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Science PUB to feature Fungi

April 12, 2017

Don’t miss Professor Lori Carris and Plant Diagnostician Rachel Bomberger, who will be featured presenters for the Palouse Discovery Science Center’s Science PUB.  “Fungi – Morels and Fungal Plant Pathoogens” will take place on Tuesday, May 9, 6-8pm, at the Paradise Creek Brewery. “Sip your favorite brew, as you learn a thing. . . or […]

CAHNRS Focus on Research – Lindsey du Toit

March 30, 2017

Dr. Lindsey du Toit’s research program is the subject of a recent WSU YouTube presentation.

USAID Farmer-2-Farmer Onion Disease Project

March 29, 2017

Lindsey du Toit, Professor in the WSU Department of Plant Pathology, was invited by the Farmer-2-Farmer Program of the US Agency for International Development to work with onion growers on managing diseases and storage rots in the Sacapulas region of Quiche in the highlands of northwestern Guatemala. Lindsey spent March 12-26 in Guatemala on this […]

Garfinkel selected for Smick Scholarship

March 28, 2017

Andrea Garfinkel, PhD candidate with Dr. Gary Chastagner, was selected to receive a $1,500 Alexander A. Smick Scholarship in Rural Community Service and Development. The committee noted her commitment to rural community service and agricultural outreach in Alaska. Professor Alexander Smick was a WSU faculty member from 1930 to 1971. Professor Smick had an outstanding […]

Pink snow mold destruction discovered in area wheat fields

March 28, 2017

By Linda Weiford, WSU News PULLMAN, Wash. – Damage caused by snow mold in some eastern Washington wheat fields has surprised a Washington State University plant expert who has studied the fungus for nearly four decades.   Melting snow is exposing patches of injured wheat in parts of the state where destruction by snow mold […]

Alaska Airlines Travel Awards

March 27, 2017

Congratulations to Shashika Hewavitharana, Lydia Tymon, and Kiwamu Tanaka, who each received travel awards through the Alaska Airlines Travel program. Thanks to the generosity of Alaska Airlines, WSU faculty and graduate students will engage in learning and outreach activities related to key sustainability research areas: the food-energy-water nexus, built environment, biofuels, and aerospace.

Grad Student Organization Awarded

March 27, 2017

The Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) at WSU has selected the Plant Pathology Graduate Student group as the recipient for the GPSA Award of Excellence for contributions as a Registered Student Organization during the 2016 -2017 academic year.  The leadership team for the groups is Gretchen Freed, Cristian Olaya, Xuefei Wang, and Chiti Agarwal.  […]

Students earn awards for posters and travel

March 20, 2017

The Ph.D. students from our department Likun Wang and Sowmya Ramachandran won the second and third place in the poster student competition respectively. The competition was part of the Symposium “Pioneering Ideas in Agriculture 2017,” hosted by WSU and organized by graduate students from the departments of  Crop and Soil Sciences, Plant Pathology, Horticulture, and Entomology. […]

du Toit gives talk on spinach research, extension

March 8, 2017

Lindsey du Toit, professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, gave the J.E. Vanderplank Memorial Address at the 50th Congress of the Southern African Society for Plant Pathology, January 15-18 at Champagne Sports Resort, Drakensburg, South Africa.  She presented on spinach seed crop pathology research and extension at WSU, engaging principles of the U.S. land […]

Grape virology team wins awards at the 2017 Washington Winegrowers annual meeting

March 7, 2017

The Washington Winegrowers Association (WAwinegrowers.org) organized a poster session at its annual convention held during February 7-9, 2017, at Kennewick, WA. Among the several research posters judged by grape and wine industry stakeholders at the annual convention, Dr. Naidu Rayapati’s grape virology team received two prizes under Professional Category for the following posters: Second prize […]

Plant Research in “Plant Hotel”

March 1, 2017

Dr. Kiwamu Tanaka’s research is featured in the Daily Evergreen.

Three Minute Thesis 2017

February 28, 2017

Our department was successfully represented today at the CAHNRS Three Minute Thesis competition. Joey Deshields (MS with Kiwamu Tanaka) placed 2nd for the Masters category. Olga Kohzar (PhD with Tobin Peever) was awarded the People’s Choice Award. Each of them won prize money and our deepest admiration!  

Mushroom Boom

February 10, 2017

Dr. Lori Carris discusses mushrooms in the recent Washington State Magazine’s article “After the Rains” Don’t miss the “Web Extra,” a gallery of beautiful photos, which includes photos by Pat Okubara and Molecular Plant Sciences graduate student Erika Kruse.

Researchers tackle impact of climate change on plants

February 6, 2017

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers are undertaking an industrious investigation into the effects of global warming on plants. Making the effort possible is a fully automated “plant hotel” that can analyze up to 6,000 seedlings in a single experiment. Kiwamu Tanaka, an assistant professor in plant pathology, […]

Inspired by the mission of Seattle Tilth

February 6, 2017

PhD graduate student, Lederson Ganan, blogs about this year’s Tilth conference here.

Crop-Eating Mold

February 3, 2017

Listen to Dr. TIm Murray’s interview on NW Public Radio: 

New Director for Clean Plant Center NW

February 1, 2017

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences PROSSER, Wash. – As new director of the Clean Plant Center Northwest, Scott Harper will help growers stop devastating crop viruses before they gain a foothold. His top priority is to grow the Northwest’s supply of virus-free fruit trees, vines and hops.  Read the […]

Wheat Fields Damaged by Snow Mold

January 24, 2017

  Dr. Tim Murray discusses snow mold concerns among farmers in the January 24, 2017 issue of The Daily Evergreen.

New Staff – Dr. Yan Liu

January 17, 2017

Yan Liu recently joined Xianming Chen’s program in the USDA-ARS and Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, WA as an associate in research.  Liu received her B.S. degree in engineering from Central South University, Changsha, China in 1996; M.S. in Crop Genetics and Breeding from Northwest A&F University, Yangling, China in 2004; […]

Remembered – Dr. Bill Bruehl

January 17, 2017

George William ‘Bill’ Bruehl, professor emeritus of the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU), passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016 in Meridian, Idaho, at the age of 97. He was born September 10, 1919 in Mentone, Indiana to Henry Waltropp Bruehl and Mary Frances (Dawson) Bruehl, and his big sister, Frances. Bruehl’s father […]

PhD Student, Jonathan Eagle, Featured in CAHNRS Blog

November 28, 2016

For Jonathan Eagle, doctoral student in the Washington State University Department of Plant Pathology, service has always been important. A veteran of the Air Force, he served as a crew chief for multi-million-dollar fighter planes. Today, Eagle is now working to safeguard Washington wheat crops from a devastating disease, while representing fellow students as a […]

WSU Students Show Plant Disease at Palouse Discovery Science Center Family Science Saturday

November 14, 2016

Zack Frederick and David Wheeler, Ph.D. students in plant pathology at Washington State University, and Chanel McGowan, a WSU student and intern at the Palouse Discovery Science Center (PDSC), hosted one of several Family Science Saturday events entitled “Fungus Among Us” at the PDSC, Pullman, Washington. The goal of these hands-on, informal science education events […]

Tip from our Plant Diagnostician – Slime Mold

November 10, 2016

Plant Diagnostician, Rachel Bomberger has posted a timely tip about Slime Mold on Wheat to the CAHNRS and WSU Extension Wheat and Small Grains website. The post was highlighted in the November 2016 On Solid Ground.      

Fifth Grade Career Fair

November 10, 2016

Graduate students Joey DeShields and David Wheeler, along with plant diagnostician Rachel Bomberger, traveled to the Spokane Convention Center to speak with 2600 Spokane School District fifth graders about careers in plant pathology. “It was a fun time to introduce students to our passion and career choice, with the hopes that one day they will […]

Amiri’s Research in the News

November 7, 2016

Dr. Achour Amiri is featured in today’s WSU News.  The article highlights Amiri’s research on fungus in apples and pears under storage.

Western Innovator

October 10, 2016

Dr. Gary Chastagner’s research on Christmas trees is featured in a recent article in the Capital Press.

Murray Travels to Singapore and Malaysia

September 29, 2016

Tim Murray made presentations at the Sustainable Food Security in ASEAN – Role of Genetics and New Technologies, in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (http://ilsisea-region.org/) on September 5 and 7, 2016.  His talk, entitled “Challenges for Agriculture and Food Production: Understanding Plant Pathology”  was for an audience of scientists and policy makers, who work in […]

Biotech in Europe: An insider’s View

September 14, 2016

Cole Mueth, PhD student in Dr. Scot Hulbert’s lab, took a break from lab work and did an internship with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service in the Office of Agricultural Affairs in Germany this summer. He learned a lot about the challenges facing biotechnology in the European Union while he was there. Check out his […]

Global reach of the Clean Plant Center Northwest (CPCNW)

August 31, 2016

A group of apple and pear growers from Lebanon visited the CPCNW on August 22, 2016, to learn about production of pathogen-tested fruit trees. This visit was facilitated by the USAID.

Global engagement of faculty

August 31, 2016

Dr. Naidu Rayapati, Associate Professor in Plant Pathology, Washington State University, in partnership with Dr. Amer Fayad, Associate Director, Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab at Virginia Tech, organized a three-day workshop on “Diagnosis and Management of Plant Virus Diseases” at the Plant Pathology Division of the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, […]

Murray begins term as APS President

August 4, 2016

Dr. Tim Murray, Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at WSU, has begun his term as President of the American Phytopathological Society.  He officially took office during the recent annual meeting in Tampa, Florida. The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is the premier scientific society dedicated to high-quality, innovative plant pathology research. For more than […]

Eastwell recognized by USDA-APHIS

July 20, 2016

During the July WERA-020 meeting in Davis, CA, Dr. Ken Eastwell, CPCNW Director Emeritus, was recognized by USDA-APHIS for his contributions to plant protection and pivotal leadership in the National Clean Plant Network.

