Dr. Gail Wisler: new chairpers...
 Faculty, staff, students, alumni,...
 Coffee break schedule and birthdays...
 Joke of the month
 New Orleans sound

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Table of Contents
    Dr. Gail Wisler: new chairperson
        Page 1
    Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and colleagues of our department
        Page 2
    Coffee break schedule and birthdays from mid-Summer 2000 and beyond
        Page 3
    Joke of the month
        Page 4
    New Orleans sound
        Page 5
        Page 6
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* New Orleans Bound

From the students of

SPhP News PlantP
Department to our
Volume 4 Issue 4
July-August 2000



By Dr. F.W ". "' Zettler

Our new Chairperson, Dr. Gail
C. Wisler, will be joining us on or
about October 1st. Dr. Wisler was
born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She te-
ceived her BS degree in Biology at the
College of William and Mary, Virginia.
After graduating in 1976, she came to
Gainesville where she was employed as
a Biological Scientist at the Florida
Department of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Service's Bureau of Plant Pa-
thology. During her 11-year tenure at
the Division of Plant Industry, she
headed the citrus quarantine facility,
indexed citrus stocks for virus, and
assessed lettuce seed for lettuce mosaic
virus. She received her MS degree in
1981 working under the supervision of
Dr. F. William Zettler on orchid `i-
ruses. In 1986, while still working full-
time at the Division of Plant Industry,
she received a National Science Foun-
dation grant to study viruses in vanilla
plantings grown mder the auspices of
the French Polynesian government.
Later that year, she became a Biologi-
cal Scientist in our department where
she headed a monoclonal antibody
laboratory under the supervision of
Dr. Dan E. Purcifull. In 1988, Dr.

Wisler accepted a departmental assis-
tantship and began working on her
Ph.D. program. Her advisors were
Drs. Dan Purcifull and Ernest Hiebert,
and her dissertation involved the rm-
lecular characterization of the PI pro-
tein of the zucchini yellow mosaic po-
After graduating in 1992, Dr.
Wisler accepted a position as a Post-
doctoral Associate at the USDA/ARS
Crop Improvement and Production
Unit in Salinas, California. She worked
under the supervision of Dr. James E.
Duffus on soil-borne, fungus-
transmitted viruses of sugar beet. In
1995, she accepted a permanent posi-
tion there as a Research Scientist. Her
current position at Salinas is Lead Sci-
entist and Research Plant Pthologist,
and she has expanded her research to
include whitefly- and aphid-transmitted
viruses of sugar beet and other vegeta-
ble crops. She received the USDA
Certificate of Merit Award for her
work on furoviruses and closterovi-
ruses and is now completing a sabbati-
cal leave at the Broom's Barn Sugar
Beet Experiment Station in Bury, St.
Edmunds, England.

Dr. Wisler has published 29 full-
length technical papers, 2 feature arti-
cles in Plant Disease, 3 book chapters,
and a book on orchid viruses pub-
lished in 1989. She has also presented
over 40 abstracts and given many
other talks at professional meetings,
classrooms, grower groups, and work-
shops. Dr. Wisler is currently President
of the International Working Group
for Plant Viruses with Fungal Vectors,
Secretary for the International Vegeta-
ble Virus Working Group, and a
member of the Constitution and By-
laws Committee of American Society
for Sugar Beet T... .1 ..
It is a pleasure to welcome Dr.
Wisler and her husband, H. William
Brown, back to Gainesville. Clearly,
her success reflects well on our de-
partment's graduate program, and we
look forward to a bright future as she
assumes her new post. In her letter of
application, Dr. Wisler wrote that '7
endorse a strong teaching program, /ke the
one I experienced at UF. The positive col-
laborations between students, searchers, al-
ministrators, technical support and indus-
try personnel have always been important to

* New Department Chairperson

* Faculty, staff,

students and alumni

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the success of the Plant P '... ,' Department
at UF, and for that reason, the department
continues to be a leader in the field." She
went on to say that she expects to see
many changes here over the next sev-
eral years and welcomes the challenge
of having a positive impact on these
changes by maintaining an enthusiastic
and active approach to maximizing the
research, extension, and teaching capa-
bilities of the department. We couldn't
agree more.

