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Table of Contents
    Graduate school: a student perspective
        Page 1
        Page 2
    The first IFAS graduate research symposium
        Page 3
    Science Magazine special issue: plant pathology
        Page 4
    Matter and antimatter: the clash between field mycology and the lab bench
        Page 5
    Faculty profile: Dr. James W. Kimbrough
        Page 6
    USPS profile: Dr. Gerald L. Benny
        Page 7
        Page 8
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* Faculty, Staff, and Student Profiles
* Family Affairs

* Plant Pathology in the News

From the students of
the Plant Patholog
Department to our com-
Volume 5 Issue 2
March-June 2001

aPLP News


Graduate School : A Student Perspective

By: Wayne M. Jurick II

If you ask
S any graduate student
around, what is the
most important as-
pect of graduate
school they will
probably reply, "To publish as many pa-
pers as possible". While, this is a noble
and important goal to attain, there are
many important aspects that occur dur-
ing graduate education. I have jokingly
said that I will one day publish my ex-
periences, both good and bad, about
graduate school in a book with the above
title. This article is intended to prompt
others to think and reflect about the gift
of graduate education.
I personally see my experience
in graduate school as the ultimate learn-
ing experience! An experi-
ence in life, people-people
interaction, writing, and of
course the academic
component. Although
some do not see their educational experi-
ences in this manner, and that is O.K,
there is another way of thinking. I have
heard dozens of stories, both good and
bad, about peoples experience while at-
taining higher education. Interestingly,
there are very few who talk about things

other than the academic component.
Stop and ask yourself, why? I think that
when students are in the midst of the
their education, they are not actually
aware of what is occurring around them
and the changes that are happening to
their minds. This comes from first hand
experience, of course. It takes little time
to look back at where you started to no-
tice the progress and development that a
student has undergone.
You are probably think-
ing that there is no time
for reflection; "I have to
get back to the lab!" What
else is there besides the lab? Balancing
work with recreational activities has
proven to be beneficial; people are more
productive when there is a healthy mind
and body (Ask me later for the reference
on this one). Taking a little time for our-
selves once in a while helps to relieve
some of the work-related stress and pres-
Graduate education may come
at a high price for some of us, I think
long term that it is worth every penny.
Obviously, that is something that you will
have to determine for yourself As stated
earlier, the "experience" of graduate
school is just as important as the aca-
demic component. Many of us gripe
about the extra pounds we have put on

or the gray hair(s) we now have. Others
complain of health-related problems -
some of which I have experienced my-
self. Fortunately, these problems can be
managed or will hopefully go away once
the "pressure cooker" effect of graduate
school has worn off.

Ultimately, I hope that the stu-
dents who read this article may now be
aware of the other components of gradu-
ate education and appreciate them.
Maybe, after self-reflection and some
recreation, your perspective may change
the way you view your educational ex-
perience. And to think, "They pay us for

Wayne M. Jurick II is a Master of Science
graduate student in the Plant P
Department whose faculty advisor is Dr. Prem
Chourey. This Fall 2001, Wayne :.'- 'begin
his doctoral studies in plant '-..,: in the
laboratory of Dr. JeffRolins.

Faculty, staff, stu-
dents, alumni, and
colleagues of our de-
partment... _

Dr. James Kimbrough (pic-



below) has been awarded the Distin-
guished Mycologist Award by the My-
cology Society of America. This award is
bestowed annually to an individual who
has been outstanding in his or her myco-
logical career. This is one of the highest
awards to be bestowed by the MSA and
is intended to mark a distinguished ca-
reer. Nominees for the award are chosen
on the basis of quality, originality, and
quantity of their published research, and
on the basis of service to the MSA or to
the field of mycology in general. Way to
go, Dr. Kimbrough!!!