APS Pacific Division Meeting Wrap-Up

July 12, 2016

Message from Scot Hulbert, Department Chair: As you have probably heard, the APS Pacific Division meeting was a huge success.  Probably the biggest attendance ever for a Pacific Division meeting and the venue was awesome.  Many thanks to the local organizing committee, Drs. du Toit, Inglis and Peever for all their work organizing it. Congratulations […]

Garfinkel presentation wins award in China

July 11, 2016

Andrea Garfinkel, PhD student with Dr. Gary Chastagner, attended the 12th International Symposium on Flower Bulbs and Herbaceous Perennials in Kunming, China.  Andrea’s presentation entitled “Identification of Botrytis paeoniae microsatellites to track potential pathogen movement on peony rootstock using Ion Proton technology” was selected as the best graduate student oral presentation at the meeting.

Emran Ali joins Amiri lab

July 8, 2016

On July 1st, Emran Ali joined the Pathology Lab at Washington State University’ Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, Wenatchee, WA, as a Postdoctoral Research Associate under the supervision of D. Achour Amiri. Ali completed his MS and PhD in Plant molecular biology and virology from Ehime University, Japan. His doctoral work focused on the […]

Mazzola published in Science Magazine

June 20, 2016

Research conducted by USDA ARS Scientist and Adjunct Plant Pathology faculty member, Dr. Mark Mazzola, along with Dr. Jos M. Raaijmakers, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Wageningen, Netherlands, was published in the June 2016 issue of Science magazine.  The article is entitled, “Soil immune responses.”

Bullock completes PhD

May 13, 2016

Jeff Martin Bullock recently completed requirements for a Ph.D. degree in plant pathology at Washington State University (WSU).  His committee consisted of Kenneth Eastwell (chair), Hanu Pappu, Brenda Schroeder, and Paul Matthews (Hopsteiner).  Bullock’s thesis was entitled “Genetic basis for host response to hop stunt viroid.”  He received B.S. degrees in chemistry and biology in […]

Morels in the Classroom

May 6, 2016

The summer 2016 edition of Washington State Magazine features an article on Morels, which includes research done by students in PlP 526, Advanced Fungal Biology, taught by Dr. Lori Carris and Dr. Tobin Peever.

PLP 526 Students Present Research

April 28, 2016

Graduate students Olga Kozhar, Chiti Agarwal, Yuxian Li, Shannon Carmody and John Weber gave a special seminar presenting the results of their class project “Strange Case of Pointed Morel”.  Over the course of the 2016 spring semester, the graduate students in Dr. Tobin Peever’s Advanced Fungal Biology class worked on phylogenetic analysis of unclassified specimens […]

One of Seven Winners

April 25, 2016

WSU News | April 18, 2016 By Craig Lawson, International Programs PULLMAN, Wash. – Virus mutation, regional aquaculture and the accuracy of international mortality statistics are some of the research projects of faculty who received the Fourth Annual International Research Travel Awards (IRTA) from Washington State University last week. The winners are David Gang and […]

Rayapati attends Workshop in Nepal

March 29, 2016

The USAID-funded Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management (IPM IL) conducted a three day “Training on Diagnosis of Plant Virus Diseases in Vegetable Crops” at the Plant Pathology Division of the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) in Kathmandu, Nepal March 1-3, 2016. The main objective of this workshop was to train the […]

Cynthia Gleason Joins Faculty

March 15, 2016

Cynthia Gleason recently joined the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU) as an assistant professor working on nematology.  Gleason started working with plant parasitic nematodes as a graduate student at UC Davis in the group of Valerie Williamson.  Her work there focused on identifying the root-knot nematode effector that is recognized by the […]

Sam Smith Visits

March 7, 2016

Dr. Samuel H. Smith shared his insights and experiences in higher education with Plant Pathology graduate students, postdocs and faculty during a March 4, 2016 reception on the WSU-Pullman campus.   Dr. Smith, the eighth president of Washington State University (1985-2000) and an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, emphasized the importance of earning […]

Visiting Professor

February 16, 2016

Lili Huang, professor and associate dean of the College of Plant Protection, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, China, recently visited the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU).  Her visit was supported by China Scholarship Council and hosted by Xianming Chen, research plant pathologist of USDA-ARS and adjunct professor of WSU.  During her visit, she […]

2016 WSU CAHNRS Administrative Professional Excellence Award

February 16, 2016

Jenny Glass, extension coordinator running the Plant Diagnostic Lab of College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS), Washington State University (WSU) at the Puyallup Research and Extension Center, has recently been selected to receive the 2016 WSU CAHNRS Administrative Professional Excellence Award.  Glass has run the Plant Diagnostic Lab in Puyallup since 2000.  […]

Master’s Thesis Award

February 16, 2016

David Wheeler, Ph.D. student of the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU), recently received the Ann Chittenden Holland Master’s Thesis Award for Graduate Student Excellence from the WSU Graduate School.  This award, $1,000, is open to all graduate students in good standing in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) who have at least […]

PhD Degree Awarded

February 16, 2016

Bhanu Priya Donda recently completed requirements for a Ph.D. degree in plant pathology at Washington State University. Her committee consisted of Naidu Rayapati (Chair) and Dennis Johnson (Department of Plant Pathology), Roy Navarre and George Vandemark (USDA-ARS), and Siddarame Gowda (University of Florida). Bhanu’s thesis was titled “Molecular biology and epidemiology of grapevine leafroll-associated viruses.” During her graduate program, Bhanu […]

Fellowship Awarded

February 16, 2016

Andrea Garfinkel, Ph.D. students of the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU), recently received the Richard R. and Constance M. Albrecht Fellowship from the WSU Graduate School. This fellowship is open to all active doctoral graduate students in good standing who have successfully passed their preliminary examination, and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Candidates are […]

Grad Students Win WSU Awards

January 28, 2016

Congratulations to two of our own who just won prestigious WSU awards! Andrea Garfinkel (PhD with Dr. Gary Chastagner) was the recipient of the Richard and Constance Albrecht Fellowship for 2016/17. The award was open to all active PhD students in the University, and Andrea’s application had to first be selected by a CAHNRS for […]

Graduate Students Complete Their Masters Programs

January 27, 2016

Staci Lynne Koberstein recently completed the requirement for an M.S. degree in plant pathology at Washington State University.  Her thesis was entitled “Molecular marker identification in Oculimacula yallundae using next-generation sequencing.”  Her thesis committee consisted of Timothy Murray (chair), Tobin Peever, Weidong Chen, Deven See, and Daniel Skinner.  Oculimacula yallundae is a fungal pathogen causing […]

Editor’s Pick

December 18, 2015

Zachary Frederick’s recent article in Plant Disease was selected as “Editor’s Pick” noting: Frederick et al. report results of field trials in which several chemicals were applied to apple trees between bud break and the appearance of green leaf tissue. Spraying a copper material resulted in a significant reduction of isolate growth on DMI-amended media. Zack […]

Pullman Plant Diagnostic Clinic Re-opens

December 14, 2015

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 […]

Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan

December 14, 2015

Sumaira Farrakh, a Fulbright scholar and assistant professor from Department of Biosciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, is visiting the laboratory of Xianming Chen, research plant pathologist of USDA-ARS and adjunct professor of the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU) from December 2015 to November 2016. Farrakh received her B.S. degree […]

Beissinger Blogs

December 11, 2015

CSANR sponsored registration for several WSU students to attend Tilth Producers of WA annual conference.  Reflections written by these students are posted to their web site. MS student, Abby Beissinger, attend the event and was invited to write about her experience.  You can read her blog, “The Power of being Casual,” here.  Abby is located […]

Purple needle eater threatens noble fir holiday boughs, trees

December 1, 2015

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences PUYALLUP, Wash. – Noble fir, the iconic tree of holiday greenery, is under attack by a disease known as purple needle eater. The mysterious disease attacks new growth, causing needles to turn purple and die.  “A bough harvesting contractor wants to be able to […]

Jardini Successful in M.S. Final Exam

November 16, 2015

Teresa Marie Jardini recently completed the requirement for an M.S. degree in plant pathology at Washington State University (WSU). Her thesis was entitled “Limited host range of Sclerotinia trifoliorum examined in comparison to S. sclerotiorum.” Her thesis committee consisted of Weidong Chen (chair), Dennis Johnson, and Frank Dugan.  Sclerotinia trifoliorum is limited in host range […]

WSU Hosts Dr. Yu-Ming Ju

November 13, 2015

Yu-Ming Ju of the Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan visited the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University October 28-30, 2015. His visit was hosted by Professor Emeritus Jack Rogers. During the visit, Ju met with faculty, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students; and gave a lecture on the relationship between […]

Peever in South Africa

November 9, 2015

Tobin Peever took part in a PhD final exam and presented a seminar at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.  See announcement and photos.

Sthapit Paper Awarded

November 4, 2015

Congratulations to Jinita Sthapit (PhD 2015) and her advisor, Deven See, on an award they won for a paper from her dissertation work.  The paper was selected as a winner by the Crop Science Society of America for an “Outstanding Papers in Plant Genetic Resources” Award.  The reference is below: Jinita Sthapit, Maria Newcomb, J. […]

Research for specialty crops boosted by $1.7 million

October 17, 2015

by Sylvia Kantor, CAHNRS News PULLMAN, Wash. – More than $1.7 million was awarded to Washington State University for specialty crop research including berries, potatoes, grapes, tree fruit, onions, carrots and Christmas trees, the Washington State Department of Agriculture announced today. WSU received grants for 10 of the 24 projects funded through the 2015 U.S. […]

Jacobsen, Invited Speaker from Montana State

October 7, 2015

Dr. Barry Jacobsen, Associate Director, Montana State Agricultural Experiment Station, Professor of Plant Pathology at Montana State University (MSU), and Head, Department of Research Centers at MSU was the invited speaker during the Fall seminar series in the department. Dr. Jacobsen visited the Department on October 5th and gave an overview and current status of […]

New Faculty Joins Department

September 30, 2015

Achour Amiri joined the Department of Plant Pathology at Washington State University (WSU) in September 2015. He is an Assistant Professor based at the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center (TFREC) in Wenatchee. Amiri first received an engineering degree in agronomic sciences from the National Institute of Agronomy in Algeria. His interest in plant pathology […]

Two Students Awarded Fellowships

September 24, 2015

Andrea Garfinkel, PhD student with Gary Chastgner, and Shannon Carmody, MS student with Lindsey du Toit, were two of the nine recipients of the 2016 Western SARE Graduate Student Competitive Grants Program (http://www.westernsare.org/Grants).  The mission of the program is to “foster sustainability through grants that enable cutting-edge research and education to open windows on sustainability […]