Incidentally, those planning to attend
the 92nd APS Annual Meetings in
New Orleans in August may want to
attend Dr. Wisler's talk, entitled
'\\ hir 0 properties and their value in
detection and differentiation of
criniviruses," which will be presented at
the Biology of Pathogens Special Ses-
sions as Publication no. P-2000-0010-
SSA. Hers is one of ten being given in
the Applied and Basic Developments
in the Closteroviridae Discussion
Group. Other speakers include Drs.
William O. Dawson (Citrus REC at
Lake Alfred, FL), Bryce W. Falk (for-
merly Everglades REC at Belle Glade),
and Steven M. Garnsey (USDA, ARS
at Orlando).

(Ed. Note: The PLP News would like
to welcome Dr. Zettler as a new
member of our News Team.)

Faculty, staff, students,
alumni, and colleagues of our

Gabriela S. Wyss is leaving our de-
partment on July 15th to return to
Switzerland. She was offered a perma-
nent position at the Research Institute


of Organic Agriculture (www.fibl.ch),
in Frick, Switzerland, as part of the
"Plant Protection" group. As a project
leader, she will work on monitoring
the influences of pesticides in the soil
by characterizing risk indicators (e.g.,
arthropods or other organisms in the
soil). Included in this 100% research
responsibility will be the supervision of
a PhD student in the field of induced
resistance. She will also be dealing
with the determination of products
used in organic agriculture. In the next
year, upon approval of a new COST
project (European Cooperation in the
Field of Science and T...hn. .1.. 'i on
biological control of weeds, she will
establish a biological control program
on Amaranthus spp., which is also a
serious problem in Europe. Gabriela
would like to thank everybody who
made her stay pleasant and enjoyable
and especially to all those whose assis-
tance made her work run smoother.
Congratulations and the best of luck!!!

Dr. F. William ("Bill") Zettler, a
member of our Plant Pathology
Department, was one of two faculty
with the
wide Uni-
versity of
Florida Teacher of the Year Award
for 1999-2000. Previously, he received
the UF College of Agriculture and Life
Sciences' 1999-2000 Undergraduate
Teaching Award.
Dr. Zettler has been a fac-
ulty member of the department since
1966, and during the 1999-2000 school
year, taught two upper division
courses, "Fundamentals of Plant Pa-
thology" and the College of Agricul-
ture and Life Sciences "Honors Collo-
quium." He also taught a lower divi-
sion course, "Plants, Plagues, and Peo-

ple," which he initiated in 1990. Con-
gratulations, Dr. Zettler!!!

Juliana Freitas-Astua received na-
tional recognition from the American
Women in Science
Foundation. Her
application for the
Amy Lutz Award
for Life Sciences
(Plant Biology),
while not success-
ful, was rated by
the reviewers as
"highly meritori-
ous" and was designated as an Honor-
able Mention. The AWIS Education
Foundation bestows several prestigious
Predoctoral Awards annually. This
year's winner of the Amy Lutz Award
is from the University of California at
Berkeley (Plant and Microbial Biology
Department). Juliana's Honorable
Mention was one of only twelve from
a strong pool of applicants from
around the United States. She was the
only applicant recognized from Florida
and from any of the plant pathology
departments in the U.S. Way to go,

Polly M. Teele, departmental ac-
countant, recently retired after more
than three decades of work at the Uni-
versity of Florida.
"I was born in Americus,
Georgia on May 7, 1939. My father
was a railroad engineer and my mother
was a dance instructor. She had dance
studios in five Georgia cities, and stud-
ied under Buddy Fbsen. As a youth,
Jimmy Carter was taught the ballroom
style of dancing by my mother. Dance
has always been a part of and en-
hanced my life. Currently, one of my
granddaughters is instructing dance.
I was an only child for 14
years, and then I was blessed with a
little sister and again another sister
eleven months later. While I was
growing up, my family moved to
Florida, but then went back to Geor-

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gia where I met and married my one
and only husband for 44 years (ohn
Calvin Teele).
I married at the age of seven-
teen. I had not finished my senior year
of high school at the time, and I
promised my father if he allowed me
to marry, I would graduate. I gradu-
ated as Valedictorian!
While still living in Georgia,
we had three wonderful children that
have blessed and enriched our lives.
They are even more wonderful as
adults that carry to their communities
the family values my husband and I
have been able to share with each of
them. We have three granddaughters
and three grandsons who are the
"greatest". We are hoping to be
around someday to see some great-
I plan on traveling, attending
gospel music concerts, watching my
husband fish and enjoying my family.
I will read, crochet, listen to the birds
sing, enjoy sunrises and sunsets and
maybe even take afternoon naps.
I have enjoyed my career with
the University of Florida for 31.2
years. I am very grateful for the
knowledge I have gathered and for the
friends, faculty and co-workers who
have enhanced my pathway, a journey
I will never forget and forever hold
dear to my heart."

