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Department of Plant Pathology

October in the News

Mushroom Foray!
The Palouse Mycological Association (PMA) will hold a weekend foray at the Indian Creek Campground (, Priest Lake, Idaho on October 12-14.  A limited number of heated cabins, each sleeping 5-6 people are available, and must be reserved in advance.  We have already reserved two cabins for the foray.  Tent and RV camping is also available on a first-come basis.  Indian Creek Campground has washrooms with flush toilets, hot water and showers.  We will drive up to Priest Lake Friday (Oct. 12), and the foray will be on Saturday (Oct. 13) at the north end of Priest Lake.  All members of the department (plus family and friends) are welcome to join us on this foray.  For more information, please contact Tim Paulitz or Lori Carris.

Visiting Scientists:
Dr. Farhat Fatima Jamil, Deputy Chief Scientist and Head of Plant Protection Division of the Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology, Faisalabad, Pakistan, visited Dr. Weidong Chen from September 27 to October 4, 2007.  Her visit was to discuss cooperative research on chickpea diseases in Pakistan and the US.  During her visit, Dr. Jamil presented a special guest seminar in the Department of Plant Pathology on Plant Pathology Research and Disease and Pest Control in Pakistan.  She also visited with Lee Hadwiger, Kevin McPhee, Fred Muehlbauer, Tobin Peever, Brenda Schroeder, Patricia Okubara, George Vandemark, and members of the Grain Legume Genetics and Pathology Laboratory. see photos  Dr. Jamil visits the chickpea blight nursery and poses with some members of the Grain Legume Genetics and Pathology lab.

Dr. Bruce McDonald, Professor of Plant Pathology, Institute of Integrative Biology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, was an invited speaker of the Plant Pathology Seminar Series on October 8, 2007.  Dr. McDonald presented a seminar entitled “The emergence of plant pathogens in agroecosystems”. He also spent two full days visiting with faculty, post-docs and graduate students in the Departments of Plant Pathology, and Crop and Soil Sciences, and USDA Scientists. His trip was co-sponsored by the Washington State University Center for Integrated Biotechnology. see photosDr. McDonald shares family photos and poses with friends

Dr. Chris Taylor visited Dr. Pat Okubara on October 9, 2007 and gave a seminar entitled “Characterization of nematode-lethal Pseudomonas fluorescens.”  Dr. Taylor is a Principal Investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO. He studies root biotic interactions, and specializes in nematode biology and control. see photo

Mathew Abang, Legume Pathologist, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Aleppo, Syria visited Tobin Peever Oct 13-27, 2007. Mathew is working on several collaborative projects with Peever during his visit and presented a seminar entitled “Collaborative legume pathology research between ICARDA and WSU: Issues and Considerations”. He also discussed his research with Peever lab members Martin Chilvers, Hajime Akamatsu, and Jane Stewart as well as members of the USDA Grain Legumes Genetics and Physiology Unit including Weidong Chen, George Vandermark and Kevin McPhee. see photo

Faculty Travel:
Dr. Hanu Pappu was a keynote speaker at the 10th International Plant Virus Epidemiology Symposium: Controlling Epidemics of Emerging and Established Plant Virus Diseases-The Way Forward. Attended by over 250 scientists from 27 countries, the symposium was hosted by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, India.  Dr. Pappu gave two talks on topsoviruses: “Reducing the global impact of thrips-transmitted tospoviruses in diverse cropping systems: Successes gained and challenges that lie ahead” and “Thrips-transmitted Iris yellow spot tospovirus epidemics in the US: Understanding the epidemiological factors behind the outbreaks in onion seed and bulb crops.” see photos

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