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Department of Plant Pathology

March in the News

UDSA-ARS News Feature

Reseach conducted by Drs. Pat Okubara and Ekaterini Riga was reported by the USDA, Agricultural Research Service on March 30.

Faculty honored with International IPM Excellence AwardDr. Naidu Rayapati, a member of the Integrated Pest Management Collaborative Research Support Program (IPM CRSP) funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development at Virginia Tech, received the International IPM Excellence Award at the 6th International Integrated Pest Management Symposium – Transcending Boundaries held during March 24-26, 2009, Portland, Oregon. The team award was presented to IPM CRSP “for exceptional accomplishments relating to economic benefits of IPM adoption, reducing potential human health risks, and demonstrating minimal adverse environmental effects.”** *For more information, please click here.

Visitor from Agriculture Western Australia

Dr. Roger Jones, Principal Plant Virologist, Agriculture Western Australia, Australia, visited Dr. Naidu Rayapati’s lab during March 26-28, 2009. He also met with several scientists to learn about research programs on virus diseases. Dr. Jones gave a seminar on “The role of epidemiology in the management of insect-transmitted viruses – an Australian perspective”

On Solid Ground Features

Research conducted by Dr. Dennis Johnson on late blight in potatoes was featured in the March 11 issue of On Solid Ground.

Research conducted by Dr. Lindsey du Toit on vegetable seed health was featured in the March 25 issue of On Solid Ground.

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Visitor

Dr. S.K. Manoranjitham, Assistant Professor, Department of Fruit Crops, Horticultural College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore-641003, India, visited Dr. Naidu Rayapati’s lab in Washington State University’s Department of Plant Pathology at the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, Prosser, for a period of about 5 weeks beginning January 15-February 18, 2009, to gain hands-on experience in molecular diagnosis of vegetable viruses. Her short-term training in an advanced institution in the US was supported by a Human Resource Development project funded through the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for faculty capacity building in advanced agricultural sciences at TNAU.

Faculty to Deliver Symposium

Dr. Brenda Schroeder, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology has been selected to deliver an invited talk at the ‘Schroth Faces of the Future in Bacteriology-A Look to the Future’ Symposium to be held at this year’s annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society in Portland, OR. Congratulations Dr. Schroeder for this recognition by our professional society!

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