Congratulations to Camilla Yandoc
(middle), Ronald French (left), and
Matt Brecht (right) for winning first,
second, and third place, respectively, in
the Graduate Student Paper Competition
at the Florida Phytopathological Society
Meeting in Lake Alfred, FL (May 8-9,
2001). Prizes for the winners were: ^2^0
(first place), $150 (second place), and
$100 (third place).

u" Charudattan (UF Plant Pathology),
Richard Raid (Plant Pathology-EREC,
Belle Glade), Russell Nagata (Horticul-
tural Sciences-EREC), and Jonathon Day
(Florida Medical Entomology Lab) were
given the 2001 U.S. Secretary of Agricul-
ture Honor Award. "Charu" was hon-
ored for his work in biological control
strategies. Richard (pictured, left) was
honored for his work with the youth
program SOAR (Sharing Our Agricul-
ture Roots). These awards were given
on June 4th in a ceremony held in Wash-
ington, D.C. Congratulations to all !!!

Dr. Gail Wisler, Denise Tombolato,
Fabricio Rodrigues, Ronald French,
and Marlene Rosales (pictured, below)
attended The 85th Annual Meeting of the
Potato Association of America (PAA

2001) on April 23, 2001. The PAA 2001
theme was Potato Plant Health into the New
Millennium. Three days of stimulating
paper sessions were be kicked off with a
dynamic symposium entitled, "Impact of
New and Emerging Diseases and Tech-
nologies on Potato Seed Certification"
co-sponsored by the Certification and
Pathology Sections of the PAA. The em-
phasis was on challenging soil-borne dis-
The objective of this annual meeting
was to provide a forum for the presenta-
tion of new scientific information, to
conduct business of the association, and
fellowship among colleagues. The annual
meeting of the PAA is typically made up
of the following delegates: academ-
ics/scientists, extension/certification
specialists, students, honorary life mem-
bers, consultants, corporate and potato
industry representatives and private en-
The meeting took place in St
Augustine, Florida, and was organized by
Dr. Pete Weingartner, Plant Pathology,
ARC-Hastings (pictured, left), who
served as the Local Arrangements Com-
mittee Chair.

Dr. Alexander V. Karasev presented a
Special Seminar titled "Production of the
HIV-1 Vaccine Components in Plants"
on Friday, Mayy 25, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. in
Fifield Hall Room 1304.
Dr. Karasev is currently an Assistant
Professor at the Biotechnology Founda-
tion Laboratories at the Thomas Jeffer-
son Center for Biomedical Research
(Department of Microbiology and Im-
munology) in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Karasev obtained his M.S.
in Biophysics and his Ph.D. in Veterinary
Medicine at the Academy of Veterinary
Medicine, Moscow, USSR. Since coming
to the US in 1992, he has specialized in
the molecular biology of plant viruses.
Specifically, Dr. Karasev has studied the
molecular evolution and taxonomy of
closteroviruses with applied research
focused on the improvement of CTV
diagnosis and strain differentiation. He
was a Postdoctoral Research Associate

-JUNE 2001
with Dr. W. O. Daw-
son at UC-Riverside
from 1992-93, and an
Assistant Faculty in Plant Virology from
1994-1998 at the Citrus Research and
Education Center, University of Florida,
Lake Alfred.

Matt Pettersen
(pictured,left) and
Wayne Jurick
have been
awarded Alumni
Graduate Fellow-
ships for their
Ph.D.program, effective Fall 2001.
The fellowship provides a stipend of
$15,000 per year for three years, fee
waiver, and a full payment of fees for
three years. These fellowships are
awarded by the Dean's
Office. Alumni Graduate
Fellows represent the
highest graduate student
award available at the
University. Congratula-
-innc A/F-l it rl nJ L- ,nL lll --I

Dr. Raghavan "Charu"
Charudattan (pictured,
left) has received yet
another high honor. In
April 2001 he was
awarded a 3-year UF
Research Foundation
Professorship. Con-
gratulations on a well
deserved recognition!!!

