Tuesday, September 20, 2011

State College Plant Pathologist In Iraq, 1952

From the August 1952 issue of Extension Farm-News

Dr. J. Lewis Allison, plant pathologist at State College, left in June for Iraq where he will spend a year as advisor to the government there on behalf of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Dr. Allison was recruited to make a general survey of the plant diseases of Iraq, help develop control methods for diseases of the field, vegetable, and horticultural crops, work with Iraqi plant breeders in developing disease-resistant varieties of wheat and barley, and do some lecturing at Abu Garib College of Agriculture near Bagdad.

Dr. Allison’s work will take him to the Tigris and Euphrates valleys, center of the earliest agriculture known to our civilization.

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