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Department of Plant Pathology

December in the News

Plant Pathology had the biggest contingent of CAHNRS graduate students at this year’s fall commencement

A record number of Plant Path PhD graduates were hooded at this year’s fall commencement held on December 8th at Beasley.  Plant Pathology PhD graduates hooded this morning during the commencement (major advisors in parenthesis)

From left: Drs. Jeremiah Dung (Drs. Dennis Johnson and Brenda Schroeder), Kamil Mohd Jaaffar (Dr. Linda Thomashow), Ebrahiem Babiker (Dr. Scot Hulbert), Christie Almeyda (Dr. Hanu Pappu), Renuka Attanayake (Dr. Weidong Chen), and Yu-HsuanLin (Dr. Hanu Pappu).

Not present:
PhD: Dr. Peng Cheng (Dr. Xianming Chen), and Dr. Dan Villamor (Dr. Ken Eastwell)
MS: Maryam Almoran (Dr. Frank Dugan), Tyler Bourret (Dr. Dean Glawe), Noma Chingandu (Dr. Hanu Pappu), Shyam Kandel (Dr. Tim Paulitz), and Marianne Powell (Dr. Debbie Inglis).


Photo courtesy: Sudeep Bag, PhD student, Plant Pathology


Dr. Gary Chastagner (aka Dr. Christmas Tree) Featured in New York Times
A SEVEN-FOOT evergreen will bear 350,000 needles, more or less. And if Gary Chastagner has his way this holiday season, precious few of them will end up on the parlor floor.
As a plant pathologist at Washington State University, Dr. Chastagner, 64, heads one of the nation’s half-dozen Christmas tree research labs.

He could presumably use the authority of his post to settle the age-old debate on whether candy canes should face right or left. Yet recent months have found Dr. Chastagner frittering away his time on a multistate, $1.3-million RNA-sequencing trial instead. By sampling trees that he has tested for needle retention, Dr. Chastagner and his colleagues hope to discover the genes associated with shedding. Read more:


Dr. Gary Chastagner, professor in the department and located at the Puyallup REC was featured in WSU Today – “Timely tips on how to keep Christmas tree fresh”
PUYALLUP, Wash. – The lots are open and shoppers are already buying and putting up their Christmas trees. But what’s the secret to keeping a Christmas tree fresh through the holiday season? [more]

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