College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

June in the News

Statewide Faculty Meeting:

Plant Pathology faculty from across the state gathered in Leavenworth, Washington, for the biennial statewide faculty meeting and research exposition. 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. Following the meeting, there was an opportunity to visit the Stimilt Olds Station Packing Facility and see first-hand how fruit is processed and stored.
see photos: Meeting, Research Exposition, Stimilt Olds

Faculty and Students Receive Awards: see photo

At the recent meeting of the American Phytopathological Society Pacific Division, held in Boise, Idaho, Dr. Lindsey du Toit received the Early Career Award. This award honors a plant pathologist belonging to the Pacific Division with 10 or fewer years of postgraduate experience and/or service. The award can be for a single outstanding contribution or for sustained significant and notable contributions to plant pathology in extension, research, teaching, or industry.

Two students were also recognized with Graduate Student Paper Awards. These awards recognize outstanding research and oral presentations by graduate students by presenting a plaque and monetary gift. Leigh Ann Harrison (major professor Dr. Tim Murray-photo) received first place (abstract). Guiping Yan (major professor Dr. Xianming Chen-photo) received the third place award (abstract).

New Website:

The WSU Sudden Oak Death Education Program recently set up a website to post resources for industry professionals and first detector training materials. Currently there are some useful handouts and links relating to the diagnosis and management of P. ramorum posted on the site. The site will be updated as new guides are developed or modified as our understanding of P. ramorum biology and disease management increases. Click here to follow link to the new website. If you have any recommendations or comments please direct them to Norm Dart.

Faculty Travel:

Tobin Peever visited the University of Helsinki May 31 to June 4 to serve as Opponent for the Ph.D. defense of Marjo Serenius. Marjo was supervised by Outi Manninen and the title of her dissertation was “Population structure of Pyrenophora teres, the causal agent of net blotch of barley”.  During his visit, Peever met with Jari Valkonen and students, post-docs and faculty in the plant pathology group at the University of Helsinki and with researchers at the MTT Agrifood Research Centre at Jokioinen.  At MTT, he presented a seminar on Ascochyta systematics and genetics of host specificity. see photo

Professional Meetings:

Faculty, staff, and students were on the move in June attending meetings of professional associations:

  • Society of Nematologists, Kauai, attended by Dr. Ekaterini Riga, her student Donna Henderson, and technician John Wilson. Riga presented the paper “News, Views and Issues in the Use of Entomophathogenic Nematodes,” and a poster, “New Management Issues and Options in Washington State,” with John Wilson. Henderson presented a poster, “Direct and Indirect Effects of Mustard Amendments on Two Entomopathogenic Nematode Genera, Steinernema and Heterorhabditis.”
  • International Biofumigation Congress, Moscow, Idaho, attended by Dr. Ekaterini Riga and her student Donna Henderson; both presented posters. Riga, “The Use of Arugula on its Own and in Combination with Synthetic Nematicides Against Plant Parasitic Nematodes of Potatoes,” and Henderson, “Effect of Mustard Green Manure Amendment on the Infectivity and Mortality of Two Entomopathogenic Nematode Genera, Steinernema and Heterorhabditis,” see abstract.

Research Highlight:

Meet Dr. Lindsey du Toit, Assistant Scientist and Extension Specialist in the Department of Plant Pathology, located at WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, a plant pathologist whose research focuses on vegetable seed pathology, and read about her current research program (click here).

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