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Department of Plant Pathology

May in the News

Australian Researchers’ visit to the department

Dr. Trevor Wicks, Senior Plant Pathologist at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) Plant Research Centre in Adelaide, Australia, and Dr. Simon Anstis, postdoctoral scientist with SARDI, visited Washington State University and the Columbia Basin of central Washington and north-central Oregon the week of 23 May 2011. Wicks and Anstis toured research trials and commercial crops in the Columbia Basin, where Rhizoctonia spp. are causing economic losses in onion bulb crops and several other crops, with Drs. Tim Paulitz (USDA ARS), Lindsey du Toit (Washington State University), Phil Hamm (Oregon State University), and Lyndon Porter (USDA ARS). Wicks and Anstis presented a seminar on the main campus of Washington State University on 27 May, titled “Rhizoctonia onion stunt in South Australia: Factors affecting severity and management options”. Wicks and Anstis were treated to a baseball game between the rivals Washington State University and the University of Washington.

Visitor from the USDA FAS-Borlaug International Fellows Program, WA DC

Ms. Natasha Acheampong, International Affairs Specialist with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS), WA DC, visited the department on May 24th and met with Dr. Hanu Pappu, department chair.  Ms. Acheampong, serves as an International Affairs Specialist for the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program in USDA FAS. The program aims to promote food security and economic growth by increasing scientific knowledge and collaborative research to improve agricultural productivity, by training international agricultural research scientists, faculty, and  policymakers. Ms. Acheampong has been with the agency 5 years, and received her degree in International Relations from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to her appointment with USDA, she was an Associate at Greenlee Partners,  LLC, and Program Coordinator at OIC International, a Philadelphia based not-for-profit organization that provides citizens of the developing world with tools to secure a better future. Her visit was organized by Dr. Chris Pannkuk, Director, CAHNRS International Research and Development.

Director of Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation Visits Department

Professor Robert Henry, Director, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) visited Washington State University on May 16-17th and met with the faculty in the department. His visit facilitated discussions to strengthen the ongoing collaborations and indentified new areas for joint research efforts.  Launched in 2010, QAAFI is an Institute of the University of Queensland (UQ) and was formed through an alliance between UQ and the Queensland Government.  Professor Henry’s specialty research area is the study of agricultural crops using molecular tools. Over the years, his work has included the study of DNA-based methods for identification of plants and their pathogens, the development of molecular markers for plant breeding and the genetic transformation of plants.

Congratulations to our Spring Graduates!

Sarah Dossey completed her MS program under the supervision of Dr. Brenda Schroeder.

Megan Robinson completed her MS program under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Murray.
Hongyan Sheng completed her PhD program under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Murray.
Jane Stewart completed her PhD program under the supervision of Dr. Tobin Peever.
Muditha Weerakoon completed her MS program under the supervision of Dr. Mark Mazzola.
Jingying Zhang completed her MS program under the supervision of Dr. Gary Grove.

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