Intern joins du Toit’s program
Haruka Fukada grew up in Kanagawa, Japan. She received a B.S. degree in Agriculture at Meiji University in 2011, where she majored in plant pathology in 2010-2011. Haruka assisted in developing a loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) marker to detect the DNA of turfgrass pathogens. She has worked at Sakata Seed Company in Japan since 2011, where she supports the vegetable breeding programs as a plant pathologist. Haruka is completing an internship in Lindsey du Toit’s Vegetable Seed Pathology Program at the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC from August 2017 to January 2018 to learn seed pathology techniques. In her spare time, Haruka enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing, and relaxing with cats and dogs.