College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

June in the News

Graduate Student Wins First Place HonorsJeremiah Dung, PhD student with Dr. Dennis Johnson, won first place in the graduate student paper competition held during the annual meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Phytopathological  Society (APS) in Vancouver, BC in June.  The title of his presentation was “Cross-pathogenicity of Verticillium dahliae isolates from skullcap and peppermint.”Congratulations, Jeremiah!

Faculty attends International Wheat Conference in RussiaDr. Scot Hulbert, Professor of Plant Pathology and RJ Cook Chair in Cropping Systems Pathology, attended the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) workshop and the 8th International Wheat Conference (IWC) at St. Petersburg Russia in June.  He gave a talk entitled ‘Expression and suppression of haustorial transcripts in rust fungi’.  The talk described his work with Dr. Chuntao Yin on delivering rust proteins into wheat plant cells using plant pathogenic bacteria and silencing rust genes in planta by expressing their RNAi constructs in wheat cells.  Both approaches are being examined for functional genomics of rust fungi and the silencing approach is being examined as a possible rust control strategy.

Statewide Faculty MeetingPlant Pathology faculty from across the state gathered in Pullman, Washington, for the biennial statewide faculty meeting and research exposition on June 9 and 10. This is an opportunity to meet in person and discuss the department’s teaching, research, and extension programs. The Research Exposition is an informal social event designed around posters highlighting current research activities, which gives everyone an opportunity to see the wide range of research projects underway throughout the state. More than 60 posters were presented of which 24 were entered in the graduate student poster competition. Congratulations to winners of the graduate student poster competition at the 2010 Statewide Plant Pathology Research Exposition:First place: Kathleen McKeever, MS student with Dr. Gary Chastagner
Second place: Sahar Eid, PhD student with Dr. Hanu Pappu
Special recognition for poster design: Juliane Evans, MS student with Dr. Tim Murray


Faculty Receive $1 Million Grant

WSU plant pathologists, Drs. Brenda Shroeder and Lindsey du Toit, have won more than $1 million in grant funding to participate in a multistate team of scientists and industry professionals to create a suite of management tools to improve the production and profitability of the U.S. onion industry. An article was featured in the June 16 edition of On Solid Ground and June 17 edition of WSU Today.

Faculty Featured in Daily News

Dr. Lori Carris was featured in a June 15 artricle in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News titled “A fascination with fungus: Washington State University professor enjoys studying smut, hunting local morels near Deary”.

Faculty Quoted in WSU Today

Dr. Timothy Murray was quoted in the June 2 edition of WSU Today regarding the threat of stem rusts to wheat.


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