For more information about the UGA Department of Plant Pathology, visit plantpath.caes.uga.edu. After nearly two decades helping farmers combat the diseases affecting Georgia’s most prominent fruit crops, Professor Harald Scherm has been appointed head of the University of Georgia’s Department of Plant Pathology following a national search.Scherm, who has served for the last six years as assistant dean for research in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and as graduate studies coordinator in the plant pathology department, will take on his new role July 1. John Sherwood, who served as department head for plant pathology since 1997, retired this past March.CAES administrators will launch a search for a full-time assistant dean for research this summer and fall. Scherm will continue acting as assistant dean for research until his replacement is hired.“Dr. Scherm has done a remarkable job as assistant dean of research, helping the college reorganize our Athens-area off-campus farms and research centers, improving grant writing support to our faculty and working across campus to integrate the college into multi-discipline projects and programs,” said CAES Dean and Director Sam Pardue. “He did all that while still maintaining a robust research program and teaching classes. We are excited to see the creativity, wealth of knowledge and range of relationships on campus and in the industry that he will bring in to help the department grow.”Scherm came to UGA in 1996 after graduating from the University of California, Davis, with his doctoral degree in plant pathology. He has worked mostly with blueberry and peach crops during his career. He will now lead a plant pathology department that consists of 22 research and UGA Cooperative Extension faculty members and nine adjunct faculty members.The department primarily serves as a graduate program, but it also participates in the CAES Interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Integrated Pest Management and the CAES Certificate Program in Organic Agriculture for undergraduates. The department offers master’s and doctoral degrees in plant pathology and the professional Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management degree. It currently has one of the largest plant pathology graduate programs in the country.Plant pathology is an integrative discipline encompassing the plant, microbial and environmental sciences. Researchers and Extension faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology have broad research interests, not just in terms of the crops that they study, but in the way they approach the problems facing them.This diversity is something that Scherm would like to maintain and foster moving forward, he said. He will also work to expand research funding opportunities for faculty and graduate students, recruit more high-level researchers to the department and foster collaboration within the department and across CAES and UGA.“Plant pathology is a discipline with a strong tradition, but it is also evolving in terms of the types of students we attract, the jobs our graduates take on, the funding sources that enable research and Extension and, of course, in the science itself,” Scherm said. “One of the most important tasks of departmental leadership is to anticipate change and to help the department embrace it.”
A little over a year ago, Zagreb was placed on the list alongside most of the world’s and European tourist metropolises where it is possible to get to know the destination with popular tourist rickshaws.Behind Zagreb PEDICAB are two young entrepreneurs with a vision – Emil Kirbiš and Filip Pribilović, who incorporated their complementary knowledge and many years of work experience in management, sales and tourism in the realization and development of this great tourist story. One of the main advantages that Pedicab offers is a tour of the city in a much faster time, of course with a new and different experience and the city of Zagreb, and currently ten blue “rickshaws” are circulating in the wider city center.As Emil Kirbiš points out, they are very satisfied with the work of the first years, the way in which people accepted them and recognized in them a new and interesting way of transport and touring the city. “The number of rides partly depends on the weather conditions, but given the warmer weather in the first year, there were more of them than we expected. We already have some regular customers, who have recognized our advantages in public transport, and when it comes to sightseeing, there are more and more of them, since we are constantly working on marketing and recognition.”Kirbish points out.Enthusiasts of foreigners for rickshaws in Zagreb are expected because rickshaws are already very well known, given their presence in all major and minor European and world cities, so they are happy to now have the opportunity to ride in Zagreb.In general, foreigners have a slight advantage, especially during the summer season, while for example during Advent in Zagreb we have more and more domestic guests from other parts of Croatia. Statistically speaking, tourists are in Zagreb for a very short time, just over a day and a half, so they like the opportunity to see the entire historical / tourist core of the city in two hours. Unlike traditional tours, at Pedicab they can bring coffee, ice cream, stop to take pictures wherever they want, and get a recommendation according to their interests. The people of Zagreb are also increasingly realizing the advantages of our ecological transport in the center, ideal for short city routes.. ”Says Kirbish.Zagreb rickshaws as storytellers and ambassadors of Croatian tourism Because of its direct interaction with guests, Zagreb rickshaws tell stories about the destination and give the best local advice. Regardless of the power of various booking portals, applications and social networks, whenever you come to a new destination you always ask the locals where to eat best, what is the best beach, what to see and experience… Locals know best, right? Thus, Pedicab drivers, in addition to being storytellers, also become ambassadors of our tourism. On the other hand, imagine welcoming your guests with Pedicab at the bus or train station and driving them around town to your accommodation. An interesting and different experience, isn’t it?As Kirbiš points out, so far they have established cooperation with all relevant travel agencies, tour operators, hotel chains, hostels and private accommodation, which increasingly recognize the comparative advantages of transporting and accommodating people with luggage from railway and bus terminals, public parking lots, garages and Fig. “The key to success is in connecting and combining the specific advantages of each of the tourist services. In addition to our standard tours and tours that we offer through our partners, hotels and hostels are even more interesting because we are able to organize the pick-up of their guests upon arrival at the bus or train station or back, take them from the hotel to the desired restaurant or other cultural or gastro destinations in the center. In this way, guests do not have to look for the destination address themselves, but while enjoying the ride and sightseeing, they arrive at the destination quickly and with fun. It is a completely different experience when a guest is greeted by a driver with his name, helped with luggage and personal belongings, and along the way tells an interesting story or makes a recommendation. In addition, there will also be collaborations at corporate events, weddings, etc. ” Kirbiš pointed out and added that Croatia is a very small country, in the world, and Zagreb is a relatively small, charming Central European Mediterranean metropolis, and without a quality connection of all tourist facilities in the destination we can not compete in the European and world markets.Finally, Kirbiš points out that thanks to the great efforts of the City of Zagreb and the Tourist Board to organize tourist projects such as Advent in Zagreb, the Festival of Light and various cultural and musical events, seasonality has greatly decreased, and there is no classic “season” as in some “sun and sea” destinations. . “Zagreb attracts tourists with its quality facilities throughout the year, and Zagreb Pedicab is a great way to see it, get to know the local customs, see some hidden and romantic places, and get a recommendation for a concert or a home-cooked meal.”Said Kirbiš and added that they do not lack plans, and in the near future they certainly plan to expand to other destinations, but only with the condition of quality and standards as they set in Zagreb.Zagreb boasts excellent integrated public transport, in addition to connections by trains, buses, trams, SpinCity, NextBike Croatia, Segway, as well as now PediCab Zagreb have complemented each other. An excellent example of integrated public transport for all tourist destinations on the Adriatic.