S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 POTATO GROWER 29 People, Product News graduate student with a strong inter- est in research that can directly ben- efit the potato industry. Gorny’s work focuses on the quantitative epidemiology of Northern root-knot and lesion nematodes in potatoes. Her work involves frequent collabo- ration with New York-based potato growers for on-farm trials and her research is squarely focused on help- ing the potato industry make informed decisions about nematode control measures. “Growers have the most insight into the problems they face. They provide me with research ideas and I do experiments to test those ideas,” said Gorny. Gorny wants to quantify yield loss due to nematodes by measuring pre- plant density of the nematode pop- ulation. “What’s really cool is that I’m measuring the DNA of nema- todes in the soil, extracting DNA from soil and measuring bar code regions. It is faster than the tradi- tional method and potentially more accurate” she explained. Ultimately Gorny plans to create a pre-planting soil test, so that growers whose soil is above threshold for the nema- todes can take action early and those below the threshold could save money by not taking unneces- sary action. According to Dr. Sarah Pethybridge, the supervisor for Gorny’s graduate studies, “her unique project achieve- ments for the U.S. potato industry will leave her ideally positioned to impact scientific research and sup- port the profitability and productiv- ity of the industry far into the fore- seeable future.” In addition to her research, Gorny “goes over and above” in her engagement with the community and the campus. “I anticipate a long, groundbreaking career for Adrienne,” Pethybridge wrote in a recommendation. “This scholarship will ensure I have the necessary resources to complete each component of my multifaceted Ph.D. project, focusing on predict- ing yield loss due to root-knot and lesion nematodes by measuring DNA from these pathogens in the soil prior to planting. This generous award will also provide funding to continue presenting my findings at national and regional conferences, enhancing my training as a well- rounded scientist. I am very thank- ful and humbled that NPC believes this research and my future career will aid the U.S. potato industry,” said Gorny. Gorny is originally from Canton, Michigan, and has always loved being outside and gardening. She decided to study botany at Purdue University for her undergraduate degree. She is the first in her family to do scientific research. At Cornell she served as vice president of the Student Association of the Geneva Experiment Station last year. After completing her doctoral program, she hopes to find a position at a uni- versity with a research/extension component or to work for USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. 800-437-4685 Fax: (701) 746-5767 The Choice is yours! SALES BY: Greg Holtman, Jeff Lazur & Tim Johnstone • Paul Dolan - Manager You’ll love our red potatoes For dependability and professionalism your choice should be Associated Potato Growers. With operations from three locations, Associated has been the largest packer of red potatoes in the Red River Valley since 1949. Make us your choice for all your red potato needs.