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College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

February in the News

Welcome Visiting Scholar

Please welcome Fatih Özdemir to the department. Fatih is a researcher at Bahri Dagdas International Agrıcultural Research Institute in Konya, Turkey. He is visiting Dr. Timothy Paulitz and Dr. Xianming Chen for two months, to carry out research on the molecular detection and quantification of Fusarium crown rot and genetic characterization of stripe rust isolates. Fatih received his BS from Gaziosmanpasa University in Tokat and his MSc from Cukurova University, Adana, where he worked on mycotoxins produced by Fusarium spp. on corn. He is presently working on his PhD at Cukurova University under Dr. Namik Kemal, looking at the resistance of wheat cultivars to Fusarium crown rot.


Faculty Featured in Washington State Magazine

Research conducted by Dr. Gary Chastagner was featured in an article entitled “A blighted Northwest icon” in the Spring 2012 edition of Washington State Magazine.


Faculty and Student Featured in On Solid Ground

Dr. Kenneth Eastwell was featured in the February 15 edition of On Solid Ground. Dr. Eastwell has been appointed director of the Clean Plant Center of the Northwest. Congratulations!

Reseach conducted by Jane Steward, PhD graduate supervised by Dr. Tobin Peever, was featured in the February 29 edition of On Solid Ground.

Also featured in the February 29 edition was research conducted by Dr. Dean Glawe.


Faculty Presents Seminar

Dr. Jack Rogers presented a seminar entitled “The fungi among us: a peregrination in the 5th kingdom” hosted by Dr. Michael Griswold and School of Molecular Biosciences Seminar Series on February 9.


Faculty Featured in Magazine

Dr. Dennis Johnson was featured in the February issue of Spudman Magazine.


Plant Pathology Faculty Selected to Receive Prestigious Sahlin Awards

Dr. Lori M. Carris, associate professor in the department, was chosen to receive the 2012 Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction. The award is presented to a member of the WSU faculty in recognition of truly outstanding accomplishments in the establishment of excellence in the instructional programs of Washington State University.

Dr. Gary G. Grove, professor of plant pathology and located at the WSU Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, earned the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Outreach and Engagement.The award recognizes the outstanding performance by a WSU faculty member toward fulfilling the University’s public service mission, mainly by outreach and engagement into the state or nation.

Drs. Carris and Grove will be receiving these awards from WSU President Elson Floyd at the annual Academic Showcase Banquet to be held on March 30th. Congratulations!!! Read more>>

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