Nematodes are a parasitic plant pest that routinely robs yield on corn and soybeans and some other plants in Iowa. If you want to learn more about this tiny worm, you can take a course online offered by Iowa State University this summer. This is an academic course on the biology and management of plant-parasitic nematodes. It is the first time ever that the course will be offered online in addition to being taught on campus.
"This course will provide a very broad introduction to the biology, physiology, scouting, and management of plant-parasitic nematodes that would be useful for personnel conducting work associated with nematodes in the agribusiness industry," says Greg Tylka, an ISU Extension plant pathologist and nematologist.
The course is organized as a 2-credit lecture class and an optional 1-credit lab module; both are taught primarily by Dr. Felicitas Avendano, plant nematologist and associate professor of biology at Grandview University in Des Moines, Iowa. "There will be some lectures on selected topics in the course. The lectures will be given by ISU faculty, including me," says Tylka.
You need to register now if you want to take this online course this summer--registration is required by May 6, 2013 – next week!
Felicitas Avendano earned her PhD in nematology in 2002 from Michigan State University, where she conducted field research on the spatial distribution of soybean cyst nematode, or SCN, in relation to various soil properties. After earning her PhD, Dr. Avendano came to Iowa State University and conducted research on the interactions between SCN and soybean aphid on soybean for several years before she joined the faculty at Grandview University teaching biology in 2008.
Students enrolled in the online lecture class will be able to take the lectures at a time and place that is convenient for them; that is, not necessarily at the same time that the class is meeting for lecture on campus.
This course will provide a very broad introduction to the biology, physiology, scouting and management of plant-parasitic nematodes that would be useful for personnel conducting work associated with nematodes in the agribusiness industry. "Please feel free to share this message with others who you think might be interested in the online course," Tylka adds.