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Department of Plant Pathology

January in the News

Student Selected as APS Student Education Fellow

Olufemi J. Alabi, graduate student of Dr. Naidu Rayapati, has been selected as an “APS Student Education Fellow” by the American Phytopathological Society Committee on the Future of Plant Pathology Education to attend a national summit on “The Future of Education in Plant Pathology and Related Disciplines” to be held March 19-20, 2009, in Washington, D.C. He was invited, with a paid trip based on an award-winning essay and nomination from Dr. Rayapati, to participate in the workshop at the national summit and make contributions in shaping the future of plant pathology education.

Congratulations Femi and Dr. Rayapati!

Faculty Elected Chair of National Fruit Tree Network

Dr. Ken Eastwell, Associate Professor and a fruit tree and grape virologist, was elected Chair of the National Fruit Tree Clean Plant Network. He was also selected to represent the Pacific Northwest at the Western Section of the National Grape Clean Plant Network. The success of the program led by Dr. Eastwell was further recognized when the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center at WSU-Prosser was chosen as the head quarters for the National Fruit Tree Clean Plant Network!  The National Clean Plant Network represents a new way of improving the health of perennial specialty crops that are propagated vegetatively.

Congratulations Dr. Eastwell!

Faculty Elected Secretary

Dr. Hanu Pappu was elected Secretary of the multistate research group, ‘Thrips and Iris yellow spot virus’ at their recent meeting in Savannah, GA.  He will serve as Secretary (2009), Vice-Chair (2010) and as Chair (2011).  For more information, click here.

Faculty Meets with WWU Biology Club

Dr. Marion Brodhagon, Dept. of Biology at Western Washington University and Dr. Lindsey du Toit, Dept. of Plant Pathology at Washington State University, met with students from the WWU Biology Club on January 13th, 2009, to discuss careers and graduate school options in plant sciences.

Were you concerned about needle loss in your Christmas trees?

Research conducted by Dr. Gary Chastagner, professor of plant pathology, is addressing this issue head on! His ongoing research was featured in two recent industry publications.

SCI is a Chemistry & Industry science-based publication in London and their December cover story deals with the cooperative research to identify sources of Christmas trees with superior needle retention. The focus of the story is the cooperative work Dr. Chastagner has been doing with a geneticist in Denmark to identify superior sources of Nordmann fir.
To read the article, click here.

Dr. Chastagner co-authored the cover story (with Rick Bates of Penn State University) for the American Christmas Tree Journal that describes some of the work Dr. Chastagner has been doing to identify superior sources of Canaan fir Christmas trees.  Dr. Chastagner’s program has one of the largest collections of conifers that have been tested for needle loss in the world. To read the article, click here.

Faculty Featured for Wheat Disease Recovery Plan

Dr. Timothy D. Murray was featured in the January 7 issue of On Solid Ground and the January 13 issue of WSU Today for his leadership in preparing a recovery plan should Ug99 be introduced to the United States.

Faculty Publications Ranked in the Top 8 Most-Downloaded Articles Published by APS Journals!

Reviews co-authored by Dr. Ken Eastwell and Dr. Naidu Rayapati ranked in the top 8 most downloaded publications in the 2008 Volume of Plant Disease and MPMI, respectively. Congratulations!

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