Dr. Pappu receives the APS Fellow Award

August 18, 2015

Dr. Hanu Pappu, professor of plant pathology, received the Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) award at the recently held annual meeting in Pasadena, CA.  The Fellow award is the highest recognition bestowed by APS on its members, and no more than 0.1% of the society’s membership is given this award annually. At the […]

du Toit hosts scientist from Denmark

July 27, 2015

Dr. Merete Halkjaer Olesen, plant pathologist at Aarhus University in Flakkebjerg, Denmark, visited Dr. Lindsey du Toit’s vegetable seed pathology program at the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC from 20-23 July 2015 to work on diseases in spinach, table beet, and Swiss chard seed crops in northwestern Washington. Merete’s research has focused on diseases in spinach […]

Workshop covers lab and greenhouse methods of working with the brassica black leg pathogen

July 27, 2015

On July 15, 2015, Jim Davis and Megan Wingerson from the Canola, Rapeseed, and Mustard Program at the University of Idaho (http://www.cals.uidaho.edu/brassica/) visited Lindsey du Toit’s vegetable seed pathology program at the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC for a hands-on workshop that covered lab and greenhouse methods of working with the brassica black leg pathogen, Phoma […]

Western SARE Graduate Student Proposal Award

July 27, 2015

Congratulations to Shannon Carmody, MS student in Dr. Lindsey du Toit’s vegetable seed pathology program, on applying successfully for a Western SARE Graduate Student Proposal Award. Her proposal was titled “Seed Transmission and Management of White Leaf Spot and Light Leaf Spot Pathogens in Brassicas in the Pacific Northwest”. The funding ($15,675) will help cover […]

Identifying grapevine fungus may help fight disease

July 23, 2015

From WSU News, By Erika Holmes, Viticulture & Enology Researchers at Washington State University have documented seven fungal species that cause cankers in grapevines. These new findings could reduce the incidence of grapevine trunk disease in Washington vineyards by preventing the problem before it becomes widespread. Fungi infect the wood of grapevine trunks (or cordons) […]

Humphreys-Pereira Completes PhD Final Exam

July 15, 2015

Danny A. Humphreys-Pereira recently completed the requirements for his Ph.D. degree in plant pathology at Washington State University (WSU).  His dissertation was entitled “Genetic diversity and comparative mitochondrial genomics of root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.).”  His committee included Tobin L. Peever (Chair for one year), Axel A. Elling (Chair for four years), Jeremiah W. Busch, Timothy D. […]

Student Awarded Scholarship

July 8, 2015

Abby Beissinger, MS student advised by Dr. Debbie Inglis, was a recipient of the Great Lakes National Scholarship ($2,500). This scholarship, from Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc., is awarded to students pursuing excellence in STEM fields. Abby’s research focuses on the effects of Potato virus Y on both specialty potatoes and growers in western […]

MS Final Exam Success

June 15, 2015

Leslie Holland recently completed the requirement for a M.S. degree in Plant Pathology at Washington State University (WSU).  Her thesis was titled “Characterization of fungal pathogens associated with grapevine trunk diseases (GTD) in Washington State”.  Her thesis committee consisted of Dean Glawe (Chair), Gary Grove, George Vandemark, and Thomas Henick-Kling (director of WSU Viticulture & […]

Harnessing wild yeasts to produce refined wines

June 10, 2015

From WSU News by Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences Wine comes from grapes, but the alcohol comes from yeast. Most wine is made by fermenting grapes with specifically chosen species of yeast, leading to predictable wines for vintners. But wild yeasts grow naturally on grapes, and researchers at Washington State […]

Northwest sees morel shroom boom

June 2, 2015

From WSU News Morels, wild mushrooms prized for their depth of flavor, are enjoying a banner year in much of the Pacific Northwest. Not only did they appear early, but there are lots of them and they are good quality, according to a mushroom expert at Washington State University. “I’d say it has been a […]

Wall of Honor Inductee

May 26, 2015

R. James Cook, professor emeritus, interim dean 2003-2005, and retired USDA-ARS research plant pathologist, was inducted into the Wall of Honor at the annual recognition ceremony of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS), Washington State University.  Cook is one of the most honored research scientists in USDA and WSU history for […]

Congratulations to Recent Grads

May 26, 2015

Amy Salamone completed the requirements for an M.S. degree from the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU).  Her graduate program committee included Debbie Inglis (chair), Tim Paulitz, Lori Carris, and Lynne Carpenter Boggs.  Her thesis was entitled “Effects of temporary flooding rotations on Rhizoctonia solani AG-3 and on soil bacterial communities in western […]

Science Pub Presentation

May 26, 2015

Growing, hunting and preserving edible mushrooms was discussed by Washington State University researchers at the inaugural Science Pub 7- 9 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Paradise Creek Brewery downtown. It was the first in a planned quarterly series arranged by the Palouse Discovery Science Center. “Famous fungus throughout history” and “growing culinary mushrooms” were the […]

Student Awards

May 22, 2015

Congratulations to the students in Dr. Naidu Rayapati’s program! Ms. Bhanupriya Donda (PhD):  Raymond G. Grogan Student Travel Award to attend the American Phytopathological Society annual meeting, August 1-5, 2015, Pasadena, CA. Mr. Jati Adiputra (PhD): 2015 Walter J. Clore scholarship from the Washington Wine Industry Foundation. Mr. Raphael Adegbola (PhD): Thrips Tospoviruses Educational Network […]

Ed Thomas SURCA Winner

April 13, 2015

Plant Pathology’s own Edward Thomas was a first-place prize winner in WSU’s recent Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities competition (SURCA).  His poster presentation in the “Organismal, Population, Ecological, and Evolutionary Biology” category earned him a Crimson Award and prize of $300.  Ed’s research focused on developing methodology to study early infection processes in […]

Mazzola featured in Capital Press

April 6, 2015

Dr. Mark Mazzola was featured as a ‘Western Innovator’ in a recent issue of Capital Press, a popular newspaper that features Ag in the western US. The article discusses Mazzola’s work on replant disease.

Distinguished Lecture Series

April 2, 2015

Dr. Robert E. Davis was this year’s Plant Pathology Student-Invited Lecturer.  Dr. Davis is the Research Leader/Supervisory Research Plant Pathologist for the Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory for the USDA-ARS in Beltsville, MD.  Dr. Davis met with several students and faculty during his visit.  His seminar title was:  Genome Fusion and the Origin of Phytoplasmas: Do […]

Murray goes to Washington DC

March 31, 2015

Tim Murray, American Phytopathological Society (APS) vice-president, participated in the APS Public Policy Board’s spring trip to Washington, DC, to meet with federal agencies and legislators involved with agricultural research issues. APS is promoting the Phytobiomes Initiative (phytobiomes.org), the goal of which is to achieve a comprehensive foundation for understanding the organisms that live in, […]

One Agriculture-One Science Global Education Project

March 31, 2015

Tim Murray, professor of plant pathology, participated in the Global Planning Meeting of the One Agriculture-One Science Global Education consortium (oneagriculture.org) held March 9-10, 2015 at ICRISAT headquarters in Hyderabad, India. One Agriculture-One Science: A Global Education Consortium was formed with the aim to boost agriculture education to help address challenges of global food security, […]

Dr. Shah Completes Visit to WSU

March 16, 2015

Syed Jawad Ahmad Shah, Principal Scientist and Plant Pathologist-Group Leader, Plant Breeding and Genetics Division, Nuclear Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Peshawar, Pakistan, completed his one-year visit in the stripe rust program of Xianming Chen, USDA-ARS Wheat Genetics, Quality, Physiology, and Diseases Research Unit and the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University in […]

Carmody Wins Smick Scholarship

March 9, 2015

Congratulations to Shannon Carmody, MS student in the Vegetable Seed Pathology program, on receiving the Alexander A. Smick Scholarship in Rural Community Service and Development. Shannon will receive $2,000 to develop a “Plant Pathology 101” workshop this fall in Mount Vernon, WA, under the direction of Dr. Lindsey du Toit with the WSU Vegetable Seed […]

Pappu Receives Research Award

March 4, 2015

Hanu Pappu, professor of the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU), received the Faculty Excellence in Research Award of this year at the Faculty/Staff Awards Reception on February 26.  The Award was sponsored by the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS), WSU, and the selections were made by a panel […]

Graduate Student’s Research Showcased at the Wiley Expo

March 2, 2015

Cristian Olaya, PhD student in Dr. Pappu’s lab, participated in the Dr. William R. Wiley Research Exposition held on February 20th in CUB Ballroom and presented a poster. The title of his poster was “ Deciphering the Three Dimensional Structures of Viral Proteins: Toward Designing Novel Virus Suppression Strategies against Negative-Stranded RNA viruses.” Cristian’s PhD […]

First-generation alumnus recognized in Ebola virus fight

February 25, 2015

On Feb. 11, President Barack Obama in a news conference publicly recognized a group of heroes, including U.S. Navy Cdr. Guillermo “Billy” Pimentel, a 1999 Washington State University PhD graduate in the Department of Plant Pathology. Read the full text in WSU News.

Award Winning Poster

February 16, 2015

Leslie Holland, a Master’s student in Plant Pathology, was awarded second place in the Graduate Poster competition at the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers (WAWGG) Annual meeting in Kennewick, WA, on February 13. The title of her poster was “A Reassessment of Grapevine Trunk Diseases in Washington State Vineyards.” She is co-advised by Drs. […]

Tribute to a trendsetter – Dr. Rubén Duran

February 4, 2015

Dr. Rubén Duran, professor emeritus and distinguished ustilaginologist in the Department of Plant Pathology at Washington State University, passed away at the age of 89 on August 10, 2014. Read more about Dr. Duran in the tribute excerpted from the January 2015 issue of Inoculum to learn about the professional and social impacts he made […]

New On-line Degree – Master’s in Agriculture: Plant Health Management

January 16, 2015

Washington State University’s Plant Health Management master’s option combines WSU’s world-renowned plant science graduate programs with business courses in executive management. Graduates will be qualified to manage commercial-scale agricultural operations and address problems associated with plant pathogens, insects and weeds, as well as environmental factors that affect plant health. Courses include entomology, plant pathology, crop […]

Congratulations!

