Saving Christmas: Curbing Phomopsis Damage
to Blue Spruce Trees
Researchers and educators at Michigan State University’s W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest are studying the Phomopsis fungus and its devastating effects on Colorado Blue Spruce, a popular holiday tree. Phomopsis is a disease of the branches that causes needle loss.
Katherine L. Gross, MSU distinguished professor of plant biology and director of the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, has been appointed chair of the Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences of the National Science Foundation.
Researchers from Michigan State University have developed a handheld device that can scan plants and upload the data to an online sharing and analysis platform.