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Noble Research Institute Promotes Young to Professor

Young’s research focuses on interactions between beneficial, naturally occurring fungi and their grass hosts.

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Posted May 9, 2019

ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Research Institute researcher Carolyn Young, Ph.D., was recently promoted to professor.

Young has served as principal investigator in the Noble Research Institute Mycology Laboratory since 2006. Her research focuses on fungi that impact agriculture by studying the interactions between naturally occurring beneficial fungi and their grass hosts, as well working with plant fungal pathogens.

Since starting at Noble, Young has worked on a fungal endophyte that imparts drought tolerance to tall fescue without causing fescue toxicosis, a condition that reduces animal health and productivity. Her work has contributed to the development of improved tall fescue varieties, currently used throughout the South. Young has discovered similar endophytes in other grasses, including those native to North America, which has improved our understanding of compounds produced by these endophytes.

Young has led a project on the dynamics of cotton root rot disease in alfalfa, which greatly improved the understanding of disease development and possible management strategies through fungicide application.

Most recently, Young’s extensive work in pecan scab is bringing researchers one step closer to understanding the pathogen’s life cycle and gaining better control of the disease in pecan orchards.

Young is a native of New Zealand, where she received her doctorate in molecular biology at the Massey University in Palmerston North. She also served as the editor-in-chief of the American Phytopathological Society Phytobiomes Journal since 2016.

To keep up with Noble’s mycology laboratory, follow @NobleFunGuys on Twitter.

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Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Noble’s goal is to achieve regenerative land stewardship in grazing animal production with producer profitability. Achievement of this goal will be measured by farmers and ranchers profitably regenerating hundreds of millions of acres of U.S. grazing lands. Noble aims to remove, mitigate or help producers avoid the barriers that deter the lasting use of regenerative, profitable land management practices in grazing animal production.

Researchers, consultants, educators and ranch staff work together to give farmers and ranchers the skills and tools to regenerate the land in a profitable manner. Noble researchers and educators seek and deliver answers to producer questions concerning regenerative management of pasture and range environments, wildlife, pecan production, and livestock production. Regenerative management recognizes that each decision made on the ranch impacts the interactions of the soil, plants, water, animals and producers. Noble’s 14,000 acres of working ranch lands provide a living laboratory on which to demonstrate and practice regenerative principles and ideas to deliver value to farmers and ranchers across the U.S.

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