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New Plant Pathologist Joins NMSU

LAS CRUCES - Soumaila Sanogo has joined New Mexico State University's department of entomology, plant pathology and weed science as an assistant professor.

Sanogo's research will center on diseases caused by soilborne pathogens, such as fungi and bacteria. "At this point, my research will focus on wilt diseases in chile, including verticillium wilt and phytophthora root rot," he said. Other research projects will examine foliar diseases, including leaf spot in chile.

Sanogo will also teach an undergraduate course on fungal biology, as well as graduate-level courses in epidemiology and plant disease control. "I love to teach," Sanogo said. "In my previous assignments I didn't have any direct teaching responsibilities, but I often volunteered to instruct. I look forward to getting involved with students at all levels here at NMSU."

Sanogo earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural sciences from Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). His master's degree and doctorate in plant pathology are from Pennsylvania State University. He was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow and a Fulbright Fellowship recipient.

Before joining NMSU, Sanogo worked on a cooperative biological control project on witches' broom, a fungal disease affecting cacao (cocoa) in Central and South America, between Wye Research and Education Center of the University of Maryland and the Alternate Crops and Systems Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Md. He also conducted research on soybean pathology as a post-doctoral research associate in the department of plant pathology at Iowa State University.

In addition, Sanogo conducted studies on apple scab disease for the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven. He is a member of the American Phytopathological Society and Gamma Sigma Delta. Sanogo lives in Las Cruces with his wife, Carmen, and their three children, Charmaine, 15; Mariam, 12; and Abraham, 10.