Coffee Break Schedule and
Birthdays From mid-Summer
2000 and Beyond

Friday Coffee Break




Kimborough and

7-28 Pring and Chourey
8-4 Disease Clinic, Zettler and


8-11 Hiebert
8-14 Bartz, Berger and Stiles
8-25 Charudattan


8-8 Gene Craw

8-10 Bayram Cevik
8-12 Alvaro Urena
8-13 Bill Zettler
8-26 Patty Hill
9-1 Ellen Dickstein
9-1 Lauretta Rahmes
9-19 Jim DeValerio
9-26 Terry Davoli
9-29 Diane Concelmo

Recent Publications

Legard, D.E., Xiao,
C.L., Mertely, J.C.,
and Chandler, C.K.
2000. Effects of plant spacing and cul-
tivar on incidence of Botrytis fruit rot
in annual strawberry. Plant Disease 84:

The Annual Review of Phytopathology
will be available in September. In this
publication, there is a 'review' titled
"Citrus Blight and Other Diseases of
Recalcitrant Etiology" by L.W.
Timmer and Kenneth S. Derrick

Dr. Zettler attends
NACTA Conference

Dr. F. William Zet-
tier attended the
46th Annual Con-
ference of the Na-
tional Association of
Colleges and Teach-
ers of Agriculture
(NACTA) held June 18-21 on the


Delaware Valley College campus in
Doylestown, PA. NACTA is a profes-
sional society that focuses on teaching
agriculture and related disciplines at the
postsecondary level in public and pri-
vate two- and four-year colleges.
Formed in 1955, NACTA provides a
forum for discussion related to the
improvement of college instruction
and publishes the NACTA Journal,
which is refereed and published quar-
terly. Its articles cover topics that treat
all aspects of teaching such as methods,
problems, philosophies, and rewards.
The University of Florida's
College of Agriculture and Life Sci-
ences was especially well represented at
the Doylestown meetings, and several
members received special awards.
These included Drs. Mathew T. Baker,
Rick D. Rudd, (both in the Depart-
ment of Agricultural Education and
Communication), and Michael T.
Olexa (Department of Food and Re-
source Economics), all of whom re-
ceived NACTA Teacher Fellow
awards. Dr. Olexa, who is a member
of the Florida Bar and now teaches
agricultural law, received his Ph.D. de-
gree from our department in 1976.
Two members of the Entomology
and Nematology Department
also received awards; Mr. Byron R.
Coon received the NACTA Graduate
Student Teaching Award, and Dr.
Donald W. Hall received the NACTA
Ensminger- Interstate Distinguished
Teacher Award. Dr. Hall teaches ENY
2040, The Insects, an introductory
lower division course similar to PLP
2000 and PLP 2060 taught by Drs.
Zettler and James W. Kimbrough, re-
spectively. Finally, Dr. LarryJ. Connor,
Dean Emeritus, received the NACTA

Distinguished Educator Award. Dur-
ing Dr. Connor's tenure as Dean, Flor-
ida became the nation's sixth largest
agricultural college, and undergraduate
enrollment at Florida increased 150
percent and graduate by 7 percent.

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Joke of the Month

Some University of
Georgia graduates
decide to start a
chicken farm. They get
some chickens and
plant them in the
ground, headfirst. When all the chick-
ens die, the farmers are somewhat
confused, but they don't give up.
They get some more chick-
ens, and these are planted feet-first. It
takes a little longer, but eventually the
second batch of chickens die, too.
They decide to write a letter
to the University of Georgia agricul-
tural extension office. In the letter they
explain in detail the procedures they
have followed and
their disappointing
results. A few weeks
later they receive this
reply from the office:
"Before we can advise
you, please send us a soil sample."

