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College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

September in the News

Distinguished Lecture Series

Dr. Barbara Valent, Distinguished Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University, visited the department as the student invited guest speaker for the Distinguished Lecture Series and presented “Roles for Plasmodesmata and ‘Blast Interfacial Complexes’ during Biotrophic Invasion of Rice Cells by the Blast Fungus.” The event was co-sponsored by WSU Center for Integrated Biotechnology. More photo, click here.


STA Laboratories VisitsVikki Hallowell, Mycology Program Leader for STA Laboratories, Inc. in Longmont, CO visited Dr. Lindsey du Toit’s vegetable seed pathology program at the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC on 17-18 September 2008. Vikki spent two days learning how to test spinach seed for necrotrophic fungi using a freeze-blotter seed health assay developed by Lindsey’s program.

OSU VisitorsDr. Ken Johnson and Todd Temple, from the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University, visited Dr. Lindsey du Toit and Mike Derie in the vegetable seed pathology program at the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC on 8-9 September 2008. Ken, Lindsey, Todd and Mike are working on a collaborative project on the seedborne carrot pathogen Xanthomonas hortorum pv. carotae. The research project is funded by the California Fresh Carrot Advisory Board.

Plant Virus and Vector Research Receives $1.3 million Competitive Grant from USDADr. Hanu Pappu is part of the team of investigators from WSU, University of Idaho and USDA to be awarded a $1.3 million competitive grant from the USDA Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Grants Program headed by Dr. Sanford Eigenbrode, Professor and Chair of Entomology, U of I. Congratulations!

Back to School PicnicOur annual fall picnic was held at Sunnyside Park, hosted by Fun Committee members Hanu Pappu, Brenda Schroeder, Ian Saltzman, Sahar Eid, Renuka Kithul Pelage, Youn-Sig Kwak, Lee Hadwiger, and Hongyan Sheng.

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Special Guest SeminarDr. Roberto Miglino, Plant Virologist and Project Leader for Virus Laboratory at the Dutch Bulb Inspection Service, Lisse, The Netherlands, gave a special seminar on September 10.  He described the Research, Development and Service activities of his lab with emphasis on viruses of ornamental bulbs. Dr. Miglino is hosted by Dr. Hanu Pappu.


CAHNRS Fall FestivalThe CAHNRS Fall Festival was held on Sept. 9, from 4 – 6 p.m. at Spillman Plaza located between Johnson and Hulbert Halls.  This was a chance to meet other students, professors and advisors, and the deans of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.  There were department displays and club exhibits.  Jeremiah Dung and Ian Saltzman along with other graduate students were the representatives for the Department of Plant Pathology and fielded questions from undergraduates and others about the department, graduate opportunities and careers in Plant Pathology.

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On Solid Ground FeatureResearch conducted by Dr. Hanu Pappu on protecting legumes from viral epidemics was featured in the September 10 issue of CAHNRS On Solid Ground.

Conference Room Open HouseThe Fun Committee started their “First Friday” events for the year with a Conference Room Open House.  A tremendous amount of effort and energy has gone into getting the conference room up and running.  It is now a model for others on campus.  This get together was to showcase our conference room and thank those involved for all of their hard work!!

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On Solid Ground FeatureResearch conducted by Tri Asmira Damayanti, a collaborator and visitor in Dr. Naidu Rayapati‘s laboratory, that lead to the discovery of a new virus was featured in the September 3 issue of CAHNRS On Solid Ground.

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