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Department of Plant Pathology

November in the News

Washington State Magazine Feature
Dr. Jack Rogers and Dr. Lori Carris are featured in the Winter 2007-08 edition of Washigton State Magazine. Three articles were published, “Into the Woods“, The Dark Side of Fungi” and “The Fungal Files” describing the hunt for fungi, the dangers of fungi and the fungi collection at the WSU’s Mycology Herbarium.

News from the NAPIA Conference
Dr. Weidong Chen, Evans Njambere and Renuka Attanayake Kithul Pelage attended the biannual and the 50th Anniversary meeting of the North American Pulse Improvement Association in Madison, Wisconsin November 1-2, 2007.  Evans gave an oral presentation entitled “Cultural and DNA-based identification of Sclerotinia trifoliorum infecting chickpea in the US” (Njambere, Chen, Frate, Temple, and Muehlbauer) and won second place award of the student oral presentation competition.  Renuka presented a poster entitled “Microsphaera trifolii causing powdery mildew of peas in a greenhouse environment” (Kithul Pelage, Dugan, Glawe, McPhee and Chen) and won second place award of the student poster presentation competition.  Dr. Chen was elected to the Board of Directors of the North American Pulse Improvement Association.

Master Gardener Magazine Feature
Research on powdery mildew conducted by Dr. Dean Glawe is featured in the Autumn 2007 edition of Master Gardener Magazine. see feature

Faculty Travel:
Dr. Timothy Murray traveled to Kunming, China to participate in the First International Steering Committee Meeting of a multinational research project on Conservation and Use of Crop Genetic Diversity to Control Pests and Diseases in Support of Sustainable Agriculture. This project involves China, Ecuador, Morocco and Uganda. The steering committee meeting was held in Kunming, they then traveled to southern Yunnan Province to visit one of the five field research locations, and then two more days at Yunnan Agricultural University in Kunming. WSU and YAU signed a memorandum of understanding at this meeting establishing a formal research collaboration. see photos

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