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Arthur (Art) L. Hooker (1924-1991) was a professor in plant pathology and agronomy at the University of Illinois from 1958-1980. He is internationally recognized for his research on plant pathology, corn breeding, and plant genetics. His most notable achievement was the 1970 discovery of Helminthosporium maydis race T--the pathogenic cause of southern corn leaf blight. He then worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the seed production industry to develop blight-resistant corn hybrids. He later used these seed production techniques to develop hybrids resistant to corn rust and stalk rot.
His papers contain photographs, publications, correspondence, reports, research materials, conference papers and programs, field plot notebooks, datebooks, data, and statistical analyses. Also included are DeKalb-Pfizer's internal reports, manuals, and publications on seed production.
This collection is arranged into 3 series. Series 1: Personal Papers, organized alphabetically; Series 2: Research-related Papers, arranged alphabetically; and Series 3: Publications, organized chronologically.