Dr. Jugah B. Kadir, a 1997 Ph.D.
from this department, has returned to
Dr. R. Charudattan's program on a
one-year sabbatical study leave from
his current position as an assistant pro-
fessor in the Depart-
ment of Plant Protec-
tion, Universiti Putra
Malaysia, Selangor, Ma-
laysia. During his sabbatical tenure in
our department, Jugah will con-
duct research aimed at developing
Phomopsis amaranthicola and Dacty-
laria higginsii as bioherbicides for
pigweeds and nutsedges, respec-


tively. During his Ph.D. program, Ju-
gah recorded the occurrence of D. hg-
ginsii on purple nutsedge, Cjperus rotun-
dus, in Florida and demonstrated the
effectiveness of this fungus as a bio-
herbicide agent for this weed. He has
published his dissertation work in Bio-
logical Control, Weed Science, Weed
Technology, and Plant Disease. Wel-
come back, Jugah!!!

Dr. Pamela Roberts (pictured, below)
and Marlene Rosales attended the
41st Annual APS Caribbean Division
meeting held in Varadero, Cuba, from
June 11-15, 2001. The meeting took
place at the International Convention
Center "Plaza America" in conjunction
with the IV International Scientific
Seminar of Plant Health and several
related organizations such as: The 33rd
Annual Meeting of the Organization of
Nematologists of Tropical America
(ONTA 2001, X Latin American Work-
shop of Whiteflies-Geminiviruses II
Latin American Congress of Regional
Neotropical Section from Biological
Control International, Organization-
Workshop of Scientific Information on
Plant Protection, and The International
Workshop on Pests and Diseases in Ba-
nana: Current Situation and Challenges
for the New Century.
Cuba, the biggest island in the
Antilles, is a summary of the nature of
the Caribbean for its variety of scenarios,
diversity of cities and profusion of won-
derful beaches. It has a total surface of
100 922 km2 and an approximate popula-
tion of 11,2 million inhabitants. Their
climate is subtropical, with average
maxim and minimum temperatures of
35C and 19C, respectively, and an an-
nual media of 25C (77F).
The capital of the country, the city of
Havana, was founded in 1519 being
named Villa of San Crist6bal of Havana.
Their historical center, Old Havana, con-
stitutes a wonderful complex of colonial
architecture that has been declared by the
UNESCO a "Cultural Patrimony of the

The Center of Conventions Plaza
Am6rica located in Varadero, is a modem
complex of high integration of facilities
and services. It has a total capacity in its
rooms for 1900 people and a prepared
and specialized personnel, able to satisfy
the expectations of the organizers and
participants of the events carried out in it.

The First IFAS Graduate
Research Symposium

The First Annual IFAS
Graduate Research Symposium was
held on March 16, 2001 at the J.
Wayne Reitz Union at the University
of Florida, Gainesville. Plant pathology
graduate students Camilla Yandoc
and Matt Pettersen gave oral presen-
tations; Marlene Rosales and Bay-
ram Cevik (pictured, left) participated
in the poster session.
Matt Pettersen won 2nd place
for his oral presentation "Tobacco
Mild Green Mosaic Virus (TMGMV):
A Potential Biocontrol Agent of
Tropical Soda Apple (Solanum VIiarum
Dunal)". Dr. Raghavan Charudat-
tan was one of the moderators of this
event. The symposium was attended
by many of our faculty, staff, and stu-

Gator Encoun-
ter 2001

SThe tradi-
J tional Gator En-
'" counter was held
on Saturday, April
7, 2001 on the lawn be-
hind McCarty Hall. This
year, the department had
a "new" and updated dis-
play, where our discipline was intro-
duced to high school and community
college students, undecided UF stu-
dents, parents, teachers, and advisers.
The display was possible
thanks to the efforts of Drs. Carol
Stiles, JeffJones, and Jeff Rollins and a

group of dedicated few who helped
put the display together, and a few
more who volunteered to be present
and share our department with those
visiting our display. Thanks, to all
those who "donated" plant pathologi-
cal related material for display at this
annual event. See you next year!!!

