Pullman Plant Diagnostic Clinic Re-opens
Rachel Bomberger has recently joined Washington State University (WSU) as the new diagnostician/manager of the Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinic in Pullman, WA. Bomberger received her Master of Science degree from Oregon State University (OSU) working with Dr. Cynthia M. Ocamb. While at OSU, she was inspired to pursue diagnostics because of the work and mentorship of Melodie Putnam and Maryna Serdani. In 2013, she joined Shouhua Wang’s Plant Pathology Laboratory with the Nevada Department of Agriculture in Sparks, NV. Bomberger became a System for Timely, Accurate, and Reliable Diagnostics (STAR-D) quality management system auditor and was able to take advantage of many other trainings through the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN). Wang and Bomberger became USDA-APHIS-PPQ-CPHST National Plant Protection Laboratory Accreditation Program (NPPLAP) certified diagnosticians for Citrus Greening and Sudden Oak Death and became the first state department of agriculture lab to receive the STAR-D Quality Management System Accreditation. Bomberger is actively involved in the APS Career Advancement and Development Resources and Education (CADRE) website.