December 22, 2014

Anna Leon successfully defended her PhD dissertation on December 12th. Her dissertation was titled ‘Quantification and determination of inoculum threshold levels of Fusarium commune in Douglas-fir nurseries’. Anna’s committee included Gary Chastagner (Chair), Tim Paulitz, Ned Klopfenstein, and Lynne Carpenter Boggs. Anna already has a job as a Nursery Pathologist with Weyerhaeuser. Congratulations Anna!

Graduation

December 22, 2014

Dr. Ying Zhai attended the Fall Commencement on December 7th and was hooded by her major advisor, Professor Hanu R. Pappu. Her thesis was titled ‘Genomic Characterization and Molecular Investigations into Negative-Stranded RNA viruses of Plants’. Zhai’s thesis committee included Drs. Hanu Pappu (Chair), Amit Dhingra (Horticulture), Ken Eastwell, and Neena Mitter (University of Queensland).  […]

Guest – Hailing Jin

December 12, 2014

Hailing Jin, Professor of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, University of California at Riverside, was visiting Washington State University on December 3 and 4, 2014.  She was invited by graduate students of Molecular Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, and hosted by graduate student Nicholas Mueth and Prof. Scot Hulbert.  She gave a seminar entitled “Small RNAs, […]

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Plant Pathology / Soil Microbiology

December 11, 2014

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 […]

Reducing the mess of shed Christmas tree needles

December 2, 2014

Nobody wants to set up a Christmas tree in their home and have the needles start falling off well before Santa shows up. So to help tree buyers, Washington State University researchers are using a $90,000 grant to study the effect of ethylene on needle retention in species commonly grown in the Pacific Northwest. Gary […]

Student awarded scholarship

November 25, 2014

Bhanu Priya Donda  was a Walter J. Clore scholarship recipient this year.  The scholarship was started in 1997 by the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers to recognize and honor the research and lifetime achievements of Dr. Clore.  Bhanu is pursuing a PhD with Dr. Naidu Rayapati working on the epidemiology and molecular biology of […]

Students Attend NSF Plant Post-Translational Modification Mass Spectrometry Workshop

November 20, 2014

Graduate students Zack Frederick and David Wheeler (Dr. Dennis Johnson’s lab) attended the NSF funded Plant Post-Translational Modification Mass Spectrometry Workshop at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Chicago, during November 17-18th. The workshop was hosted and organized by Drs. Jean Greenberg, Stephen Kron, Andrew Manning, Don Wolfgeher, and included guest speakers from the […]

McCotter successfully defends MS thesis

November 19, 2014

Sean W. McCotter successfully defended his MS thesis, “Use of whole genome sequence data to characterize mating and RNA-silencing genes in Tilletia species,”  on November 18, 2014, in the Department of Plant Pathology at Washington State University.  His committee consisted of Lori Carris (Major Advisor), Dorrie Main, Patricia Okubara, and Lisa A. Castlebury.  Sean’s research […]

Job announcement – Associate in Research

November 19, 2014

Washington State University, Department of Plant Pathology, Pullman, WA — An Associate in Research is sought to assist with laboratory, greenhouse and field wheat breeding and genetics research directed at understanding and manipulating plant response to soil borne plant pathogens.  The emphasis of this position will be on laboratory and greenhouse research, but will also […]

Rollins completes MS degree

November 17, 2014

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 Chastagner (Major Advisor), Lori Carris, and Dennis […]

Guest Seminar – Jeff Chang

November 5, 2014

Dr. Jeff Chang, Oregon State University, Corvallis, presented a seminar to the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University on November 3. In his seminar, entitled “Genome-enabled discoveries in the broad host range, Gram-positive phytopathogen, Rhodococcus fascians,” Dr. Chang presented evolving hypotheses on the molecular basis of pathogenicity of R. fascians. He also advised Plant […]

Jim Cook appointed to a one-year term on the Council of the National Academy of Sciences

November 5, 2014

Jim Cook reports that he is back on the council of the National Academy of Sciences, appointed by NAS President Ralph Cicerone to fill the 3rd year of an unexpired 3-year term of a member elected to the office of Foreign Secretary.  Jim was previously elected to a 3-year term on council, August 2000 to […]

Rebuilding soil boosts threatened beet seed production

October 21, 2014

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Growers in the fertile Skagit Valley have reported drops in historical beet seed yields of as much as 50 percent, according to Lindsey du Toit, vegetable seed pathologist at Washington State University. While disease and herbicides may cause isolated problems, researchers recently determined that poor soil is the prevailing factor.  Read […]

Welcome Dalphy Harteveld

October 7, 2014

Graduate students met with new staff member and guest seminar speaker, postdoctoral research associate Dr. Dalphy Harteveld, to discuss ongoing research in the Dept. of Plant Pathology. Dr. Harteveld received her Ph.D from The University of Queensland in Australia where she studied diseases of apple caused by Alternaria species under the supervision of Dr. Andre […]

Mount Vernon berry pathology research aids Westside growers

September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014 Northwest Washington’s small fruit growers may get some help warding off two growing threats to their high-value crops, as a result of the ongoing work of WSU Mount Vernon’s new berry pathology research team. Associate Plant Pathology Professor Tobin Peever, Post-doctoral Research Associate Dalphy Harteveld, and Ph.D student Olga Kozhar are studying […]

$350,000 donation supports dahlia virus research at WSU

September 24, 2014

A $350,000 donation from an avid dahlia grower will support Washington State University research into viruses that afflict the ornamental flower crop. “My brother clearly recognized that the knowledge in place at WSU made it the only practical place to solve the virus problem,” said James Chuey, who made the gift from the Scheetz Chuey […]

du Toit Travels to Brazil

August 27, 2014

Lindsey du Toit was invited to give a presentation at the 47th Brazilian Phytopathology Congress in Londrina, Brazil on 17-22 August 2014. Her presentation, titled ‘Detection methods for seedborne bacteria and nematodes’, was complementary to a presentation by Dr. Gary Munkvold, seed pathologist from Iowa State University, titled ‘Detection methods for seedborne fungi, viruses, and […]

Congratulations to PhD graduate

August 4, 2014

Ying Zhai completed the requirements for a PhD in Plant Pathology. Her thesis was titled ‘Genomic Characterization and Molecular Investigations into Negative-Stranded RNA viruses of Plants’. Zhai’s thesis committee included Drs. Hanu Pappu (Chair), Amit Dhingra (Horticulture), Ken Eastwell, and Neena Mitter (University of Queensland).  Zhai, for her PhD dissertation research, focused on tospoviruses and […]

Students Gain Experience in the Field

July 28, 2014

The 2014 offering of Pl P 525, Field Plant Pathology, took place in June and July 2014 with a record enrollment of 23 students (12 MS students and 11 PhD students), 16 from the Department of Plant Pathology, 6 from the Department of Crop & Soil Sciences, and 1 from Environmental Sciences). Course instructor was […]

Successful MS Final Exam

July 22, 2014

Congratulations to Eric Christianson on passing his MS thesis defense exam on July 7th. The title of his thesis was “Screening carrot germplasm for resistance to Xanthomonas hortorum pv. carotae”. Eric’s thesis committee consisted of Lindsey du Toit (thesis committee chair, Department of Plant Pathology), Steve Jones (co-chair, Department of Crop & Soil Sciences), Scot […]

Faculty and Students at APS-PD

July 22, 2014

Several Plant Pathology faculty and students attended the APS Pacific Division meeting in Bozeman, MT. from 7/8-11. Faculty and students presented their work from WSU, networked with attending scientists, and attended presentations on both basic and applied plant pathology. Students Gretchen Freed and Eric Christanson won 3rd and 2nd place in the graduate student oral […]

Ramaswamy Delivers Smith Lecture

July 21, 2014

Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of USDA-NIFA, visited Washington State University (WSU) Pullman Campus on July 9 and 10.  Ramaswamy was selected to deliver this year’s President Sam Smith Lecture.  The lecture series was established to honor Sam Smith, Professor and Plant Pathologist, who was the eighth president of WSU from 1985 to 2000. During his visit, […]

Final exam success

July 17, 2014

Chongjing (Robert) Xia from the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU), recently completed all requirements for the M.S. degree.  Xianming Chen was his major advisor, and Scot Hulbert and Deven See served on his supervisory committee.  His thesis was entitled “Development of SP-SNP markers and use of them in studying population genetics and […]

Outbreaks of fungal diseases in Pacific Northwest crops

July 17, 2014

From WSU’s On Solid Ground, July 24, 2014 Article by:  Rachel Webber Outbreaks of fungal diseases in Pacific Northwest crops Cabbage seed infected with the black leg fungus. Vegetable and oilseed growers are advised to take extra precautions after outbreaks of three fungal diseases in Pacific Northwest crops were recently found, said plant pathologist Lindsey […]

Course Project Presented at National Meeting

June 30, 2014

Plant Pathology graduate students Sean McCotter, Iqbal Aujla, Andrea Garfinkel, Teresa Jardini, Sean Mullahy, and Chongjing (Robert) Xia presented a poster “Multiple phylogenetic species of morels (Morchella) occur in landscape settings in the Pacific Northwest” at the annual meeting of the Mycological Society of America held June 8-11, 2014 in the Kellogg Center on the […]

PhD Graduate

June 9, 2014

Lydia Tymon recently completed the requirements for a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology under the supervision of Dr. Dennis Johnson, Professor of Plant Pathology. Her supervisory committee also included Mark Pavek, Tobin Peever, and George Vandemark. The title of Lydia’s dissertation was “Frequency of isolation, determination, and epidemiology of Alternaria species on potato in the Pacific […]

Murray and du Toit Elected to APS Council

June 6, 2014

Congratulations to the newest APS Council members Tim Murray and Lindsey du Toit.  Murray was elected as incoming vice president and will serve as president for 2016-2017.  du Toit was elected councilor-at-large for 2014-2017.