FPS Meeting 2001

The Florida Phytopathological
Society (FPS) held its 7th Biennial
Meeting on May 8th and 9th at the Cit-
Srus Research and
Education Center
(CREC) in Lake Al-
fred. Sessions during
this meeting included:
Bacterial Diseases,
Biological and Cultural Control,
Chemical Control, Molecular Plant
Pathology, Soilborne Diseases, Viral
Diseases, New & Resurgent Diseases,
and the Graduate Student Paper Com-

Mushroom Sale 2001

The graduate students of our
department held their Annual Mush-
room Sale on Friday, February 23,
2001 in the front lobby
of Fifield Hall. Once
S again, the delicious and
fresh picked white but-
ton mushrooms were
donated by Terry Farms (Zellwood,

Special thanks to the members
of the Mushroom Committee: Matt
Brecht (chair), Amanda Bishop, Yolanda
Petersen, Ronald French, Camilla
Yandoc, and Botond "Bo" Balogh.
Without their help, this sale would not
have been such a success.
The Mushroom Committee
would like to express their "sincere
thanks to all those who made it possible

pvqr-- AL

for the Annual Mushroom Sale to be a
total success. By buying mushrooms,
you all helped to collaborate with our
student association. This year, the de-
mand far exceeded the supply. For that,
we are most grateful!"

Science Magazine Special
Issue: Plant Pathology

That's right!!! Check out the June 22,
2001 issue of Science Magazine for a spe-
cial focus on our discipline.

Plant Patholoev: A Science Collection

Alice's famous colloquy
with the Red Queen --
and, in particular, the
monarch's celebrated
observation that "it takes
all the running you can
do, to keep in the same
place" forms an apt metaphor for the
everlasting "dead heat" between plants
and the pathogens that beset them. Si-
ence's 22 June 2001 special issue on plant
pathology focuses the interplay between
plants and their microbial enemies, and
the defenses, such as resistance genes and
gene silencing, that plants have evolved
to aid in the battle. Science has a long tradi-
tion of groundbreaking research in these
areas. (For other resources and refer-
ences on microbial evolution, see the
Web supplement to the 11 May 2001
special issue on the Ecology and Evolu-
tion of Infection).
For more information, go to:

Friday Coffee Break Schedule

7-06 Gabriel &Jones
7-13 Kimbrough &
7-20 Kucharek &
7-27 Pring & Chourey
8-03 Office Staff
8-10 PD Clinic & Zettler
8-17 Bartz, Berger & Stiles

8-24 Charudattan & Hiebert
8-31 Gabriel &Jones
9-07 Kimbrough & Rollins
9-14 Kucharek & Song
9-21 Pring & Chourey
9-28 Office Staff
10-5 P.D Clinic & Zettler
10-12 Bartz, Berger & Stiles
10-19 Charudattan & Hiebert

Recent Publications

Harveson, R. M., and Kimbrough, J.
W. 2001. Parasitism and measurement
of damage to Fusarium oxysporum by
species of Melanospora, Sphaerodes,
and Persiciospora. Mycologia 93:249-

Kimbrough, J. W. 2001. Molds, Mil-
dews, Mushrooms, and Man. Plant
Pathology Department, University of
Florida. (3rd ed.), 64 pp. with CD.

Pfister, D. and Kimbrough, J. W. 2000.
Discomycetes. In: The Mycota VII,
Systematics and Cell Structure. D.J.
McLaughlin (ed), Springer-Verlag.

Wintermantel, W. M., Polston, J. E.,
Escudero, J., and Paoli, E. R. 2001.
First Report of Tomato chlorosis virus
in Puerto Rico. Plant Disease 85:228.

Two of our Career Service stalwarts,
Kris Beckham and Eldon Philman,
recently received well-deserved recogni-
tion for their exemplary service to our
department. But this was just the tip of
the iceberg when their respective families
are taken into account. In April 2001,
Kris received the IFAS Superior Accom-
plishment Award, and Eldon was
awarded the Plant Pathol-
ogy Department's very
first "Gold Fish Award"
in January 2001 (Alas, our
Department Chair, who
never received any formal training in

ichthyology, presented Eldon with a
parrotfish instead!).

Kris, a Biological Scientist, has been
working in Ernest Hiebert's lab since
1980, and manages the day-to-day re-
search and teaching needs of his virology
program. Always a busy
lab with a myriad of
graduate and undergradu-
S ate students and post doc-
torates skittering hither
and yon, she manages to keep things
running seamlessly, without fanfare, al-
ways pleasantly, but ever so efficiently.

