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Department of Plant Pathology

August in the News

Farewell to Martin Chilvers

On August 29 the department said farewell to Martin Chilvers, Research Associate with Dr. Tobin Peever. Thank you Martin for all your hard work and best of luck to you in the future! More photos, click here.


Festschrift in Honor of Jack Rogers

The online mycology journal North American Fungi published a Festschrift honoring Dr. Jack Rogers for his many years of service to Washington State University and to the science of mycology.

A Festschrift is a traditional means of honoring distinguished academics, typically consisting of a collection of papers published on the occasion of a special birthday or anniversary.  In this case, the Festschrift was published to mark Professor Rogers’s 45th anniversary at Washington State University, and includes papers contributed by an international group of colleagues, friends and former students. Given Professor Rogers’s broad interests in mycology it was satisfying to see the contributed papers represent a wide range of topics ranging from descriptions of new taxa, to historical and societal aspects of fungi, to morphology and biogeography.

Most-Read articles in Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

The following review article co-authored by Dr. Naidu Rayapati is currently ranked the third most-read article published in the journal Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (MPMI) that has an impact factor of 4.275.

Michael M. Goodin, David Zaitlin, Rayapati A. Naidu, and Steven A. Lommel. “Nicotiana benthamiana: Its History and Future as a Model for Plant–Pathogen Interactions” (MPMI August 2008, Volume 21, Number 8, Pages 1015-1026; DOI:10.1094/MPMI-21-8-1015)

Student Visits Faculty

Plant pathology graduate student Renuka Attanayake recently spent several days working in the laboratory of Dean Glawe at the University of Washington in Seattle.  The photo shows Tess Blackwelder (Research Associate with Dr. Glawe), Renuka, and Lydia Putnicki (M.S. student working on powdery mildew systematics at UW), during a brief pause in the action.  Earlier this year Lydia and fellow UW student, Josh Birkebak, spent a week working in George Vandemark’s laboratory in Pullman.

Faculty Visits Slovenia

Dr. Hanu Pappu gave a keynote, invited lecture on tospoviruses in vegetables with special reference to Iris yellow spot virus in onion at the 3rd meeting of the International Working Group on Legume and Vegetable Viruses. The group met in Ljubljana, Slovenia, August 20-23, 2008. Dr. Pappu was elected Secretary of this group.

Farewell to Monika Such

The Schroeder lab held a lab lunch to say ‘Good Bye’ to Monika Such.  Monika was a WSU graduate who was working fulltime in the laboratory.  She leaves for another position in the Kahn Laboratory in the Institute of Biological Chemistry.  Monika received a Plant Pathology tee shirt as a special thank you and to remind her of all the wonderful times in the Schroeder Laboratory.

Pictured in the photo from left to right Jeremiah Dung, Jenny Anderson, Monika Such, Sarah Dossey and Brenda Schroeder.


Dr. Roberto Miglino, Plant Virologist with Bloembollenkeuringsdienst (BKD; Dutch Bulb Inspection Service), Lisse, The Netherlands, is visiting Dr. Hanu Pappu. His visit is part of an ongoing collaboration between Ton van Schadewijk, Head of the Virology Laboratory at BKD and Hanu Pappu.

Mudgee Guardian Feature

On August 1 the Mudgee Guardian (Australia) reported on a wine grape-growing seminar presented by WSU plant pathologist Dr. Gary Grove. For the full story, click here.

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