College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

June in the News

Farm Dedication:
The Cunningham Farm has been renamed The Washington State University Cook Agronomy Farm in honor of R. James Cook. Cook’s career has spanned 40 years on the WSU campus. Follow the link to ready the full story on WSU Today Online.

Student Award:
Leigh Ann Harrison has been awarded a $6,000 fellowship¬†from the Storkan-Hanes-McCaslin Foundation in support of her PhD project¬†on Fusarium wilt in spinach seed production. The award also covers the cost of airfare for Leigh Ann to attend the 2007 APS meeting in San Diego, CA on 28 July – 1 August. A major aim of the Storkan-Hanes-McCaslin Foundation is to encourage research by offering assistance to graduate students who are working on soilborne diseases of plants. Leigh Ann is completing her PhD research in Dr. Lindsey du Toit’s vegetable seed pathology program at the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC.

Plant Diagnostics:
Distance Diagnostics through Digital Imaging (DDDI) is highlighted in WSU Today. The Washington DDDI system is funded by grants from the Western Plant Diagnostic Network, a branch of the National Plant Diagnostic Network. The grant is administered locally by Tim Murray; Norm Dart, WSU Puyallup, manages the DDDI system.

Meet your Co-workers:
Drs. Debora Glandorf and Peter Bakker are visiting the department from The Netherlands until October 1. They are conducting research with David Weller, USDA. See their photo and read about their research here.

Notice of Vacancy:
Administrative Coordinator: The Coordinator, under the general direction of the Chair, performs a wide range of diverse administrative and fiscal duties in support of the department and as an assistant to the chair, including confidential issues. Duties require regularly exercising independent judgment, initiative, and discretion in work directly related to management of departmental business operations and carries delegated authority to make commitments that affect department operations. Read full notice of vacancy here.

Spring Graduates:
Congratulations to graduates Amogelang Segwage, PhD, major professor, Ken Eastwell, and Qingchun Liu, PhD, major professor Chang-Lin Xiao. Dr. Segwage has returned to Botswana and Dr. Liu has begun a postdoc in Wenatchee with Dr. Xiao.

Faculty Travel
Dr. Timothy Murray was invited by the Shanxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences to visit their research program on winter wheat and discuss collaborative research on development of perennial wheat. While there, he presented a seminar at the SAAS and visited field plots. Dr. Murray also visited the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, where he gave a seminar on my research with wild wheats to improve disease resistance. see photos

In route to China, Dr. Timothy Murray visited Memuro, Hokkaido, Japan where he visited the Wheat Breeding Program of the National Agricultural Research Center for Hokkaido with whom he has had a collaborative research project for the past five years. see photos

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