Eldon, meanwhile, together with
his trusted sidekick, Herman Brown,
manage our burgeoning departmental
greenhouse complex, tending plants,
keeping the buildings up to snuff, and
when the occasion demands it, even
providing temporary housing for
small wayward farm
animals (see the
Nov-Dec 2000 issue
of the PLP News.).
Clearly, with all that Kris
and Eldon do here, both are entitled to
plenty of after hours leisure time in front
of a TV, sipping their favorite beverages,
or doing whatever else suits their fancy.
The trouble with this scenario, however,
is that both have extremely active fami-
lies, with spouses and children just as
productive as they are.

Kris is married to Harold
Beckham, and they have two children,
Matthew and Lauren, and a somewhat
useless rabbit named Jack. Harold works
in Facilities Operations, and we see him
frequently as he discharges his duties in
Fifield Hall, overseeing its overall build-
ing maintenance. Well-trained in carpen-
try, plumbing, electrical work, etc., Har-
old is the guy to call whenever something
goes wrong in Fifield. Like Kris, he also
was presented with a Superior Accom-
plishment Award in April. But it didn't
stop there for the
S Beckham family. Their
son, who is now a sev-



enth-grader in Westwood Middle School,
won Third Place in the category Micro-
biology for his Science Fair project, a
post harvest study involving Rhizopus
nigcaans and Moninia fructicola. Later, Mat-
thew entered his Science Fair project at
the regional level, which was held in the
O'Connell Center, and won Second

Eldon's wife, Nancy, a Biological Scien-
tist, also works in Fifield Hall, where she
has been working since 1979. Recipient
of the Superior Accomplishment Award
in 1994, She works in Mike Kane's tissue
culture program in the Environmental
Horticulture Department. Mirroring the
Beckham clan, the Philman family's ac-
complishments don't stop there not by
a long shot. Eldon and Nancy have a girl,
Caitlin, who attends Lincoln Middle
School and is in the Lyceum Program.
Now in the seventh grade, she entered a
Science Fair project and won Second
Place for the school. Then, at the re-
gional level, she won First Place! Her
project, entitled "The Effect of Compost
on Plant Growth" was entered under the
Environmental Science Teams category.
Caitlin then went on to enter the Florida
State Science Engineer Fair in Ft. Myers
and won Fourth Place.

Science is not the only forte of the Phil-
man family. All three have artistic skills as
well. In fact, Eldon now plays rhythm on
both six- and twelve-string
Ovation acoustic/electric
guitars with a group called
New Creation. This group
has recently given public
performances at The
Theater of Memories in
High Springs and is
scheduled to perform at a
Baha'i convention in Milwaukee, Wis-
consin, in late June. They also plan to
record their music and offer it for sale to
the public. With nothing else to occupy
him, Eldon also bums, paints, and carves
gourds. He is a member of the American
and Florida Gourd Societies, and at the
2001 Annual Florida Gourd Show, he

took two First, a Third,
and a Fourth Place prize for the four
pieces he entered in the judging competi-
tion. As Eldon can attest, gourds can be
functional as well as decorative. For ex-
ample, they can be made into birdhouses
and even tables! In fact, adult males be-
longing to certain tribes in New Guinea
wear gourds as part of their attire. No
doubt Eldon could make these, too.

Matter and antimatter The
clash between field mycology
and the lab bench

Biological systematics is under
going a revolution because
of our new understanding
of phylogeny. Mycological
systematics has always
been more difficult than
other fields, which explains why only in
mycology is there a nomenclature article
(Art.59) that allows for alternative scien-
tific binomials, and exceptions to that
exception (lichens, Mucorales, etc.) and
possibly an exception to the exception of
the exception (basidiolichens). Nowhere
is there greater upheaval in classification
than among the macrofungi, ie. those
with macrosocpoic fruitbodies. The
naming of these fungi goes back furthest
in time and affects more lay persons than
the naming of other fungi. Radical
changes now pit field mycology (ama-
teurs, field ecologists, and
all previous field guides)
against phylogenists, phy-
logenists against mor-
phologists, nomenclatu-
ralists against all, and leaves industry
aghast. Is there a bright light at the end
of the tunnel or is it simply the flash of
nuclear self-destruction of matter, anti-
matter, and hardly-matters?

by: S.A. Redhead. Systematics Mycology
& Botany, ECORC, Agriculture & Agri-
Food Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada,
K1A OC6. Phytopathology


Pathogen in the News

(Summarized from the Orlando Sentinel,
June 24,21 111)

Anthony, Kansas- Bureaucratic
bungling by the U.S. Department of Ag-
riculture has allowed the spread of a plant
disease that could prove as devastating to
wheat exports as foot-and-mouth disease
has been to livestock, farm groups say.

