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Issue No. 1, Article 4/March 23, 2007

Welcome to Dr. Carl Bradley!

I take this opportunity to introduce you to the most recently hired member of our Extension group in the Department of Crop Sciences. Dr. Carl Bradley began working with us officially on January 16, so it's possible you have already heard some of his educational presentations. Carl began working a lot, and right away, hitting the ground running. He's barely had time to catch his breath, but I know he would welcome your contacts. He's eager to begin working with you.

Dr. Bradley came to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) from North Dakota State University, where he was an assistant professor of plant pathology from 2002 through 2006. His extension responsibilities focused on diseases of broadleaf crops, incluing canola, chickpea, dry edible bean, dry pea, flax, lentil, soybean, sugarbeet, and sunflower. His research focused primarily on management of diseases caused by pathogens with broad host ranges and that affected multiple broadleaf crops, such as root rot diseases and diseases caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.

Carl's roots are in Illinois, where he grew up in Gallatin County. He received his B.S. from Southern Illinois University in 1995 and both his M.S. (1999) and Ph.D. (2001) from UIUC, working with Dr. Wayne Pedersen. Carl's master's research focused on the effect of fungicide seed protectants, seeding rates, and reduced rates of herbicides on no-till soybeans; research for his Ph.D. focused on interactions between herbicides and soybean diseases. After completing his Ph.D., Carl worked for one year as a postdoctoral fellow in plant pathology at the University of Idaho before moving to North Dakota State.

Dr. Bradley already has built up considerable experience with educational and research programs devoted to managing plant pathogens in field crops. Feel free to contact him with questions, observations, or a simple introduction. You can reach him at carlbrad@uiuc.edu or (217)244-7415. Welcome, Carl. We are excited to have him as a member of our team in Crop Sciences, and we believe you'll appreciate his expertise and efforts, too.--Kevin Steffey

Kevin Steffey

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