College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

July in the News

Carrot Conference

The 34th International Carrot Conference took place in Kennewick, WA on 26th-28th July 2010. The conference is a biennial event held in various locations, and attracts people from private industry, government, and universities throughout the world. The 34th International Carrot Conference was attended by ~100 people from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, and the US – who exchanged information on all aspects of carrot production including breeding, production, and disease and pest management through paper sessions, a poster session, group discussions and a field tour. The field tour included visits to a carrot cultivar trial, processing and fresh market carrot crops, and carrot seed crops. Washington State University and the Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association were hosts for this year’s conference. Lindsey du Toit, Associate Professor/Vegetable Seed Pathologist in the WSU Dept. of Plant Pathology, was chair of the organizing committee. Other WSU members of the organizing committee included Tim Waters and Carrie Wohleb, WSU Extension Educators in the Columbia Basin of central Washington. Washington ranks first in the United States in production of processing carrots, and fourth in production of fresh market carrots. Furthermore, carrot seed crops in central Oregon and Washington produce 50-60% of the US supply of carrot seed and up to 25% of the world’s supply annually.

Faculty participates in Norman Borlaug International Fellows Program

Dr. Hanu Pappu, Professor  and Chair, visited Dr. Natesan Manickam, scientist at the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India in July.  This was a follow up visit to Dr. Manickam’s visit to Dr. Pappu’s lab last year when Dr. Manickam spent eight weeks under the Norman Borlaug International Fellows Program in the area of agricultural biotechnology.

Plant Pathology Intern Feature

An article featurning Dr. Lindsey du Toit‘s undergraduate student intern, Katie Reed, was featured on the CAHNRS academic web site for ‘Transitional Internships‘.

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