College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

March in the News

WSU Showcase

WSU Showcase was held Friday, March 28, where department research was on display. View photos.

Upcoming Extension Workshop

Workshop entitle Nematode identification – with emphasis on Free Living Nematodes (microscopes and keys for Nematode Identification will be used) will be held on May 14th, 11 am to 4:00pm, WSU-IAREC, Prosser. Seminar as part of the Workshop: “Soil Community Structure: Effect of Different Organic Agroecosystems and Edaphic Properties ” presented by Doug Collins, Crop and Soil Sciences Department. The seminar is open to everyone, however, you must register for the workshop by e-mailing Dr. Ekaterini Riga ( the participation is limited due to space and microscope availability.

New to the Website

We have added a section to our website! Check out the Research Highlights and learn more about the internationally recogized scientists and their research.

Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Fellowship

Dr. Hanu Pappu has received the Fulbright Fellowship for the 2008-2009 year. Pappu will participate in lecturing and research activity for three months at Alexandria University, Egypt. The lecturing activities are in the area of molecular virology and agricultural biotechnology. Pappu will also be conducting in the area of genomics of selected viruses of vegetables and legumes. Pappu has also worked with the USDA FAS to bring the Borlaug Fellow to WSU. His work has allowed WSU to be the host institution for the Borlaug Fellow in the area of agricultural biotechnology emphasizing environmental issues.

On the Cover…

Dr. Hanu Pappu’s research on tospoviruses is featured on the cover page of the April 2008 issue of Plant Disease.

Dr. Naidu Rayapati’s research on Tomato spotted wilt virus is featured on the cover page of the 2008 February issue of Plant Pathology, pp.190?200.

Meet Your New Co-Worker

Anmin Wan

Dr. Wan, a postdoctoral fellow from Simon Fraser University, Canada, recently joined Xianming Chen’s lab. He obtained his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from China Agricultural University. He worked on wheat stripe rust at the Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. His major researches in Pullman include pathogenicity survey and detection of wheat and barley stripe rust pathogens, especially monitoring the new races and virulence, resistance evaluation of lines, cultivars and germplasms with interested resistance to stripe rust.

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