PhD Graduate

May 27, 2014

Diwaker Tripathi recently completed the requirements for a Ph.D. in Molecular Plant Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Hanu R. Pappu, Professor of Plant Pathology. Diwaker’s Ph.D. dissertation was entitled “In vivo Localization and Interaction Studies of Tospovirus (Genus: Tospovirus; Family: Bunyaviridae) Proteins.” His advisory committee included Drs. Michael Knoblauch, Michael Neff, and Patricia Okubara. […]

A new future for fungi from the past

May 14, 2014

From:  On Solid Ground Story by Rachel Webber, CAHNRS Communications As Jack Rogers and Dean Glawe gently flip through volumes of fragile books filled with fungi collected more than 150 years ago, they say it’s like peering back to the beginning of modern biology. Glawe, director of the Charles Gardner Shaw Mycological Herbarium at Washington […]

Okubara Conducts Collaborative Research in Germany

May 13, 2014

Patricia Okubara, USDA-ARS scientist with the Root Disease and Biological Control research group, and adjunct faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University, Pullman, did collaborative research in the laboratories of Karl-Heinz Kogel and Jafargholi Imani, Institute of Phytopathology and Applied Zoology, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany. The research visit was funded by […]

Student receives fellowship and grant funding

May 8, 2014

Christian Aguilar, PhD student advised by Dr. Mark Mazzola, was the recent recipient of the Mike and Kathy Hambelton Fellowship, which was established to help ensure the continuation of Washington State University tree fruit research activities within the production areas of Washington State.  In addition, Christian served as Co-Principal Investigator of the proposed research project […]

Student Receives Awards

May 7, 2014

Congratulations to Leslie Holland, MS student co-advised by Drs. Gary Grove and Dean Glawe, on receiving three awards: The WSU Viticulture and Enology Scholarship ($2000.00) through CAHNRS for the 2014/2015 academic year Second place in the WSU Materials Research Society Inland Northwest Micrograph Contest in the Scientific Category  ($100.00) –  the winning micrograph is attached American […]

Annual Student-Invited Speaker

May 6, 2014

Dr. Marilyn Roossinck, Professor of Environmental Microbiology, Plant Pathology, and Biology at Pennsylvania State University and Sir Walter Murdoch Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University, visited our department from April 28th-30th for the graduate students’ annual Student Invited Distinguished Lecture Series.  During Dr. Roossinck’s visit she presented a well-attended seminar entitled “Viruses in Plant Adaptation to […]

Paper has been selected as Editor’s Pick by Phytopathology

May 5, 2014

Phytopathology Editor’s Pick: Imaging of Nematode Development and Plant–Nematode Interactions Dinh et al. report a technological advance in nondestructive imaging of endoparasitic plant nematodes. The authors used the lipid analog PKH26—a lipophilic fluorescent dye—to label root-lesion, sugar beet cyst, and root-knot nematodes. Each nematode’s interactions with roots of Arabidopsis thaliana (grown in microscopy rhizosphere chambers) were studied using confocal microscopy for […]

Illness-causing fungus spreads to Washington state

May 5, 2014

Regents Professor Emeritus Jack D. Rogers, a mycologist who has studied fungi at WSU for a half-century and is considered an international expert in the field, is quoted in this WSU News article.

Fungus threatening bananas

April 18, 2014

The United Nations issued a warning Monday (April 14)  of a new race of  fungus that is threatening the Cavendish banana.  Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 has already destroyed thousands of acres of bananas in Southeast Asia and could  reach the Latin America within a decade.  Plant pathologist Lori Carris talks with […]

Successful Defense

April 14, 2014

Lydia Tymon completed the requirements for a PhD degree from the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University.  Her supervisory committee included Dennis Johnson (chair), Mark Pavek, Tobin Peever, and George Vandemark. Her dissertation title was “Frequency of isolation, determination, and epidemiology of Alternaria species on potato in the Pacific Northwest.”  From cultures isolated from […]

Student receives award

April 14, 2014

Stacy Mauzey, a PhD student with Tim Murray and Brenda Schroeder in the Department of Plant Pathology at Washington State University, received a $500 travel award and free registration to attend the 60th Annual Conference on Soilborne Plant Pathogens, March 11-13 at the Dominican University of California in San Rafael.  Stacy presented her work titled […]

Students represent Department at 2014 Science and Engineering Festival

March 28, 2014

WSU Plant Pathology students Christian Aguilar and Shashika Hewavitharana attended the UW sponsored Science and Engineering Festival in Yakima, Washington on March 25th and 26th. The two interacted with middle school and high school students, teaching them about the importance of plant pathology and also demonstrated a kid-friendly DNA extraction protocol for the students. The […]

Ken Eastwell to receive Excellence in Regulatory Affairs and Crop Security Award from The American Phytopathological Society

March 10, 2014

This prestigious award recognizes outstanding contributions to regulatory plant pathology, crop security, and trade enhancement efforts by APS members. Dr. Eastwell was selected to receive this award in recognition of his many and significant contributions related to development of methods to detect and eliminate virus and virus-like agents that cause diseases of perennial specialty crops […]

Dr. R. James Cook receives high honor from Washington State Senate

February 21, 2014

Dr. R. James Cook of Washington State University was honored by the Washington State Senate for his distinguished research career as a plant pathologist. Senate Resolution 8677, sponsored by Senator Jim Hargrove, outlines Dr. Cook’s multifaceted career from his time as Chief Scientist with the US Department of Agriculture to his 40-year career at Washington […]

Plant pathology professor earns leadership award

February 20, 2014

February 20, 2014 MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – A Washington State University Mount Vernon researcher has been recognized with WSU’s annual Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Leadership. Debbie Inglis, vegetable pathology program leader, is one of four WSU faculty recipients of the 2013-14 Sahlin awards, to be presented March 28 at the annual Showcase Celebrating Excellence […]

Visitor – Dr. Daohong Jiang

February 14, 2014

Daohong Jiang, professor of plant pathology and distinguished professor of the Yangtze River Scholar Program of the Ministry of Education at Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, Hubei, People’s Republic of China, visited the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU) on January 21, 2014.  He was hosted by Weidong Chen, research plant pathologist of USDA-ARS […]

Inglis selected for 2014 Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Leadership

February 12, 2014

Debra A. Inglis, professor of plant pathology at the WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, earned the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Leadership. She served as director of the Mount Vernon office 2004-08, leading its upgrade to a modern, full-service research and extension center. She has been president of the Pacific division […]

Researchers uncover secrets of destructive plant virus

December 19, 2013

Hanu Pappu, a Washington State University professor, and a colleague from Australia have deciphered the inner workings of one of the world’s most destructive crop viruses. Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) is a global pest estimated to cause more than $1 billion in crop losses each year. Like the other 25 known tospoviruses, TSWV is […]

Successful PhD defense

December 18, 2013

Parama Sikdar from Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU) recently obtained her PhD degree in December 2013. Mark Mazzola and Changlin Xiao served as major advisors while Tobin Peever and Patricia Okubara were on her supervisory committee. Sikdar’s research program was conducted at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center and the […]

Faculty members deliver invited presentations

December 3, 2013

  Dr. Mark Mazzola, Adjunct Professor in the department and Research Plant Pathologist with the USDA-ARS in Wenatchee, delivered an invited address at the conference “Fruits and Roots: a celebration and forward look” in East Malling, United Kingdom.  The conference was held as part of a series of activities to mark the centenary of East […]

‘A national problem’: Root rot attacking Christmas trees

December 2, 2013

Katie McKeever, a Ph.D. candidate in Gary Chastagner’s lab, is working under a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to create a nationwide collection of Phytophthoras from Christmas trees to understand regional variation in pathogen populations. Research is highlighted on NBC News’ web site 

Researchers acquit guava of spreading deadly fungus

November 12, 2013

No more pitting guava against eucalyptus when it comes to explaining how a poorly understood fungal disease spreads. That is the conclusion reported by an international team of scientists in the journal Molecular Ecology (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.12545/full). The team used a common forensic technique to clear guava’s good name. In reaching its conclusion, the team of Brazilians, […]

WSU research tucked inside traveling Capitol Christmas Tree

November 6, 2013

Tucked within the massive Capitol Christmas Tree headed for Washington, D.C. are three tiny sensors most people will never see. They will collect information on how well the tree holds moisture during its 25-day journey from Washington state. Researcher Katie McKeever placed the data devices deep inside the canopy of the 88-foot-tall Engelmann spruce last […]

Faculty Receives Dr. BP Pal Distinguished Chair Award from the Indian National Science Academy

November 6, 2013

Dr. Hanu Pappu, Sam Smith Distinguished Professor in the department of plant pathology, was selected by the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) to receive Dr. BP Pal Chair Award for 2013.  The Academy instituted the INSA BP Pal Chair to recognize distinguished scientists from all over the world and to facilitate their visit to India […]

Celebrating Excellence

November 1, 2013

A Celebration of Excellence reception to recognize recent achievements of Plant Pathology personnel was held November 1. We have been busy!  Scroll through the attached to see some of the things we’ve accomplished.

