College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

November in the News

Vice Chancellor from University of Faisalabad, Pakistan’s  Visit to the Department

Dr. Iqrar Khan, Vice-Chancellor, University of Faisalabad in Pakistan visited the department on November 30. He held discussions with Dr. Hanu Pappu, Chair on developing scientific linkages between his university and our department.

His visit was to commemorate the signing of an MOU between WSU and UAF to train graduate students from UAF.  The first PhD student, under this program, will be joining Dr. Hanu Pappu’s program in spring semester 2010.

Pictured from left, Dr. Tahir Zahoor, UAF and visiting scientist in School of Food Science, Dr. Barbara Rasco, Professor, School of Food Science, and Dr. Iqrar Khan.

King County Master Diagnosticians Visit WSU Powdery Mildew Research Program

On November 18 a group representing the King County Master Diagnosticians visited the powdery mildew research program of Dr. Dean Glawe.  During their visit they were shown how powdery mildew fungi are characterized microscopically and with DNA sequences, and how resulting information is used to identify powdery mildews using resources such as the Erysiphales Database.   The King County Master Diagnosticians are a select group of WSU Master Gardeners with advanced training and experience in diagnosing plant diseases.  They also are enthusiastic powdery mildew collectors and have provided numerous specimens for Dr. Glawe’s research.  Since 2002, WSU Master Gardeners have provided nearly 2,000 samples of powdery mildews for research, and many of these specimens have been used to help document new plant diseases in the region and in North America.

Invited to Chair Scientific Sessions and Deliver Talks

Dr. Hanu Pappu was invited to chair a session on viruses at the 2009 International Conference on Solanaceae (SOL 2009) held in New Delhi on November 8-13, 2009. He gave an invited talk on his ongoing research on potato-virus interactions.

Dr. Pappu also attended the 5th International Conference on Plant Pathology held in New Delhi November 10-13, and gave an invited talk on his ongoing research on biotechnological approaches for virus disease management with special emphasis on thrips-transmitted tospoviruses.  He also served as a convenor of a session on Outreach and Farmer Participation.
Dr. Pappu attended the International Horticulture Congress (ICH-2009) in Bangalore, November 9-12, where he gave an invited keynote speech on thrips-transmitted tospovirus epidemics in horticultural crops and developing strategies for sustainable management solutions.  He also met with researchers and administrators from the local horticultural industry, and university and government laboratories.

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