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Department of Plant Pathology

December in the News

Student Featured in Phytopathology News

Dipak Sharma Poudyal, PhD student in our department was featured in the January issue of the Phytopathology News, reflecting his thoughts on what attracted him to graduate study in plant pathology. Dipak is pursuing his PhD under Dr. Xianming Chen’s supervision. For full story, click here.

UBI Health News Feature

Flame retardants on Christmas trees: Dr. Gary Chastagner‘s research findings on Christmas trees was cited on For the full story, click here.

Employee Recognition Ceremony

Congratulations to the following department personnel for their dedicated service to the department and the university!
They were recognized by President Floyd at the annual Employee Recognition Ceremony in CUB on December 10, 2008.

Dr. Jack Rogers 45 years
Mr. Bill Howell 35 years
Dr. Gary Chastagner 30 years
Dr. Tim Murray 25 years
Ms. Carol McKinney 10 years

Visitor from International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

Dr. P. Lava Kumar, Virologist, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria, visited Dr. Naidu Rayapati’s lab at Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, Washington State University, Prosser, for a period of three weeks, beginning December 1, 2008. He carried out collaborative research on diagnostics and molecular diversity of cassava mosaic begomoviruses prevailing in West Africa funded by USAID-linkage grant between Washington State University and IITA.

New Associate Editor for European Journal of Plant Pathology

Dr. Tim Murray has accepted an invitation to join the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Plant Pathology as an Associate Editor beginning January 2009.

Dr. Tim Murray to Lead National Recovery Plan for a Destructive Disease of Wheat

A destructive race of wheat stem rust, referred to as Ug99, could threaten the US wheat crop in the near future.  The name, Ug99, comes from Uganda where it was first described and shown to seriously impact wheat production.  To find out more about Ug99, click here. Dr. Tim Murray, professor of plant pathology in Pullman and an expert on wheat diseases will be leading this multi-state and multi-agency effort to prepare a recovery plan should Ug99 be introduced to the U.S.  To address this threat, an international conference, The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative, is being organized in Mexico by Nobel Laureate, Norman Borlaug, in March 2009.   Dr. Murray has been invited to participate in this conference. This conference brings together the world’s experts on wheat rusts to discuss all aspects of the current state of knowledge of Ug99.

Dr. Scot Hulbert, R. James Cook Endowed Chair in Cropping Systems Pathology in the department, and a world-renowned researcher on plant-pathogen interactions, and Dr. Xianming Chen, Research Geneticist with USDA-ARS and an adjunct professor in the Plant Pathology Department will also be representing WSU at this conference.


WSU Today Features

Dr. Jack Rogers, Professor of Plant Pathology, is featured on the front page of the December 5th issue of WSUToday . The article highlights his 45 years of service to WSU in various roles as a faculty member, department chair, and his exemplary contributions to the science of mycology and making our department a center of excellence in mycological research.  Dr. Rogers will be recognized  by President Floyd for his service to WSU during the WSU Employee Recognition Ceremony at CUB on December 10. The event begins at 3:30 pm.  For the full article, click here.

Congratulations, Dr. Rogers!

Buying a real Christmas tree, not bad for the environment . Dr. Gary Chastagner‘s research on Christmas trees was also featured this month in WSU Today. For the Full article, click here.

Review Makes Top Ten

Dr. Dean Glawe’s review on powdery mildews, “The Powdery Mildews: A Review of the World’s Most Familiar (Yet Poorly Known) Plant Pathogens” in this year’s Annual Review of Phytopathology is among the top ten in Volume 46 to be accessed on the Annual Review of Phytopathology website.

Congratulations Dr. Glawe!

New Chair Appointed

Dr. Hanu Pappu assumed the position of Chair of the Department of Plant Pathology beginning December 2. Dr. Pappu is succeeding Dr. Timothy Murray, who served 8 years as the department Chair. Congratulations to Dr. Pappu!

The Department says a collective big THANK YOU to Dr. Murray for his leadership and service as the Chair for the last eight years.

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