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Department of Plant Pathology

July in the News

Faculty Book Signing at APS Centennial Meeting

Dr. Frank Dugan, Research Plant Pathologist and Adjunct Professor of Plant Pathology, and the author of “Fungi in the Ancient World: How Mushrooms, Mildews, Molds, and Yeast Shaped the Early Civilizations of Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East” published by the APS Press, was part of t he book signing event at the APS Centennial meeting, Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Dugan’s book was on the APS Centennial Meeting’s Top 10 Best Seller’s list! Congratulations, Dr. Dugan!

For photos of the signing, click here (Photo courtesy, Karen Cummings, APS)


News from the APS Centennial Meeting

A strong contingent of graduate students represented the department at the Centennial Meeting of the American Phytopathological Society, July 26-30, 2008 in Minneapolis, MN.  From left to right (with their major professors in parentheses): Dipak Sharma (Xianming Chen), Laura Costadone (Gary Grove), Jason Ingram (Dennis Johnson), Olufemi Alabi (Rayapati Naidu), Renuka Attanayake (Weidong Chen), Sahar Eid (Hanu Pappu), and Peng Cheng (Xianming Chen). Not pictured: Jeremiah Dung (Dennis Johnson and Brenda Schroeder), Youn-sig Kwak (David Weller) and Evans Njambere (Weidong Chen). The students made oral and poster presentations, and moderated technical sessions at the meeting.

Besides doing great plant pathology research, our students were fabulous on the dance floor too! For photos, click here.

Naidu Rayapati was elected Vice-Chair (2009) and Chair (2010) of the Virology Committee at the 2008 Centennial American Phytopathological Society annual meeting. His interview was also featured in the DVD “APS Oral Histories: Stories and comments from APS members” prepared by Darin Eastburn.

Olufemi J. Alabi, graduate student of Naidu Rayapati, was awarded Honorable Mention certificate at the 8th I.E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium.


Faculty Visits Denmark

Dr. Lindsey du Toit, vegetable seed pathologist, was invited to Denmark by Dr. Birte Boelt from Aarhus University, to participate in a spinach seed crop field day and to discuss spinach seed crop disease mangement and research with researchers from Aarhus University, spinach seed growers, and seed company personnel. Dr. du Toit was in Denmark from June 30th to July 6th of 2008. During her time in Denmark, she had the opportunity to visit the Danish Seed Health Centre for Developing Countries, located in Copenhagen, which is internationally recognized for extensive work on seed pathology in developing countries. As part of the spinach field day at the Flakkebjerg Research Center of Aarhus University on July 2nd, Dr. du Toit gave a presentation  titled ‘Integrated Management of Diseases in Spinach Seed Crops in Washington State”. For photos, click here.


APS Award Winner

Jeremiah Dung, graduate student with Dr. Dennis Johnson, received 3rd place in the student paper competition for his paper entitled “Relative roles of tuber and soil-borne inoculum in the development of Verticillium wilt in potato” at the APS Pacific Division meeting held in Jackson, WY, June 24-27.

Congratulations Jeremiah!


Meet Your New Co-worker

Sudeep Bag

Sudeep Bag joined Dr. Hanu Pappu‘s laboratory as a research associate in June 2008. He comes from New Delhi, India where he did his PhD work at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute. Sudeep is working biological and molecular aspects of tospoviruses.

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