USPS and A&P Holidays

USPS and A&P employees are
eligible for nine paid holidays each
year. All full-time A&P and USPS
employees earn eight hours of holiday
pay as long as they are in pay status for
a reasonable portion of their last regu-
larly scheduled workday before the
holiday. (Your supervisor determines
what is a reasonable portion of the
workday.) Part-time employees are
entitled to holiday time in proportion to
their FTE

Remaining 2000 Holidays:

Labor Day- Monday 9/4
Veterans Day (observed)- Fri 11/10
Thanksgiving-Th & Fr, 11/23 &


Christmas Day- Monday 12/25

Cool Web Sites

A handful of websites with activities to
help you beat the heat!

* Looking for a place for a first date?
To take the kids? To get out of the
sun? Try Gainesville's very own Do
Art! www.doart.com has the art stu-
dio's schedule, coupons, and gives you
an overview of all the cool art projects
you can do at the studio.

STrying to find a way to relax? h-
crease your flexibility? You can take a
Tai Chi course here in town or you can
do it over the web-
www.soton.ac.uk/-maal/tai.htm has
the entire Yang form (long and short)
with diagrams and little animated pic-
tures of each move. The site also fea-
( tures some history and
other fun stuff.

S Amaze and befuddle
your friends- learn magic tricks online!

htm has
from easy
hand that
do with an ordinary deck.

to ad-
sleight of
you can

By Angela Vincent

Impressions of an Exotic
A few weeks ago, Camilla, Chandra,
Jim, Charu, and I had the privilege of
attending the 3rd International Weed
Science Congress held this year in Foz
do Iguassu, Brazil. After a rather gru-
eling nine-hour plane ride


to Sao Paulo, we waited a brief period
before boarding again to fly to the
Falls (Foz). Just before landing in the
famous town, we were treated to a
spectacular aerial view of the Falls as
our plane flew directly over them.

This experience was just one of many
that have now become fond memories
of our adventures in Brazil. The con-
ference was superbly organized and
held in a beautiful four-star hotel. We
met and mingled with some of the
world's most famous weed scientists (a
total thrill) and learned a great deal
about the newest technologies for
solving some of the world's biggest
agricultural challenges (weed control).
Perhaps most ..::.-irin we met old
friends and former colleagues of our
lab here at UF, who have returned to
their homeland and are now research-
ers and professors themselves. It was
great to see Dauri and Alan, I mean,
Drs. Tessman and Pomella.

While our friends Dauri, Alan, and
Robinson Pitelli took excellent care of
us during our visit i'r i i-1. Iri., driving
us around, etc.), the Brazilians them-
selves were excellent hosts. They
were kind and helpful and have a zest
for life many of us in this country per-
haps have forgotten. Even when they
didn't understand us, they were so pa-
tient! The food was absolutely unbe-
lievable both in presentation and taste.
They took great pride in the selections
they prepared for us each day and
made an amazing feast of "dorodo"
and an entire roasted lamb for us at
the closing ceremony dinner. It was a
real Brazilian party with beautiful flow-
ers, sumptuous food, and a great

We couldn't leave Brazil without ex-
periencing the Falls first-hand. So all of
us, except Charu, chose a short jeep
adventure through the woods before

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hiking down the falls to a boat ride.
We observed the flora and fauna of
Brazil as we walked up and down
steeply carved steps down to the boats
that awaited us. We soon embarked on
a thrilling speedboat ride into the falls
themselves. We were surrounded by
falls that lie on the border of three
countries: Brazil, Argentina, and Para-
guay. The boat captains and guys at
the dock insisted we weren't going to
get "that" wet, as they handed out
plastic bags for cameras and important
documents. We smiled back appre-
hensively as we left our shoes at the
dock to stay dry. We were soon
screaming with excitement as we nego-
tiated the currents and enjoyed the
tricks of manueverability our captain
displayed. The sunlight hitting the falls,
cast rainbows everywhere and it was
one of the most majestic experiences
of my life. We laughed as we were
shocked by the cold water of the falls
as our captain drove the boat right
under one so we were all completely
soaked. It was fantastic! Camilla and I
had been so careful the entire week to
watch what we ate and to brush our
teeth only with bottled water. This
was to no avail, however, since we
must have swallowed a quart of falls
water with our screams of delight on
the boat ride. After emerging from
the boat as drowned rats, we trekked
back to a jeep that returned us to the
starting point. Gorgeous butterflies of
all colors and sizes landed on us, but
our adventures had only just begun.
We then decided to hike the actual falls
down to the "throat of the devil."
There is a walkway that extends so far
into the falls, that you are actually sur-
rounded by them on three sides. It's
quite a hike up and down a few miles
of steps built in the hillside. Small
furry (adorable) native animals, follow
you on your journey, hoping for a
snack, even though feeding them is
forbidden. The rush of the falls is so


intense that when you reach them, the
aerosol literally soaks you. It was a
humbling and spiritually amazing ex-
perience; one I will never forget.

