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College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

June in the News

Faculty Organized Workshop on Preventing the Spread of Phytophthora ramorum via Water

Dr. Gary Chastagner, professor in the department and located at the Puyallup R and E Center, and Dr. Susan Frankel, USDA-Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station organized a two and a half day workshop on preventing the spread of Phytophthora ramorum via water, June 28-30, 2011, in Puyallup, WA, The workshop sponsored by Washington State University and the California Oak Mortality Task Force. Attended by over 50 regulators, researchers, and industry representatives from the Western and Southeastern U.S., and Washington DC, The workshop’s mission was to coalesce research, management and regulations to develop effective, economical and environmentally acceptable ways of limiting P. ramorum spread via contaminated nursery run-off. The group visited a Gig Harbor retail nursery site where P. ramorum had leaked out of the nursery and infected riparian salal plants to review treatments and mitigations. Formal talks covered the incidence and location of P. ramorum recovery from waterways, water baiting techniques, risks and impacts for WA, and treatments to reduce the risk of spreading inoculum in water. Research and education/outreach needs identification, group exercises and discussion concentrated on nursery treatments and water management, monitoring, and notification of downstream users of contaminated water. More information


Farewell and Best Wishes

Robin Stratton, Administrative Coordinator in our department since August 2007 recently accepted a position with USDA here on Pullman campus. During these four years, Robin carried out a multitude of office and administrative tasks with an increasing degree of complexity and directly contributed to our unit’s productivity. Robin’s honesty, integrity, conscientiousness and dedication to ensuring that the entire unit operates at the highest level of efficiency and productivity are well-recognized and appreciated. She takes multitasking to the next level. She is unfailingly professional, approachable, honest, courteous, funny and accountable. Her attention to detail and commitment to ensuring accuracy in everything she does is reflected by the ‘clean’ report given by the WSU Internal Auditors for purchasing card and property. Robin was instrumental in updating the department web site to conform to the WSU’s new brand refresh. Robin is artistically creative: she developed our new departmental brochure, faculty interest brochure and small poster to follow the WSU brand identity and created a brand look for the department. We wish you all the best, Robin!


Graduate Student Featured

Research conducted by Anna Leon, PhD student with Dr. Gary Chastagner, was featured in the June 22 edition of On Solid Ground and the June 22 edition of WSU Today.


WSU Today Feature

Drs. Debra Inglis, Lori Carris, Brenda Schroeder and Lindsey du Toit were featured in the June 16 edition of WSU Today for their $10,000 from an ADVANCE at WSU Department Development Mini-Grant.


Undergraduate Intern to work on Sudden Oak Death

Giselle Baptiste is the newest addition to the Sudden Oak Death (SOD) research team lead by Dr. Gary Chastagner, Professor in our department and located at the Puyallup R and E center. Giselle is a senior Biology major and Chemistry minor enrolled at the Pacific Lutheran University. She will be interning at the SOD lab for the next two months and will be working under the supervision of Dr. Gary Chastagner and Dr. Marianne Elliott, postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Chastagner’s lab. Giselle was born and raised on the tropical twin island state of Trinidad and Tobago. Welcome, Giselle!

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