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Department of Plant Pathology

October in the News

Nematology Workshop

In the end of October, 2008, a Nematology workshop was organized in WSU-IAREC Prosser by Ekaterini Riga. The workshop consisted of two sessions. The morning session speakers, Dennis Johnson (WSU-Pullman), Phil Hamm (OSU), and Hassan Mojtahedi (USDA-ARS, Prosser) addressed biology and control methods of plant parasitic nematodes of main economic importance of PNW potatoes. The afternoon session was dedicated to general biology and updates of the quarantine nematodes, Potato Cyst Nematodes. The afternoon session was lead by Ekaterini Riga (WSU-Prosser) who presented information on the biology of the Potato Cysts nematode, followed by presentations from Eoin Davis (APHIS, ID), Tom Wessels (WSDA, WA), Bob Zemetra (UI, ID), Roy Navarre (USDA-ARS, WA), and G. Parra (USDA-APHIS-PPQ, NC).

Approximately 70 participants attended the workshops from the PNW including potato commissioners, industry members, extension personnel, APHIS personnel, scientists, technicians and students. Lunch was sponsored by the Washington State Potato Commission. For photos, click here.

New Senior Editor of Phytopathology

Dr. Tobin Peever, Associate Professor, will assume the position of a Senior Editor of Phytopathology ( beginning January 2009. Phytopathology, published by the American Phytopathological Society, is one of the world’s leading scientific journals that publishes articles on fundamental research in plant pathology.  Congratulations, Dr. Peever!

New to the Web

Check out our latest page! We have added a Student Life section to our web site. Here you can see how much fun our students have outside the classroom and labs!

Festschrift Fest

A celebration for Dr. Jack Rogers was held on Monday, October 20. The online mycology journal North American Fungi published a Festschrift honoring Dr. Rogers for his many years of service to Washington State University and to the science of mycology. Thank you to Dr. Rogers for his service and congratulations!

More photos, click here.

Dr. Rogers was also featured in WSU Today . For the full story, click here.

USDA’s 2008 Outreach, Diversity annd Equal Opportunity Award

Dr. Tim Paulitz, Adjunct Professor of Plant Pathology, and USDA-ARS Research Plant Pathologist received the USDA’s 2008 Outreach, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity Award for both the regional (Pacific West Area) and national levels. This is in recognition of his outreach efforts to Native American elementary, middle, and high school students, to get them interested in science and science careers.

These activities are part of an ongoing effort by The USDA-ARS Root Disease and Biological Control Research Unit, called “Pumping Up the Science and Math Pipeline” -a program to recruit under-represented groups into science careers and “Camp SkWant” –  a summer science camp for Native students.

Congratulations, Dr. Paulitz!

WSU Today Feature

Researchers at WSU were among the most successful nationwide in winning competitive grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new Specialty Crop Research Initiative. Dr. Debra Inglis and Dr. Hanu Pappu both received grant funding through this program. Full Story

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