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Welcome new Soybean Research Center members, Drs. Horacio Lopez-Nicora and Mitchell Roth!

Dr. Lopez-Nicora is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology. He is a plant pathologist, nematologist, and statistician committed to improving and better protecting soybean health. His research is driven by the intertwined goals of ensuring food stability and helping growers manage diseases that affect yield. Ultimately, he would like to develop integrated plant health strategies for growers by uncovering novel insights into the interactions, ecophysiology and population biology of soybean pathogens.

Dr. Roth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology. He is a mycologist with strong interests in fungal pathogens of field crops, particularly of soybean. His research aims to better understand specific mechanisms that pathogens use to cause disease in soybean, and explore new ways to prevent and manage these diseases. He enjoys translating research questions into practical solutions for farmers, which requires active conversation to understand the needs and desires of soybean farmers.