Ask Mr. Christmas Tree

October 29, 2013

If you’re looking for Gary Chastagner around this time of year, you would do well to put out an all-points bulletin to Wherever Christmas Trees Are Sold. He’s perused trees up and down the West Coast, as well as in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Arizona, and Texas. Just look for the cheerful fellow […]

NIFA Award to Debbie Inglis’s team

October 22, 2013

Congratulations are due to Debbie Inglis, whose team just received a ‘NIFA Partnership Award for Innovative Programs and Projects’ from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Debbie leads the Biodegradable Mulches for Specialty Crops Produced Under Protective Covers project along with Co-PD Carol Miles (Horticulture Dept.) who is also stationed at the Mount Vernon […]

‘Mushroom queen’ hunts fungus among us

October 21, 2013

October marks the peak of wild mushroom picking in the Northwest, and a Washington State University plant pathologist nicknamed the “mushroom queen” is just the person you’d want in tow. She can keep you from getting lost in the woods and from eating a mushroom that tastes bad – or worse, one that will make […]

Grad student fellows: Top scientists funded to address world’s problems

October 1, 2013

Thirteen new scientists bring to 33 the number of doctoral students at Washington State University who are pursuing solutions to the world’s complex problems as three-year Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) fellows. Three new fellows joined the Department of Plant Pathology this year: (pictured l to r)  Zachary Frederick, with Dr. Dennis Johnson, Andrea […]

Murray expands teaching to include extension audiences

September 23, 2013

Timothy Murray, professor of plant pathology, is growing his job. With new responsibilities as Washington State University Extension plant pathologist, he will divide his time between research (70 percent) and extension (30 percent). He will lead an outreach program to develop and disseminate information about chemical, cultural and genetic methods of controlling small grain diseases […]

Borlaug LEAP Fellow

September 20, 2013

Borlaug LEAP Fellow Elfinesh Gebremariam, hopes to serve as a role model for female scientists.  Her work as a lecturer and head of the gender office at Dilla University in Ethiopia has given her leadership experience but her tenure as a production manager at a flower farm emphasized the importance of mutual respect, both for […]

Plant Pathology at the CAHNRS Fall Festival

September 18, 2013

Plant Pathology Department was well represented at this year’s CAHNRS Fall Festival held on September 12.  A team of plant path graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, led by David Wheeler (MS student with Dr. Dennis Johnson), actively and enthusiastically engaged and educated Fall Festival attendees on a diverse range of plant pathology related issues. Our […]

Borlaug Fellow from Azerbaijan

September 18, 2013

Dr. Eldar Mustafayev, assistant professor, Genetics Resources Institute, Baku, Azerbaijan, on a Borlaug Fellowship, is spending three months in the virology laboratory of Dr. Hanu R. Pappu, Sam Smith Distinguished Professor in the department. During his stay, Dr. Mustafayev will be studying the population structure and genetic diversity of selected cereal viruses and evaluate accessions […]

Stuart Grigg visits WSU Mount Vernon

September 17, 2013

Stuart Grigg, Agronomist from Australia, visited Lindsey du Toit’s vegetable seed pathology program at the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC on 16 September 2013 to discuss management of soilborne pathogens of spinach. Stuart runs a consulting company, Ag-Hort Consulting, based in Victoria, Australia, where he works with producers of vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, and brassicas. […]

Graduate Student Awarded Competitive Travel Grant from NSF and USDA NIFA to attend Plant Biology 2013

September 17, 2013

Diwaker Tripathi, PhD student in Molecular Plant Sciences, working under the supervision of Dr. Hanu Pappu, Sam Smith Distinguished Professor in the department, received a competitive travel grant to present results of his ongoing PhD dissertation research at the Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation in Plants meeting (a satellite meeting of Plant Biology 2013, organized by the American Society of […]

FAQs WSU Game Day – October 31

September 17, 2013

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Graduate Student Invited to Present Doctoral Research at Imaging and Robotics Symposium

September 16, 2013

Diwaker Tripathi, PhD student in Molecular Plant Sciences, working under the supervision of Dr. Hanu Pappu, Sam Smith Distinguished Professor in the department, was invited to present results of his ongoing PhD dissertation research at the Fall Symposium, “PhenoDays: Imaging and Robotics for the 21st Century Science” to be held later this month at the […]

Congratulations to Sudarsana Poojari for successfully defending his PhD thesis

September 4, 2013

Sudarsana Poojari’s PhD supervisory committee included, Drs. Naidu Rayapati (chair), Pat Okubara, Gary Grove and Scot Hulbert. His dissertation research focused on identification and characterization of viral diseases of grapes. Sudarsana found and described the virus associated with a relatively new disease called grapevine red leaf disease. He also used next generation sequencing technology to […]

Fall 2013 plant pathology picnic held in Sunnyside Park, Pullman

August 29, 2013

It was perfect weather and a great turnout (yellow jackets for most part minded their own business!). Group photo of some of the plant pathology graduate students is right here…

Welcome to new grad students in the department

August 27, 2013

We have 14 new students (9 PhD and 5 MS) who started their degree programs this year. Let us welcome the following students (advisors in parentheses): Front row 5’ to 3’ end: Lu Liu (Dr. Xianming Chen), Teresa Jardini (Dr. Weidong Chen), Amy Salamone (Dr. Debra Inglis), Staci Koberstein (Dr. Tim Murray), Xuefei Wang (Dr. […]

Campus Safety – Message from the Provost’s Office

August 15, 2013

August 15, 2013 Colleagues – Washington State University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for its faculty, staff, and students.  It is a priority in which the university invests significant time and resources.  We have emergency plans and procedures that are reviewed regularly and that can be implemented quickly in a crisis […]

Plant Pathology Faculty Selected as the Associate Dean, WSU Graduate School

August 9, 2013

Dr. Lori Carris, associate professor in the department, was appointed as the Associate Dean of WSU Graduate School effective July 16th, 2013. Dr. Carris will be part of the graduate school leadership team and will provide oversight to several interdisciplinary PhD programs, policy and planning. She will continue to be a member of the Department […]

Plant Pathology Professor Appointed as Director of the IAREC, Prosser

August 8, 2013

Dr. Gary Grove, professor of plant pathology has been appointed as the Director of the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC), Prosser.  Dr, Grove conducts research and extension in the area of fungal diseases and their management focusing on grapes, hops and tree fruits.  His efforts in “electronic extension” have inexorably moved outreach […]

Faculty Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

August 8, 2013
Chastanger APS Award photo

Dr. Chastagner (right) with Dr. Themis Michailides, President, APS-PD

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Chastagner, professor of plant pathology and located at the Puyallup REC, for the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Division of the American Phytopathological Society.  He was presented with this award on June 17th at this year’s annual meeting in Tucson, AZ.

The APS Pacific Division is the largest of the divisions within the APS and includes members living in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming as well as the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

USDA NIFA SCRI-Funded Project Receives Honorable Mention

August 7, 2013

Three plant pathology faculty, Drs. Lindsey du Toit, Brenda Schroeder, and Hanu Pappu are Co-principal Investigators on a USDA NIFA Specialty Crops Research Initiative- funded project, The Onion ipmPIPE  which received an honorable mention in the NIFA Report (Page 13 of the attached report). Excerpt from the Report: “Onion and garlic growers benefit from pest […]

WSU Plant Pathology Prominently Featured in the APS PD Newsletter

August 7, 2013

Our department was prominently featured in the recent newsletter of the APS Pacific Division*. *The APS Pacific Division is the largest of the divisions within the APS and includes members living in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming as well as the Canadian provinces of British […]

Graduate Student’s Successful Defense

August 2, 2013

Congratulations to Austin Bates for successfully defending his MS thesis. His supervisory committee included Drs. Brenda Schroeder (chair), Tobin Peever and Linda Thomashow. Austin’s dissertation research dealt with multi-locus sequence analysis of environmental strains of Enterobacter cloacae.  E. cloacae is a bacterial storage pathogen of onion causing Enterobacter bulb decay and is a pathogen of […]

Israeli Professor’s Visit

July 25, 2013

Dr. Shahal Abbo, Jacob and Rachel Liss Professor of Field Crops and Plant Genetics, The Levi Eshkol School of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, visited the department and presented a seminar, “Plant domestication vs. crop evolution – How can we distinguish between the two? And why does it matter?” on July 24. Dr. […]

PhD student’s successful thesis defense

July 22, 2013

Congratulations to Ms. Emily Gatch, PhD student with Dr. Lindsey du Toit, for successfully defending her PhD thesis. Emily’s PhD supervisory committee included, Drs. Lindsey du Toit (chair), Thomas Gordon (UC Davis), Mark Mazzola, Bill Pan and Tim Paulitz. Her dissertation research dealt with management of Fusarium wilt in spinach seed crops. The maritime Pacific […]

Guest Speaker from UC Davis

July 22, 2013

Dr. Thomas Gordon, Professor and Chair of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California-Davis, visited the department on 17-18 July 2013. Dr. Gordon, as a committee member, participated in the defense exam of PhD student, Emily Gatch. He also visited with various faculty and students in Pullman, and presented a seminar on […]

Graduate student’s successful defense

July 15, 2013

Shashika Hewavitharana, MS student with Dr. Mark Mazzola successfully defended her MS thesis. Her supervisory committee included Drs. Mark Mazzola (chair), Tim Paulitz, and Brenda Schroeder. Her dissertation research dealt with carbon source depedent efficacy of anaerobic soild disinfestation in controlling apple replant disease. Pythium ultimum, Pratylenchus penetrans and Rhizoctonia solani AG-5 are important components […]

Graduate Student Wins 2nd Place in APS PD Student Paper Competition

July 2, 2013

Lydia Tymon, PhD student with Dr. Dennis Johnson, Professor of Plant Pathology. Lydia placed 2nd in  the graduate student paper competition at the recently held annual meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Phytopathological Society in Tucson, AZ. Lydia presented results from her ongoing research on fungicide resistance of two Alternaria species to azoxystrobin […]

Statewide Retreat and Research Expo 2013

July 2, 2013

The department got together at NWREC, Mount Vernon for our statewide faculty retreat and plant pathology research expo on June 6th.  Hosted by Dr. Debbie Inglis, Professor of Plant Pathology and located at NWREC, faculty spent 1.5 days to discuss various issues facing the discipline and the department and chalked out action plans. A reception […]

Graduate Student’s visit to Brazil

July 2, 2013

Loren Ariza, graduate student with Dr. Xianming Chen, was part of a group of ten students and four faculty members from CAHNRS and the Honors College spent just over two weeks traveling in Brazil. We visited São Paulo, Campinas, Piricaba, and Manaus. The purpose of the trip was to become submerged in the culture, socially […]

Faculty Delivers Invited Talks in South Africa

July 2, 2013

Dr. Mark Mazzola, Adjunct Professor in the department and Research Plant Pathologist with the USDA-ARS in Wenatchee, delivered two invited addresses at the Symposium on Sustainable Crop Production held in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  His presentations were entitled, Biochar as a tool for improving soil health and storing carbon – reality or myth? and Alternatives to […]

NMSU Faculty’s Visit

June 25, 2013

Dr. Chis Cramer, Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, New Mexico State University, visited the department on June 25th. His research focus is in the area of Breeding, Genetics, Onions, Quantitative Genetics, Crop Production. Current projects include breeding program to develop onion cultivars for growers in New Mexico – to develop high yielding, […]

Science EXPO Day at Seattle Center: Plant Pathology Staff and Students at the WSU Booth

June 10, 2013

Science EXPO Day, held on June 8th at the Seattle Center in Seattle, WA, was a festive, free, one-day event featuring over 150 booths, activities, demonstrations, and performances that celebrated science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The EXPO was primarily geared toward children and is part of the 2nd annual 11-day Seattle Science Festival, a […]