Wheat growers in Kansas,
Oklahoma, and Texas say the USDA
responded too slowly to an outbreak of
Kamal bunt at the southernmost edge of
the nation's wheat belt just as harvest was
getting under way.

Tilltia indica, which causes Kar-
nal bunt, is a fungus that is harmless to
people but sours the taste and smell of
fluor made from infected kernels. It also
slightly cuts production in infected fields.
The disease's main impact is economic:
80 countries ban imports of wheat grown
in infected

News from
the EREC
dedication of
the New Conference Center at the Ever-
glades Research and Education Center
was held during the second week of June

University of Florida's IFAS Everglades
REC new conference center was funded
by a challenge grant from the Sugar Cane
Grower's Cooperative of Florida
matched by general revenue funding


from the University. The center is located
next to the Wedgeworth Laboratory
Building on the EREC campus. It will
serve as a multi-purpose facility, which
will provide three meeting rooms that
can be opened for use as one large con-
ference room. The center will allow the
hosting of agricultural community func-
tions, educational programs, meetings,
and conferences that attract a large num-
ber of participants, both locally and from
around the world. State-of-the-art audio
and visual presentation equipment will be
available. An EREC first Friday seminar
series is tentatively scheduled to start in
September 2001. These sessions are de-
signed to share information with the ag-
ricultural community about specific pro-
jects our research and extension faculty
have been or are currently involved with.

For more information, go to:

Upon graduating from Cumber-
land High School (Mississippi) as a Vale-
dictorian in 1953, 'Jim" attended Missis-
sippi State University(MvSU). Four years
later, he obtained a B.S. while constantly
making the Dean's and President's List.
His academic excellence was carried out
during his MS program in
Botany/Entomology at MSU. Graduat-
ing with a 4.0 GPA in 1960, he went on
to become an instructor of botany at
MSU during 1961-62. However, it was
time to start thinking about doing a
Ph.D. Several schools offered him the
possibility of having him in their pro-
gram, but it was Comell University's De-

apartment of Plant Pathology (Ithaca,
NY) who gave him the best assistantship
($). But he was not going alone; in Sep-
tember 1961, he married Jane Tune.
Together, they would face Ithaca's heavy
rains and cold winters.
At Comell, his supervisor (advi-
sor) was Dr. Richard P. Korf. The title of
Jim's dissertation was "Structure and
Development of Trichobolus zukal?'. This
fungus is a discomycete with 1 ascus. To
this day, this species has the world record
in number of ascospores per ascus:
8,2 1" (Dr. Kimbrough had to count
them all!!!) Into his second year of his
Ph.D., Jim was awarded the Shell Foun-
dation Scholarship, which is given to the
outstanding graduate student in Plant
Pathology. One year before finishing up
his Ph.D. (1964), he learned that UF
Plant Pathology was creating a mycology
position. Thus, in 1964, he assumed this
faculty position, after having wrapped up
his Ph.D. in five semesters.
Although the position was ini-
tially 5(l" Teaching and 50" ', Research,
for more than 20 years those numbers
have looked more like '.1".. T.. ,._!,
41 i".. Research, and '' .. Extension.
Two years later, Dr. Kimbrough was
transferred to the Botany Department.
In 1988, he was back in the department
that first brought him to UF.
Within one year after joining the
faculty, he had modified and increased
the credit hours for Introductory Mycol-
ogy. A couple years later, he introduced
three graduate level courses on taxonomy
and biology of Ascomycetes, Basidio-
myctes and Lower Fungi. Then, in 1994,
he would introduce the "new" under-
graduate course entitled Mold, Mildews,
Mushrooms and Man. This course has
grown from an enrollment of 7 in 1994
to 283 students in Fall 2000.
His greatest achievement in re-
search has been to attract and train out-
standing students in the use ofultrastruc-
ture to determine systematics and phy-
logeny of fungi. One of his Ph. D. stu-
dents, Chin-Chyu Tu, worked on the
"Culture, Development, and Sexual
States of Rhizoctonia, Sclerotium, and

