Ontario Hoppenings Lunch and Learn – Monday, January 25th at noon

Overview: Join OMAFRA specialists Evan Elford and Melanie Filotas for bi-monthly online Zoom discussions about Ontario hops. Building on the successful 2020 season webinars, Evan and Melanie will be hosting a series of winter hop discussions with some guest speakers to provide insight into new and exciting areas of hop production, pest management and marketing.

Date: January 25, 2021 Noon-1pm

Topic: Hop Virus Research in Michigan with Dr. Carolyn Malmstrom (MSU)

This month we will be hosting Dr. Carolyn Malmstrom, Michigan State University. Dr. Malmstrom will be providing an overview of her work developing better methods to detect viruses and viroids that can impact hop production in Michigan. 

Background: Dr. Malmstrom is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.  Dr. Malmstrom’s research focuses on understanding how the smallest plant-infecting microbes – viruses, viroids and phytoplasmas – move among agricultural and natural communities and influence ecological dynamics. Her lab is using deep-sequencing to explore the diversity of viruses, viroids, and phytoplasmas in plants and insects in several ecosystems, and evaluating the effects of these microbes on plant performance and fitness. Their work with plant microbes has recently taken them to Michigan hopyards where they are developing better methods to detect viruses and viroids that can impact hop production. 

Register in advance for this meeting: Attendance is free and open to anyone, however you must pre-register for each meeting to obtain the log-in details.  Anyone wishing to ask questions in advance can email Evan (evan.elford@ontario.ca) or Melanie (melanie.filotas@ontario.ca) prior to the scheduled webinar date or enter it in the question field when you register, and we will try to answer during the session.

Click here to register: 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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