Neil C. Gudmestad is a Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University (NDSU), where he obtained his PhD in plant pathology. Prior to obtaining his degree, he worked as a plant pathologist at the North Dakota State Seed Department, where he was responsible for developing diagnostics for all seedborne pathogens in the state. During that period, he established one of the first tissue-culture based clean seed stock programs for seed potatoes in the United States. He has conducted research on the diseases of potato for over 33 years. His program has conducted research on a number of foliar and tuber diseases of potato that are soil- or seedborne. His research program is recognized internationally for studies on pathogen diagnostics, fungicide resistance, and the management of foliar and soilborne diseases of potato.