Graduate Student’s Successful Defense

June 3, 2013

Congratulations to Ms. Avi Alcala, PhD student with Dr. Lindsey du Toit, for successfully defending her PhD thesis. Avi’s PhD supervisory committee included, Drs. du Toit (chair), Carol Miles, Tim Paulitz, and Lyndon Porter. Avi’s dissertation research, funded by the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR), focused on the management of damping-off […]

Retirement Reception for Prof. Jack Rogers

May 20, 2013

On April 7, more than 100 guests including current and former colleagues, friends and former students gathered in Pullman to wish Dr. Jack Rogers a happy retirement.  Dr. Rogers, Regents Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU), retired in January, 2013 after 50 years on the faculty.  During his career at […]

Nature Conservancy’s Visit

May 20, 2013

The Vegetable Pathology program hosted The Nature Conservancy of Washington and their guests, including Natural Resources Conservation Council, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, and Ducks Unlimited members on May 8, 2013, at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC for a laboratory and field tour on various aspects of the project, Field flooding for the Control of […]

Faculty Research in the News

May 20, 2013

Dr. Brenda Schroeder, assistant professor in the department, was featured in the official newwsletter of the USDA NIFA’s Western Region IPM Center, which was referenced on the web site perishablenews.com Dr. Schroeder’s lab focuses on bacterial diseases of vegetable crops with emphasis on pathogenicity and virulence factors by bacterial plant pathogens.  She uses traditional plant […]

Plant Pathology Graduate Student is an ARCS Fellow

May 20, 2013

Congratulations to Mr. Zachary Frederick, who is starting his PhD this fall with Dr. Dennis Johnson, Professor of Plant Pathology.  Zack has been selected to receive the prestigious Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholarship from the ARCS-Seattle Chapter (http://www.seattlearcsfoundation.org/). ARCS Foundation is a national organization of 17 Chapters serving 53 of the nation’s premier […]

Congratulations to Dr. Sudeep Bag

May 20, 2013

Sudeep Bag was hooded during the Spring Commencement Ceremony held in Beasley Coliseum on May 4, 2013.  Sudeep’s dissertation research was on understanding the biological, epidemiological and molecular properties of thrips-transmitted tospoviruses in vegetable cropping systems. His supervisory committee consisted of Drs. Hanu Pappu (chair), Amit Dhingra, Ken Eastwell, Neena Mitter (University of Queensland), and […]

Graduate Students to Receive Lindahl Memorial Scholarship

May 20, 2013

Two PhD students, Aaron Mahoney (MPS) and Sowmya Ramachandran (Plant Pathology) with Dr. Scot Hulbert, professor of plant pathology, were recent recipients of the Lindahl Memorial Scholarship. The Lindahl Scholarship was established in 1947 as a memorial to Mr. John Lindahl by his children, Viva, James and John Jr.  The scholarship is awarded to students […]

Stopping the Spread of Sudden Oak Death

May 20, 2013

Sudden Oak Death (SOD) has killed millions of oak trees in California, but since receiving its common name in 1995, SOD has also been found infecting flowers in Washington State nurseries. The latest tally for the cost of the Washington campaign to contain Phytophthora ramorum, the fungus-like organism that causes SOD, is more than $400,000 […]

Dr. Roger Innes from Indiana University Visits the Department

May 20, 2013

Dr. Roger Innes, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, presented a departmental seminar entitled “Molecular mechanisms underlying pathogen recognition in plants” on April 1. Innes’ presentation summarized his recent work related to molecular defense mechanisms in Arabidopsis.  As part of his visit, Innes met with plant pathology faculty, […]

Graduate Student receives Smick Scholarship

May 20, 2013

Amy Salamone, PhD student with Dr. Debra Inglis, professor of plant pathology and located at NWREC, Mount Vernon, was selected to receive the Alexander A. Smick Scholarship in Rural Community Service and Development. The scholarship will be instrumental in Amy’s Farming for Wildlife research and for organizing a laboratory training session that she will lead […]

Graduate Student Research Presentation

May 20, 2013

Stacy Mauzey, presented a poster entitled “Classification of a new bacterial species in the genus Rathayibacter based on analysis of the 16S rRNA and other housekeeping genes” at Showcase on March 29, 2013.  She completed this work under the direction of Drs. Brenda Schroeder and Timothy Murray.      

Undergraduate Student Research Presentation

May 20, 2013

Jorge Zavala, undergraduate researcher working in Dr. Brenda Schroeder’s laboratory, presented a poster entitled “Determination of Pathogenicity for Bacteria Associated with Diseased Onion Bulbs”  at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities held on Friday March 29, 2013.  Jorge received an Auvil Scholarship in the fall 2012 semester to complete this work.    

Webinar: Mysterious World of Mushrooms

May 20, 2013

Have you heard about the growing interest in mushroom hunting? Been tempted to chomp down on the mushrooms sprouting in your back yard? Delivered a harsh warning to curious toddlers picking the cute toadstools by the park? Dr. Lori Carris, fungi expert at WSU, will be discussing the mysterious world of mushrooms. This webinar will […]

New Student is ARCS Foundation Award Recipient

May 20, 2013

Congratulations to Andrea Garfinkel, who is starting her PhD this fall with Dr. Gary Chastagner, Professor of Pathology at Puyallup REC.  Andrea has been selected to receive the prestigious Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholarship from the ARCS-Seattle Chapter (http://www.seattlearcsfoundation.org/). ARCS Foundation is a national organization of 17 Chapters serving 53 of the nation’s […]

Faculty Recognition

May 20, 2013

During the first CAHNRS Honors banquet held at Banyans on March 28, Dr. Hanu Pappu, professor and department chair, was awarded the CAHNRS Award of Merit, a recognition reserved for employees who go beyond the call of duty in the execution of their responsibilities.  The award was presented by WSU Vice President for Agriculture and Extension, and […]

On the Cover

May 20, 2013

A refereed journal article by Dr. Jack Rogers, Emeritus Regents Professor in the department, was featured on the cover of January-February issue of Mycologia.  Kerrigan, J., and J. D. Rogers.  2013.  Biology, ecology and ultrastructurelof Ascobotryozyma and Botryozyma, unique commensal nematode-associated yeasts.  Mycologia 105: 34-51.

Graduate Student to Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

May 20, 2013

Congratulations to Stacy Mauzey, graduate student in the department. Stacy was selected to receive the 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  This is the highest award in science for graduate students in the country.  The National Science Foundation (NSF; http://www.nsfgrfp.org/) “received over 13,000 submitted applications for the 2013 competition, and made 2,000 award offers.” Last year the […]

Finalists in WSU Global Case Competition

May 20, 2013

Congratulations to plant pathology graduate students, Jeff Bullock (PhD studentwith Dr. Ken Eastwell) and Bhanu Priya Donda (PhD student with Dr. Naidu Rayapati). They are part of a six-member team that was one of the finalists in WSU Global Case Competition and were invited to the final oral presentation round.  Members of the team include, […]

Congratulations to Danny Humphreys, PhD student in Dr. Axel Elling’s lab

May 17, 2013

Danny’s recent refereed journal article entitled “Intraspecific variability and genetic structure in Meloidogyne chitwoodi from the USA” has been selected as cover article for the March 2013 issue by the journal Nematology (volume 15:315-327), the premier journal in the field of nematology research.  Humphreys, a native of Puerto Limón, Limon, Costa Rica, won a highly […]

Faculty Member to Receive Award

May 17, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Lindsey du Toit, Associate Professor in the department and located at NWREC, Mount Vernon. She was selected to receive the Syngenta Award from the American Phytopathologcal Society. This award is given by Syngenta Crop Protection to an APS member for an outstanding recent contribution to teaching, research, or extension in plant pathology. […]

Retirement Reception for Professor Jack Rogers

May 17, 2013

The Washington State University Department of Plant Pathology is hosting a retirement reception for Dr. Jack Rogers on April 7, 2-4 p.m., at the Paradise Creek Brewery. Friends and family are invited to come wish Dr. Rogers well. Dr. Rogers retired in January after 50 years on the WSU faculty. The Brewery is located at […]

Faculty Discusses Why Historical Data Could Hold the Key to Understanding Stem Rust

May 17, 2013

Dr. Tim Murray, professor and former chair of the department, in an interview with Mr. Matt Weaver of Capital Press, discusses his ongoing detective work using historical barberry eradication program records to help predict sources of stem rust inoculum and future epidemics in the PNW. Read the full interview here.    

Student-Invited Distinguished Seminar Series

May 17, 2013

Dr. Jacqueline Fletcher, Regents Professor and Sarkeys Distinguished Professor in the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, and director of the National Institute for Microbial Forensics and Food and Agricultural Biosecurity (NIMFFAB) at Oklahoma State University was hosted by the Plant Pathology Graduate Student Organization as part of their annual Student-Invited Distinguished Lecture Series. During […]

Faculty Elected Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society

May 17, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Mazzola, Adjunct Professor in the department and Research Plant Pathologist with USDA ARS in Wenatchee (http://www.ars.usda.gov/pandp/people/people.htm?personid=3671). Dr. Mazzola was elected Fellow of the American Phytopathologcal Society. He will be recognized at a special awards ceremony during the APS annual meeting this August in Austin, TX.  The Fellow award is the highest […]

Faculty to Receive CAHNRS Team Award for Research Excellence

May 17, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Grove, professor of plant pathology and located at IAREC, Prosser. He is a member of the WSU-Decision Aid System (DAS) Team which was selected to receive the 2013 CAHNRS Team Interdisciplinary Award of Excellence. Dr. Grove and his team members will be recognized by CAHNRS dean, Dr. Dan Bernardo at the […]

Dr. Marianne Elliott to receive the 2013 CAHNRS Award of Excellence

May 17, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Marianne Elliott, Research Associate in Dr. Gary Chastagner’s program in Puyallup. She was selected to receive the 2013 CAHNRS AP Technical Staff Excellence Award. She will be recognized by CAHNRS Dean, Dr. Dan Bernardo at the annual CAHNRS banquet on April 13th in Ensminger. Dr. Elliott has had responsibility to coordinate development […]

Plant Path Graduate Student to Receive ARCS Fellowship

May 17, 2013

Amy Salamone, PhD student with Dr. Debbie Inglis, Professor of Plant Pathology and located at the NWREC, Mount Vernon, has been selected to receive the prestigious Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholarship from the ARCS-Seattle Chapter (http://www.seattlearcsfoundation.org/). ARCS Foundation is a national organization of 17 Chapters serving 53 of the nation’s premier research universities.  […]

Faculty Delivers Invited Talk in Kenya

May 17, 2013

Dr. Hanu Pappu, professor and chair, visited the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya. He gave a talk on his ongoing research on thrips and tospovirus pest complex affecting vegetables. He met with his collaborators and visited with institute’s Director, and research scientists, staff and students.    

