Laura C Jesse Iles

Laura Iles
Director, Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic
Co-Director, North Central IPM Center
Area of Expertise: 
Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Insect Identification, Plant Problem Diagnostics

Northern Leaf Blight Prevalent in Iowa

July 23, 2014

Northern corn leaf blight (NCLB) has been reported in numerous fields in Iowa.  Most of the reports have come from central and western Iowa, but since the pathogen that causes this disease is spread by wind and rain, the disease could be more widespread.


Vampire Worms! How Root Knot Nematodes Drain the Life from Soybeans

I See Dead Plants

On this episode of the I See Dead Plants Podcast, host Ed Zaworski speaks with Dr. Travis Faske about the small round worms known as nematodes. They also discuss nematode abundance and diversity on earth, including a 28 foot long sperm whale placenta parasite. But mostly about root knot nematodes on soybean. The research publication discussed is "Movement of Seed- and Soil-Applied Fluopyram in Soil Columns" published in the Journal of Nematology. Dr. Faske is currently a plant pathology professor and extension specialist at the University of Arkansas.

Additional Resources:

An Overview of Root Knot Nematodes from the Crop Protection Network.

Root Knot Nematode from the American Phytopathological Society.

How to Control Root Knot Nematode from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

How to cite this podcast:

Zaworski, E. (Host) and Faske, T. (Interviewee). Vampire Unicorn Worms or How to Drain the Life from Soybeans with a Knife-Straw on Your Face. S1:E7 (Podcast). January 13, 2022. In I See Dead Plants. Crop Protection Network.


Phytopoetry - Spring Break Pythium Style

Join Sebastian Eugene Bartholomew, #Phytopoetry Expert, as he muses on mold, ponders plants, and bellows bug ballads. S.E. Bartholomew specializes in intellectual modesty and tact, using his vast store of knowledge to easily solve complex pest and plant issues. Make sure to subscribe here for more videos: For real, nobody knows it all. But we can help each other out with everyday problems.