WSU CAHNRS

College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

Rollins completes MS degree

Lucy Rollins recently completed her MS in Plant Pathology at Washington State University. Lucy’s thesis title was “A comparison of detection and quantification methods for Phytophthora ramorum in water and threshold levels of inoculum in irrigation water required for infection of rhododendron leaves.  Her committee consisted of Gary Chastagrollinsner (Major Advisor), Lori Carris, and Dennis Johnson.  In her work, Lucy compared methods to detect and quantify zoospores in water, including various baiting methods as well as filtration and qPCR.  She also tested inoculum threshold levels in simulated over-head irrigation of greenhouse/nursery plants. Her results will help guide the nursery industry in how to manage this broad host-range pathogen while irrigate their plants.  Lucy enjoys projects that work with the public so will be looking for these types of opportunities in the future.

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