Postdoctoral Research Associate: Plant Pathology / Soil Microbiology
Position Summary: Plastic mulches are used in agriculture to conserve water, suppress weeds, and optimize soil temperatures for certain crops. However, plastic mulch needs to be disposed of at the end of the growing season, resulting in labor and disposal and environmental costs. Biodegradable plastic mulches that can be tilled into the soil could alleviate such disposal issues. However, the effect of biodegradable mulch use on plant disease occurrence, and upon tillage into the soil on the survival of soilborne plant pathogens, is unknown. This work is part of a large, multi-institutional and interdisciplinary SCRI CAPS project, investigating the use of biodegradable plastic mulches for agriculture. The postdoctoral research associate will work as part of the project team, and be located at Washington State University’s Research & Extension Center near Mount Vernon, WA (http://mtvernon.wsu.edu/). The position is available for up to two years with possibility of two-year renewal. Read full announcement here.