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Department of Plant Pathology

April in the News

First Palouse Truffle Foray

On April 27, approximately 35 participants joined special guest and truffle expert Dr. Jim Trappe on the very first Palouse Truffle Foray.  Although no truffles were found, probably due to the time of year and weather, participants learned how to find truffles and where to look.  And as an added bonus, Dr. Rogers found the first morel of the season!

More photos, click here.

Dr. Trappe visited the department on April 28, had a lunch with students and postdocs in the department, and gave a seminar, “Trees, Truffles and Beasts:  How Forests Function”.  In the evening, Dr. Trappe gave a public talk “Truffles and Gourmets”  Of Mice and Men” at the Smith Undergraduate Education Building on campus.   Dr. Trappe’s visit was sponsored by the Department of Plant Pathology and Palouse Mycological Association. For photos, click here.

Top Downloads from Plant Disease

Dr. Ken Eastwell’s Feature Article, ‘Viruses and Viroids Infecting Hop: Significance, Epidemiology, and Management’ in Plant Disease (March 2008, Volume 92, Pages 324-338; DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-92-3-0324) is one of the most downloaded articles from the APS web site (
It presently ranks #7 in the top 20 most downloaded full text articles published in Plant Disease.
Congratulations, Dr. Eastwell!

APS New Caspule Editor’s Pick & Feature

In the April 17th edition of APS News Capsule, the manuscript published on research conducted by Dr. Lori Carris in cooperation with B. A. Richardson, N. B. Klopfenstein, P. J. Zambino, G. I. McDonald, and B. W. Geils on white pine blister rust fungus was the Phytopathology Editor’s Pick.

Also featured, was the Dr. Lee Hadwiger‘s mini review, “Pea–Fusarium solani Interactions Contributions of a System Toward Understanding Disease Resistance

Notice of Vancancy

Assistant Professor, Nematology (Search No. 5044). Full-time (12-month) tenure-track appointment in the Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington. The successful candidate will be expected to initiate and conduct innovative and comprehensive research (75%) and teaching (25%) programs emphasizing molecular and applied aspects of plant-parasitic nematodes, plant-nematode interactions, and the diseases they cause on crops of importance in Washington State. Teaching responsibilities include a course in nematology and participation in other courses in the department. Advise students working toward M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.  The successful applicant will be expected to conduct an approved program of research consistent with the mission of the WSU Agricultural Research Center. Required qualifications include an earned doctorate in plant pathology or a related field at the time of hire, and evidence of scholarly contributions. Desirable qualifications are demonstrated ability to conduct research in plant parasitic nematodes, demonstrated ability in molecular biology, evidence of research productivity, ability to develop an original research program dealing with plant parasitic nematodes; ability to teach at undergraduate and graduate levels, potential ability to obtain external funding, evidence of oral, written, and electronic communication skills, and ability to advise graduate students. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Screening of application materials will begin July 14, 2008.  For position description listing all qualifications and application process, visit:  (Search #5044)  Submit a letter of application specifically addressing each required and desired qualification, your research interests, a one-page description of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, copies of college/university transcripts, and have three letters of reference direct from source sent to Ms. Robin Stratton, Nematology Search, Department of Plant Pathology, P.O. Box 646430, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6430. E-mail:  E-mailed applications will be accepted for initial consideration but hard copies must be provided in advance of an interview.  Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Hanu Pappu, Search Committee Chair, Phone: 509-335-3752, E-mail: Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer.

Daily Evergreen Feature

Research conducted by Dr. Lori Carris on Tilletia fungi was published in the April 14 edition of the Daily Evergreen. Read the full story.

CAHNRS Team Interdisciplinary Award

The Vineyard IPM Team led by Douglas Walsh, an agrichemical and environmental extension specialist, and Gary Grove, associate professor of plant pathology and extension plant pathologist, both at the WSU Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, received the CAHNRS Team Interdisciplinary Award. Read the full story on WSU Today.

President Emeritus Sam Smith to Present Lecture

Dr. Sam Smith, Professor of Plant Pathology and President Emeritus, delivered the inaugural lecture in the Sam Smith Lecture Series in Plant Virology in the Department of Plant Pathology on April 7, 2008. In his talk, Dr. Smith addressed the changing environment of higher education in the State of Washington. During his visit, Dr. Smith met with graduate students and faculty in the department. Initiated by Dr. Hanu Pappu, associate professor in the department, the series would bring plant virologists from other parts of the US and the world to WSU in coming years. Dr. Pappu holds the Sam Smith and Patricia Smith Distinguished Professorship in Plant Virology, made possible by an endowment created by the American Dahlia Society.

Featured in WSU Today.

Pictures of Dr. Smith’s visit


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