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Department of Plant Pathology

February in the News

Plant Pathology Undergraduates Participate in Molecular Plant Sciences Retreat

Philip Hagihara, a senior majoring in Genetics and Cell Biology, and Joseph Hulbert, a junior majoring in Forestry, presented research posters at the Intregrated Molecular Plant Sciences Retreat on February 16, 2008.  Phil Hagihara studied the transmission of Pythium tolerance in a novel Rhizoctonia-tolerant wheat plant created by Drs. Kimberlee Kidwell and Camille Steber.  Joe Hulbert examined the impact of jasmonic acid signaling on Pythium innate tolerance in tomato.  Both young researchers began their projects in the laboratory of Dr. Pat Okubara in Fall 2007, and were assisted by Biological Sciences Technician, Nathalie Walter.  Hagihara’s poster, entitled “Inheritance of Pythium Tolerance in BC2F2 Populations of Wheat Cultivar Scarlet-Rz1” was awarded Best Undergraduate Student Poster at the retreat.

Philip Hagihara

Nathalie Walter

Wiley Graduate Student Research Exposition

Sahar Eid, PhD student with Dr. Hanu Pappu, presented a poster on her ongoing research on caulimovirus diversity in cultivated and wild dahlias at the annual Wiley Graduate Student Research Exposition on February 13, 2008 at Beasley.  Sahar recently won a competitive graduate scholarship from the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS), Lebanon.  Congratulations, Sahar!

News from the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting

Dan Villamor, PhD student with Dr. Ken Eastwell in IAREC, Prosser, received third place honors under student category for his poster, “Synergy between leaf roll and stem pitting associated viruses and viroids in grapevines”, at the 2008 Annual Meeting, Trade Show and Convention of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, February 6-8, 2008 in Kennewick, WA. Dan’s PhD research is on interaction of grapevine yellow speckle viroid, rupestris stem pitting-associated virus and grapevine leafroll 3- associated virus in grapevines. Congratulations, Dan!

Dr. Naidu Rayapati and his team won recognition for their research on grape viruses at Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers 2008 Annual Meeting, Trade Show and Convention, held during February 6-8, 2008 at Kennewick, Washington State.

Awards were:

First Place in Poster Session under Professional Category

An Update on the Occurrence of Grapevine Viruses in Washington State Vineyards, authors: Tefera Mekuria, Gandhi Karthikeyan, Olufemi Alabi, Sridhar Jarugula and Naidu Rayapati.

Honorable Mention in Poster Session under Professional Category

The Epidemiology of Grapevine Leafroll Disease in Washington State Vineyards, authors: Gandhi Karthikeyan, Olufemi Alabi, Sridhar Jarugula, Tefera Mekuria and Naidu Rayapati.

Congratulations on 45 Years of Service

Dr. Jack Rogers was presented with a certificate and gift for 45 years of service at WSU. Congratulations and thank you for your long standing service and commitment to the department!

Dr. Rogers & Dr. Murray

On Solid Ground Feature
Research conducted by Dr. Hanu Pappu on viruses that affect dahlias was featured in the February 27 issue of CAHNRS On Solid Ground.

Snow Mold Research Featured in the News this Month
Reasearch on snow mold conducted by Dr. Tim Murray was featured on the February 4 in SeedQuest News.

On the KLEW evening news on February 5. View the entire story and watch the segment here.

In the February 6 issue of CAHNRS On Solid Ground.

And on Northwest Public Radion on February 21. View the entire story and listen to the segment here.

Upcoming Idaho Oilseed Conference

An article in the Latah Eagle (Idaho) and the East Oregonian (Pendleton) on the Idaho Oilseed Conference to be held in Moscow in late February mention that Dr. Scot Hulbert will be among the featured speakers.

Meet Your New Co-Worker

Vekatesan Segoda Gounder

Segoda GounderDr. Venkatesan recently joined as a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Plant Pathology.  He is working with Dr. Hanu Pappu and Dr. Joseph Munyaneza (USDA-ARS, Wapato) on the etiology of zebra chip disease of potato.  He obtained his B.S. (Agriculture), M.S. (Plant Pathology) and Ph.D. (Plant Pathology) from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Tamil Nadu, India and he worked as a post-doctoral fellow in Plant Virology and Molecular Genetics, at the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center, Taiwan on an Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II (ABSP II), Development of transgenic tomato lines against tomato leaf curl virus.

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