Some Related Fungi". Tu, found the
sexual stage for Sclerotium rfsii. Thus,
whenever you "bump" into Athelia nfsii
(Tu and Kimbrough) in the literature,
that's our very own Dr. James W.
As for his extension work, Jim
has been invaluable at fungal identifica-
tion for faculty, farmers and home grow-
ers. He is involved with seminars and
workshops on mushroom cultivation, is
an authority on myco-allergens, and pro-
vides mycological consulting for hospi-
tals and poison control clinics dealing
with problems with toxic mushrooms.
In September 2000, the Cooperative Ex-
tension Service published his book
"Common Florida Mushroom", contain-
ing keys, descriptions, and color illustra-
tions of 280 different mushrooms. Re-
cently, he has prepared a 73-page text-
book for his undergraduate course,
which soon will be accompanied by a
CD with course-related images.
His contributions to the disci-
pline have not remained unnoticed. Here
are but a few. Dr. Kimbrough was
president of the Mycological Society of
America from 1979-1980, he was invited
to present papers at the 1st 2nd and 4th
International Mycology Congress in
(1971, 1977,and 1990), and has won two
IFAS Award of Excellence in Graduate
Student Supervision. The greatest teach-
ing honor was receiving the Wm. H.
Weston Award for Excellence in Teach-
ing from the MSA in 1996. This year,
Dr. Kimbrough received the "Out-
standing Mycologist Award", the most
prestigious award conferred by the MSA.
Not ready to retire any time
soon, Dr. Kimbrough enjoys fishing but
mostly wild turkey hunting in upstate
Missouri. It's in Liberty, Missouri were
his daughter and his three grandchildren
(2 boys and a girl) live. Fortunately, close
by, in Leesburg, FL, his son and three
granddaughters live. Dr. Kimbrough and
his wife, Jane, will be celebrating their
41 "'. wedding anniversary in September
2001. To all the Kimbrough clan, we
wish you all the best!!!


This issue, we are profiling Dr.
Gerald L. Benny, Senior Biological Scien-
tist, who is an integral part of Dr.
Kimbrough's Laboratory.
"Jerry" received his A.A. from
Long Beach City College in 1963 and
then went on to California State College
at Long Beach to obtain his B. S (1965)
and M.S. (1969), both in Microbiology.
For his master's degree, Jerry worked for
Dr. Frank E. Swatek and the title of his
thesis was "Cytological and Histochemi-
cal Studies of Selected Species of the
Dimargaritaceae and the Kickxellaceae".
He had to teach every semester, some-
times Introductory Mycology; other
times h e was the laboratory instructor
for Medical Mycology. Further, he took
courses every semester
during his Ph.D. Back
then, he was paid to teach,
not to do research. On
Tuesday and Thursdays, his schedule
was hectic, indeed. He taught Introduc-
tory Microbiology lab from 9-12 a.m.,
and later from 7-10 p.m. (This does not
include set-up time and wrap-up time for
the labs!!!)
Upon graduation in 1969, Jerry at-
tended the Claremont Graduate School,
located half an hour drive northeast of
Riverside, California. Majoring in Botany
(Mycology), his major professor was Dr.
Richard K. Benjamin, an authority on the
Zygomycetes and the Laboulbeniales.
For Dr. Benny, the road to a Ph.D. was
Intense, yet fruitful. Since
Jerry had only taken one
botany course during all
his college years, he had
to take a dozen courses in
botany -pretty much all that was offered-
plus courses in mycology and related
disciplines. In July of 1973, Jerry submit-
ted his dissertation "A Taxonomic Revi-
sion of the Thamnidiaceae (Mucorales)"
but had to wait until February 1974 to
officially graduate, since there was only
two graduation dates. He was the only

student working in mycology, the rest
were botanists.

