College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

Faculty Chosen to Lead APS Press

Dr. Timothy Paulitz

Dr. Timothy Paulitz, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS and adjunct professor of plant pathology at WSU, took over the helm of APS PRESS on January 1, 2013 as editor-in-chief. CONGRATULATIONS!

Dr. Paulitz is recognized as an international leader in research on the ecology, epidemiology, biocontrol, and cultural management of soilborne pathogens. He is widely sought as a conference speaker and has authored or co-authored more than 140 publications. His research focuses on soilborne pathogens of small grains and rotation crops. He has elucidated the complex of Pythium and Rhizoctonia species that affects cereal crops and developed molecular techniques for the quantification of these pathogens in soil.

Dr. Paulitz’s current research investigates microbial communities associated with suppression of soilborne pathogens, nematodes on cereals, and how climate change may affect the distribution of soilborne pathogens in the future. He has served APS as senior editor and associate editor-in-chief of APS PRESS as well as senior editor and associate editor of Phytopathology; he has also been a section editor of the Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. He is an APS fellow and is active in the training of graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

Dr. Paulitz earned a B.S. degree from California State Polytechnic University in 1979 and a Ph.D. degree in plant pathology from the University of California-Riverside in 1984. He held post-doctoral appointments at Colorado State University and with USDA ARS in Corvallis, OR, before joining McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 1989. In 2000, he joined the USDA ARS in Pullman, WA.

(Excerpted from Phytopathology News)

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