College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

March in the News

Student Poster Competition

Congratulations to Koya Yakabi, undergraduate student working with Dr. Pat Okubara, Research Geneticist, USDA ARS and adjunct professor in the department.  Koya won 3rd place at the Science & Engineering Undergraduate Poster Competition in the Molecular, Cell, and Chemical Biology category. The event was held on Monday, March 28th in CUB, WSU-Pullman campus. The poster descried the results of his research on the comparative genomics of Magnaporthe oryzae, M. poae and Gaeumannomyces graminis var. tritci.

Faculty to Discuss and Articulate the Future of NematologyCongratulations to Dr. Axel Elling, assistant professor in our department! He was selected to present the future for the discipline of nematology at the Schroth Faces of the Future in Nematology Symposium to be held at the annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) in August 2011 in Honolulu, HI.

The Faces of the Future Symposium Awards are created through an endowment established by Milt and Nancy Schroth.  Speakers are selected through a competitive review process by the APS.  This symposium is designed to acknowledge the new faces shaping the future of nematology, that are forward thinkers and are perceived to be the future leaders in the field of nematology. The speakers will be asked to present their research in a special session where they will have the opportunity to highlight their current work and speculate on the future directions of their discipline. In addition, the speakers will have the opportunity to submit a mini-review to be published as a fully citable APSnet feature, where they can highlight their philosophy and thinking about the future direction of their discipline.

The Samuel Roberts Noble Research Foundation Research Scientist Visits Department

Dr. Rao Uppalapati, Research Scientist, Plant Biology Division, The Samuel Roberts Noble Research Foundation, Ardmore, OK was invited to visit the plant pathology department, Washington State University, Pullman, WA on March 7-8, 2011.  Dr. Uppalapati was hosted by Weidong Chen, USDA ARS and adjunct professor of plant pathology.  Dr. Uppalapati is investigating plant-pathogen interactions using functional genomic and metabolomic tools, and presented a seminar “Medicago truncatula: A model to improve fungal resistance in crop legumes”.  During his visit to Washington State,  Dr. Uppalapati visited and held discussions with Lyndon Porter, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS in Prosser, WA.

WSU Today Feature

Plant Pathology course, PlP 300, taught by Dr. Naidu Rayapati, assistant professor in our department, was featured in the March 7 edition of WSU Today.

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