At the end of the meeting, we flew
back to Sao Paulo and had to stay
over one night. We were treated like
royalty by Juliana's family who gra-
ciously showed us the sights and took
us to a fantastic typical Brazilian barbe-
que. We stopped by her brothers'
apartment and they insisted that we
leave first, since it is a custom that if
the guests leave first, they will be sure
to return. I look forward to my next
visit to this fantastic country; Brazil is in
my heart.

New Orleans Bound!

The APS an-
nual meeting is right
around the corner and
this wear's destination is
the enchanting city of
New Orleans! Al-
though the meeting will take up most
of everyone's time, hopefully you'll get
to enjoy a night on the town. This
decadent town of nightlife, voodoo,
music and food has so much to see,
but here's a quick guide to some sites,
city tips, and, of course, wonderful

Sites to see?
Looking for a onord mnel and

. ....... b .. b .. .
some fun? Try a cooking course!
These 2-4 hour classes usually of-
fer a bit of history, a large meal,
and helpful hints on authentic
New Orleans cuisine preparation.
http: //neworleansdiscounts.co
m/CookinCajun.html has a
coupon for one of these wonder-
ful little classes.

The wax museum downtown is a
neat way of brushing up on your
N.O. history. Goes great with a
big daiquiri.
The Aquarium of the America's
boasts some great exhibits and
also has an IMAX theater.
Looking for a spooky evening
out? N.O. is famous for its walk-
ing tours, but try a night tour for
something really unusual. Every-
thing from ghosts, cemeteries,
voodoo and vampires is covered.
The author's favorite tour group
is Haunted History.
m/things to do/contents.shtml
has coupons for both the aquar-
ium and Haunted History tours.

Where to eat?
Breakfast is the most important
meal of the day, right? With a
heavy french background, N.O.
has more corner bakeries than
you can imagine. A great one is
La Madeleine's- this little bakery
has locations all over town and
has great coffee, atmosphere and
Looking for something uniquely
N.O., but not stuffy? Try Straya's!
This restaurant is part owned by
Anne Rice and is ii'i .../ iir, fun
and garish- but the food is amaz-
ing: unique cuisine with New Or-
leans flair. Located on the St.
Charles streetcar line (you can't
miss the neon sign and gold gild-
And for a traditional N.O. eating
experience, try lunch at The Royal
Cafg downtown. With balconies
overlooking the crowds below,
you can enjoy gumbo and people
watching to your heart's content.

Pointers for around town?

GUST 2000
* August, like much of the year,
means hot and humid for N.O..
Be sure to carry plenty of water
and an umbrella wherever you go.
Many people feel that Mardi Gras
is the only time N.O. is dangerous,
but the truth is it's a big city with a
high crime rate. Never travel alone
and stick to the well-known parts
of town. Be especially careful visit-
ing the cemeteries- the above
ground vaults make it easy to get
lost and easy for people to hide.
Beware pickpockets and loose
women! This old-fashioned N.O.
phrase is still somewhat
true...plenty of people are waiting
to scam you on Bourbon Street
and it's easy to binge drink when


liquor is served everywhere and in
huge quantities. Know your limits!
Eating is a big deal for N.O. and
they do it well! Try eating in the
expensive restaurants at lunchtime
instead of dinner you'll get the
same portions at a cheaper price
and without a long wait for a ta-
nks/nolinks/nolinks.htm has sev-
eral interesting links to things to do
around town, local papers and
various web sites for the N.O.

If you would like to join our staff or con-
tribute an article, contact us!

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News Team July-August 2000
Ronald French
Misty Nielsen
Angela Vincent
Camilla Yandoc
Matt Brecht
F. W. "Bill" Zettler

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