College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

September in the News

Faculty delivers keynote address in South Africa

Dr. Mark Mazzola, Adjunct Professor of Plant Pathology and located in Wenatchee, was invited to present the keynote address at the Multidisciplinary Symposium on Soil Biology and Soilborne Diseases held in Stellenbosch, Western Cape Province, South Africa, 15-17 September, 2009.  Dr.  Mazzola’s  talk was entitled “Active manipulation of native soil microbial community structure and function to suppress soilborne disease development”.  In the context of this visit, Dr. Mazzola met with several graduate students for which he serves as co-promoter at Stellenbosch University. He also traveled to Mooketsi in the northeast corner of South Africa where he observed large scale efforts to maximize use of resident soil biology to enhance efficiency of tomato production systems.

Plant Pathology Personnel Recognized for their Service and Accomplishments

The entire department got together on September 21 in 343 Johnson Hall to welcome Dr. Axel Elling, our newest faculty member, and to congratulate several faculty, staff and students for their service to the department and for their professional accomplishments. For the first time, plant pathology colleagues from Research and Extension Centers joined this joyous occasion by video conferencing!  CAHNRS Dean, Dr. Dan Bernardo, joined the festivities.  All those present in Pullman were treated with chocolate and carrot cakes, arranged by the FUN Committee.

Read all about the event and view photos here. (Pictures by Dr. Murthy)

Faculty Hosts Field Tour of Christmas Tree Research Plots

The ninth International Christmas Tree Research and Extension Conference capped off its annual meeting recently with a tour of the 18 acres of Christmas tree research plots at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center. “This is a group that involves the leading Christmas tree researchers from around the world,” said WSU plant pathologist and internationally known Christmas tree researcher Dr. Gary Chastagner, Professor of Plant Pathology, who hosted the tour.  Read the full article that appeared in WSU Today.

Plant Pathology Faculty Scored Big in the Recent Round of Specialty Crops Grants Program (SCRI)

Congratulations to Plant Pathology faculty, Dr. Debbie Inglis and Dr. Naidu Rayapati for their success in obtaining funding from SCRI. For the full story, click here.

Faculty Delivered Invited Lecture

Dr. Hanu Pappu, Chair, was invited to give a seminar in the Department of Plant Pathology, UC-Davis, Davis, CA. He presented a talk on September 28, 2009, in their weekly seminar series, on his ongoing research on thrips-transmitted tospoviruses.

Dr. Pappu met with the faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students during his visit. His visit also included meetings with scientists from the industry, and farm advisors from the UC Cooperative Extension Service.

2009 CAHNRS Fall Festival

Our department was well-represented at the 2009 CAHNRS Fall Festival held on September 17, 2009. The display booth was set up by our graduate students and exhibits consisted of several hands-on learning items dealing with fungi, bacteria, viruses and nematodes. Thank you to our student volunteers that made this a successful event!

Faculty’s Research on Christmas Trees Featured on KOMO TV

Dr. Gary Chastagner, ‘your friendly neighborhood Christmas tree expert’ and Professor of Plant Pathology located at Puyallup R and E Center, was featured in the news on Seattle area TV station, KOMO TV. The TV coverage was about the the International Christmas Tree Research and Extension Conference tour at Puyallup organized by Dr. Chastagner. For full story and video, click here.

Faculty Delivers Talks at the International Conference on Thrips and Tospoviruses, Gold Coast, Australia

Dr. Hanu Pappu, Chair, attended the IX International Conference on Thrips and Tospoviruses, held in Gold Coast, Australia Sept 1-5, 2009.
He presented two talks and four posters on his ongoing research on the biology, epidemiology, molecular biology and management of thrips and tospoviruses, and chaired a session on tospovirus epidemiology.

Faculty and Students Featured in APS Pacific Division Newsletter

The Fall 2009 addition of the APS Pacific Division Newsletter featured our faculty and students.

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