the lab's funding


comes from the citrus industry and
private companies.

Dr. Lavern Wayne
Timmer, or "Pete", currently has
a 1(r" e research
appointment, but
is switching to
7''".. extension
and 3' '".. research
which will open a
position for a
research patholo-
gist in the lab. He received his
B.Sc. from Michigan State Univer-
sity and his Ph.D. from the Univer-
sity of California, Riverside. In pre-
vious lives, he has done consider-
able research on blight, Phytophthora
and citrus canker. Together with
other pathologists at Lake Alfred,
he developed diagnostic tests for
citrus blight and demonstrated root
graft transmission of the disease,
but the cause is still unknown, de-
spite their best efforts. His lab de-
veloped a practical assay procedure
to quantify Phytophthora populations
and demonstrated the importance
of fibrous root rot on citrus. Much
of his recent work has been on
postbloom fruit drop. Together
with grad students J.P. Agostini
and M. Zulfiqar, Dr. Timmer de-
termined the life cycle of Colleto-
trichum acutatum on citrus. Outside
of work, Dr. Timmer enjoys bird
watching and usually spends a few
days birding whenever he travels.
He travels frequently, most often
to Latin America, to give talks,
conduct cooperative research proj-
ects, or do consulting work.


P.M. "Steve" Bushong
has been a senior biologist at
CREC since April 1998. He re-
ceived his A.A.S. from Blue Ridge
Community College and his B.Sc.
in biology from Bridgewater Col-


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lege, both in Virginia. Steve earned
his M.S. in Entomology and Plant
Pathology from the University of
Tennessee. His current research
includes the post-infectional activ-
ity of fungicides for melanose and
scab as well as the environmental
factors affecting disease severity of
both. He is also working on the
epidemiology of greasy spot. When
not working Steve enjoys playing
volleyball and rollerblading.

Holly Darhower re-
ceived her B.Sc. in biology from
Bloomsberg University in Pennsyl-
vania and her M.S. in Plant Pathol-
ogy from Penn State University.
She has been a senior biologist in
Dr. Timmer's lab since March.
Currently she is investigating the
conditions for pseudothecial pro-
duction and ascospore release of
1, as well as the devel-
opment of predictive models to
determine fungicide applications.
In her free time, she enjoys out-
door activities such as mountain
biking with her husband, Jeb.

Ana M. Ibanez-Aguero
has been a senior biologist since
1995. She earned her B.Sc. in mi-
crobiology at the University of Ha-
vana in Cuba. Ana came to the
CREC after nine years of work in
the sugarcane industry in Cuba.
She says Dr. Timmer has been an
excellent mentor for her introduc-
tion to the world of citrus diseases.
Her current research is on the biol-
ogy and pathogenicity of Alterniaa
as well as pycnidium production by
Phomopsis. She also runs the lab,
maintains stock cultures, does pur-
chasing and keeps the lab opera-
tional. Outside of work, Ana en-
joys sports, writing, travel, dancing
and sharing time with family and
friends.


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Anthony J. Tesoriero
received his B.Sc. in chemistry
from St. John's University in 1966.
He is currently a senior lab techni-
cian in Dr. Timmer's lab and works
with fungicide evaluations for all
citrus diseases. He maintains
greenhouse operations and assists
with other projects as they come
up. His hobbies are golf and girls
and he says he has no time to waste
since in three months he'll be a
senior citizen (55) in the eyes of
Wal-Mart.

Herberth Mauricio Ru-
bio studied Biology at the Univer-
sity of El Salvador and is currently
a senior lab technician for both
Drs. Timmer and Jim Graham.
Mauricio assists with fungicide
evaluations, collection and proc-
essing of samples, and with work
in the greenhouse. In his spare
time, he attends church, plays
drums and plays soccer.
Mauricio will take time
off in November-
December to return to
El Salvador to harvest the crop on
his coffee planting.

Turksen Kamber earned
her B.Sc. in agriculture and her
M.S. in Horticulture from Uluday
University in Bursa, Turkey. She
works for both Dr. Timmer and
Fred Gmitter as an OPS technical
worker. She assists with various lab
projects from spore counts to in-
oculations to culture work. Turk-
sen plans to pursue a Ph.D. in
plant pathology and will probably
focus on the environmental affects
of melanose. When not working
Turksen enjoys searching the net
for educational information and
reading magazines and books.


Did you know that...


* Dr. Timmer lived in Argentina
for a few years and speaks
Spanish?
* Worldwide, Dr. Timmer has
seen and identified over 2300
species of birds and that he
does bird
lists for
parks and
surveys?
* Holly uses e-mail to keep up
with friends and relatives from
Pennsylvania?
* Anthony travels with pets to
perform college pranks outside
of work?
* Mauricio plays guitar at par-
ties?
* Turksen not only enjoys art
museums but that her co-
workers say she's a very good
painter?
* Ana has a 7-year-old son
named Marcel and a cockateel
named Paco?


Recent Publications


Canihos, Y., Peever, T.L., and
Timmer, L.W. 1999. Tem-
perature, leaf wetness, and
isolate effects on infection of
Minneola tangelo leaves by
Altemnaia sp. Plant Disease
83: 429-433.








8 PLP NEWS
1999
Plyler, T.R., Simone. G.W., Fer
nandez, D., and Kistler, H.C.
1999. Rapid detection of the
Fusanium oxysporum Lineage
Containing the Canary Island
Date Palm Wilt Pathogen.
Phytopathology 89: 407-413.


Are you up to some
laughter?

Contributed by Dr. Zettler

Actual Business Signs:

In the front yard of a Funeral
Home: "Drive carefully, we'll
wait."
On an electrician's truck: "Let us
remove your shorts."
Outside a radiator repair shop:
"Best place in town to take a leak."
In a non-smoking area: "If we see
you smoking we will assume you
are on fire and take appropriate
action."
On Maternity Room door: "Push,
Push, Push."
On a front door: "Everyone on the
premises is a vegetarian except the
dog."


MAY


At an optometrist's office: "If you
don't see what you're looking for
you've come to the right place."
On a taxidermist's window: "We
really know our stuff."
On a butcher's window: "Let me
meat your needs."
On a fence: "Salesmen welcome
Dog food is expensive."
At a car dealership: "The best way
to get back on your feet miss a
car payment."
Outside a muffler shop: "No ap-
pointment necessary. We'll hear
you coming."
In a dry cleaner's emporium: "Drop
your pants here."
On a desk in a reception room:
"We shoot every third salesman,
and the second one just left."
At the electric company: "We
would be delighted if you send in
your bill. However, if you don't,
you will be."
In a beauty shop: "Dye now!"
On the side of a garbage truck:
"We've got what it takes to take
what you've got." (Burglars please
copy.)
In a restaurant window: "Don't
stand there and be hungry, come in
and get fed up."


Inside a bowling alley: "Please be
quiet. We need to hear a pin drop."
In a cafeteria: "Shoes are required
to eat in the cafeteria. Socks can eat
any place they want."
In a veterinarian's waiting room:
"Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!"


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Juliana Freitas-Astua
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