New Faculty Joins Department
Achour Amiri joined the Department of Plant Pathology at Washington State University (WSU) in September 2015. He is an Assistant Professor based at the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center (TFREC) in Wenatchee. Amiri first received an engineering degree in agronomic sciences from the National Institute of Agronomy in Algeria. His interest in plant pathology and postharvest diseases began at the Gembloux Agricultural University in Belgium where he earned his Master’s degree. He continued to pursue his interest in epidemiology and postharvest disease management at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris (France) where he earned his Ph.D. Amiri then moved to Clemson University where he worked as a postdoctoral scientist on major stone fruit diseases i.e. the brown rot fungus, Monilinia fructicola, and Armillaria Root Rot. Most recently, he worked at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center where he carried out research aiming to understand the epidemiology of the gray mold fungus in strawberry and develop strategies to mitigate risks related to fungicide resistance development. Amiri is very enthusiastic about the opportunity to develop nationally and internationally recognized research and extension programs at WSU-TFREC that will focus on studying the epidemiology and management of pre- and postharvest diseases of major tree fruits grown in Washington and the Pacific Northwest region.