Six months before "officially" gradu-
ating did not prevent Jerry from seeking
a "real" job in the mycological world. In
August 1973, Dr. Benny moved to Flor-
ida, where he has stayed ever since.
What seemed to be a one-year-in-Florida
post-doctoral study with Dr. Aldrich
(Botany-currently in Microbiology) ended
up being 27 seven more years (and
counting) in the laboratory of Dr.
Kimbrough, first in the Botany Depart-
ment, now in Plant Pathology.

In the summer of 1977, Jerry
met his soon-to-be-wife Ulla Hotinen for
the first time; a week prior to the 2nd In-
ternational Mycological Congress held at
the University of South Florida in
Tampa. It was at a foray in Gainesville to
gather and collect mushrooms where it al
began. (Ulla was attending the congress
as a Master's student from VPI in
Blacksburg, Virginia. She was a student
of Dr. Orson Miller.) It did not take
long before they got married in march
1978 and Ulla, now a Senior Biological
Scientist in our department, would end
up working in the labs of several of our
faculty: Drs. Pueppke, Jackson, Gabriel,
Kistler, Song, and Rollins.
For almost a decade, Jerry fo-
cused on the ultrastructure of the Asco-
mycetes, and together with
Dr. Kimbrough, dwelled
into the world of the Pezi-
zales. In fact, if you ever
"bump" into the genus
Kirkomyces Benny or the order Glomales
Morton and Benny, you now know who
gave it that name. Although most of his
work has been on the Zygomycetes, he is
currently working on fungal phylogeny,
comparing morphological data with nu-
cleic acid sequences. This project is in
conjunction with Dr. Kerry O'Donnell
from the USDA in Peoria, Illinois.
When not in the lab, Jerry en-
joys researching his family origins and
geneology, growing and collecting lilies,
and taking care of his low-maintenance
yard. He also has time for his two cats.

But most of all, he is proud of his daugh-
ter, Sally, who is a senior in East Side
H.S. She is getting an international bac-
calaureate, attended Finnish camp in
Minnesota, and next year will be going
off to college.
To the Benny family, our very
best wishes!!!

Graduate Student Profile:
Amanda M. Bishop

This issue we are profiling
Amanda Marie Bishop, who joined our
department last Fall.
Amanda received her Bachelor
of Science in entomology from the Uni-
versity of Florida in 1999. Upon gradua-
tion, Amanda began
Working at the Florida
Museum of Natural His-
tory with Dr. David Dil-
cher. At the museum, she
is sampling the air for pollen. This was
her first exposure to aerobiology.
While working for the museum,
Dr. Dilcher and Amanda established the
first pollen station in Gainesville. Cur-
rently, the pollen counts are reported to
the Gainesville Sun (newspaper) twice a
week.. These counts are also used by a
local allergist for diagnosing patients.
This initial exposure to aerobi-
ology sparked an interest in fungal spore
concentrations, since they are a common
component of the outdoor and indoor
air. Last Fall, Amanda began working
with Dr. Kimbrough towards a Master of
Science degree in what is referred to as
"aeromycology". Amanda will be look-
ing at fungal spore populations on a di-
umal basis.
When not dwelling in the world
of mycology, Amanda enjoys kayaking,
hiking, and visiting her family in Fort
Myers, Florida. This is also the city where
Amanda went to high school. She gradu-
ated from Bishop Verot High School in
1995. Good luck on your studies!!!


The PLP News would like to thank Camilla
Yandocfor having been part of our news team for
the past 2 years. We wish you the best on your
upcoming graduation and in your future endeav-
ors. You,.'- be missed!!!

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News Team and Collaborators for March-
June 2001
Ronald French (Ed.)
Misty Nielsen
Matt Brecht
F. W. "Bill" Zettler
Anita Snyder

Gail Wisler
Richard D. Berger
James W. Kimbrough

Raghavan Charudattan
Wayne M. Jurick II
Amanda Bishop

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