2012 Employee of the Year

May 17, 2013

Dr. Marianne Elliott, a research associate in Dr. Gary Chastagner’s program, was the recipient of the 2012 Employee of the Year award at the Washington State University (WSU) Puyallup Research and Extension Center.  Elliott has had responsibility to coordinate the development of statewide sudden oak death (SOD) educational programs and conduct research relating to SOD […]

Dr. Laura Davies joins Dr. Axel Elling’s lab as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate

May 17, 2013

Dr. Davies obtained her Ph.D . in plant nematology from the University of Leeds, UK under the supervision of Prof. Peter Urwin. During her Ph.D. studies, she investigated the role of auxin in the development of nematode feeding sites formed by the cyst nematode, Heterodera schachtii in Arabidopsis thaliana. Techniques including real-time qPCR, fluorescent immunolabelling […]

Please welcome Dr. Mohammad Arif to the department

May 17, 2013

Dr. Arif joined Dr. Brenda Schroeder’s lab as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. Dr. Arif has an educational background of Agriculture, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. He has an extensive research experience in microbial forensics, molecular diagnostics and population genetics. He is currently working on the development and validation of a DNA macroarray for detection […]

Faculty publication among most downloaded in 2012

May 17, 2013

An invited and peer-reviewed journal article, co-authored by Dr. Hanu Pappu, professor and chair of the department, that summarized the state-of-the-art of thrips and tospovirus pest complex was one of the most down-loaded papers in 2012. (From APS Journals Online Research Update, January 2013) What were the Top Downloaded Plant Pathology Papers in 2012?* Plant […]

Faculty Chosen to Lead APS Press

May 17, 2013

Dr. Timothy Paulitz, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS and adjunct professor of plant pathology at WSU, took over the helm of APS PRESS on January 1, 2013 as editor-in-chief. CONGRATULATIONS! Dr. Paulitz is recognized as an international leader in research on the ecology, epidemiology, biocontrol, and cultural management of soilborne pathogens. He is widely sought as […]

January in the News

January 9, 2013

Dr. Lee Hadwiger’s Research Featured in WSU Today and On Solid Ground Dr. Lee Hadwiger, professor of the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU) at Pullman, was recently featured in WSU Today, The Daily Evergreen, and On Solid Ground: http://news.wsu.edu/pages/publications.asp?Action=Detail&PublicationID=34434&TypeID=1. For 47 years, Hadwiger has focused his research on plant-pathogen interactions, especially molecular mechanisms of non-host resistance […]

December in the News

December 1, 2012

Plant Pathology had the biggest contingent of CAHNRS graduate students at this year’s fall commencement A record number of Plant Path PhD graduates were hooded at this year’s fall commencement held on December 8th at Beasley.  Plant Pathology PhD graduates hooded this morning during the commencement (major advisors in parenthesis) From left: Drs. Jeremiah Dung (Drs. Dennis […]

November in the News

November 1, 2012

Faculty Delivers Invited Talk at International Conference Dr. Mark Mazzola delivered the invited address entitled The Development of Biologically-Based Strategies for the Management of Apple Replant Disease at Interpoma 2012, the 8th biennial international congress on apple, in Bolzano, Italy.  He also participated in the update and review of the European Commission CORE Organic II research project BIO-INCROP: Biodiversity […]

October in the News

October 1, 2012

Faculty Featured in Washington State Magazine Ongoing research by Dr. Brenda Schroeder, assistant professor in the department, was featured in the winter 2012 issue of the Washington State Magazine. Dr. Schroeder’s research focus is on bacterial diseases of vegetable crops, with emphasis on the study of pathogenicity and virulence factors by bacterial plant pathogens. She uses traditional […]

September in the News

September 1, 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Brenda Schroeder! Dr. Brenda Schroeder, assistant professor in the department, recently co-authored a review on food safety and plant pathology that just came out in the 2012 Annual Review of Phytopathology (impact factor 10.2). Barak J.D., and B.K. Schroeder. 2012. Interrelationships of Food Safety and Plant Pathology: The Life Cycle of Human […]

August in the News

August 1, 2012

Congratulations to our recent graduates! Congratulations to the following plant pathology graduate students who successfully completed the requirements so far this year (CY 2012) to receive a graduate degree (MS or PhD) in plant pathology from WSU (degree obtained and their major advisor in parentheses): Mr. Segun Akinbade (MS with Dr. Ken Eastwell) Dr. Christie […]

July in the News

July 1, 2012

Faculty Research Featured in WSU Today Research by Dr. Axel Elling, assistant professor in the department, was featured in WSU Today. Keeping potatoes happy and healthy -The next time you eat a baked spud you might want to think of the agricultural scientists who are hard at work trying to help the humble potato deal […]

June in the News

June 1, 2012

Dr. Dennis Johnson –Recipient of the 2012 Kenneth J. Morrison Extension Award in Crop and Soil Sciences Congratulations to Dr. Dennis Johnson, professor in the department, recipient of the 2012 Kenneth J. Morrison Extension Award in Crop and Soil Sciences. The award was established in 1987 for the purpose of recognizing annually an Extension faculty […]

May in the News

May 1, 2012

Dr. Chuck Brown and Dr. Debbie Inglis’ Visit to Neah Bay High School Dr. Chuck Brown (USDA ARS Prosser, Potato Geneticist) and Dr. Debbie Inglis (Professor, Plant Pathology) recently visited biology students at Neah Bay High School, and presented lectures and laboratory exercises on Makah/Ozette potato and common potato diseases. Virus-free cuttings and tubers of […]

April in the News

April 1, 2012

Faculty Invited to Contribute to the APS Education Center The on-line reference source on fungi,  “Introduction to Fungi” by Dr. Lori Carris, associate professor in the department (co-authored by C.R. Little and WSU Plant Pathology alumna C.M. Stiles), The Plant Health Instructor. DOI:10.1094/PHI-I-2012-0426-01 is now available at the APS Education Center: http://www.apsnet.org/edcenter/intropp/PathogenGroups/Pages/IntroFungi.aspx.  The Introduction is […]

March in the News

March 1, 2012

Plant Pathology Faculty Recognized with Awards of Excellence. Dr. Lori M. Carris, associate professor in the department, was the recipient of the 2012 Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction. Dr. Carris was presented with the award by WSU Provost and Executive Vice President,  Dr. Warwick Bayly during the Annual Academic Showcase Banquet on March 30, […]

February in the News

February 1, 2012

Welcome Visiting Scholar Please welcome Fatih Özdemir to the department. Fatih is a researcher at Bahri Dagdas International Agrıcultural Research Institute in Konya, Turkey. He is visiting Dr. Timothy Paulitz and Dr. Xianming Chen for two months, to carry out research on the molecular detection and quantification of Fusarium crown rot and genetic characterization of […]

January in the News

January 1, 2012

Faculty and Graduate Students Present the Latest Research Findings at the Potato Conference The Washington Oregon Potato Conference was held on January 24-26 at the Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, WA. Several members of the our department were in attendance. Dr. Brenda Schroeder, assistant professor, gave a presentation entitled “ Role of Soft Rot Bacteria […]

December in the News

December 1, 2011

Congratulations to our Winter Graduates! Jennifer Niem successfully defended her MS dissertation research and was awarded an MS degree in Plant Pathology. Jennifer’s supervisory committee included Drs. Debra Inglis (chair), Dennis Johnson, and Tim Paulitz (Dr. Axel Elling as a substitute). Jennifer’s dissertation research focused on soilborne potato pathogens. These pathogens respond differently to soil […]

November in the News

November 1, 2011

Faculty Featured in Good Fruit Grower Research by Dr. Ken Eastwell, professor of plant pathology and Director, Clean Plant Center, was featured in Good Fruit Grower.Dr. Eastwell’s program focuses on reducing the economic impact of virus diseases of vegatatively propagated perennial crops including fruit trees, grapevines, hops, and flower crops. This is accomplished by identifying […]

October in the News

October 1, 2011

Faculty Elected Secretary of International Working Group Dr. Hanu Pappu, Professor and Chair, was elected Secretary of the International Working Group on Viruses of Legumes and Vegetables.  Members are from more than 27 Countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America, with research programs based in academia, government or industry and are actively engaged […]

Student Receives ARCS Scholarship

September 10, 2011

Department of Plant Pathology is the latest department in WSU selected to receive the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholarship from the ARCS Foundation-Seattle Chapter. With this, our department joins a select few departments in CAHNRS, College of Science, and College of Veterinary Medicine. This is truly a recognition of our department’s signature graduate […]

September in the News

September 1, 2011

Herbarium Dedication The late, world-renowned mycologist Charles Gardner Shaw served Washington State University for 36 years in the Department of Plant Pathology. On Sept. 10,the university’s mycological herbarium was dedicated in his name. Watch more>> Visit by the Ag Dean from Lebanese University Dr. Tayssir Hamieh, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, […]

August in the News

August 1, 2011

Faculty Receives The William H. Weston Award for Excellence in Teaching Dr. Lori Carris was recognized by the Mycological Society of America with The William H. Weston Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award was presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the Mycological Society of America held in Anchorage, Alaska (Aug. 1-6). The award […]

July in the News

July 1, 2011

WSU Today and On Solid Ground Feature Research conducted by Dr. Ken Eastwell on virus testing was featured in the July 6 edition of On Solid Ground and the July 19 editon of WSU Today.

June in the News

June 1, 2011

Faculty Organized Workshop on Preventing the Spread of Phytophthora ramorum via Water Dr. Gary Chastagner, professor in the department and located at the Puyallup R and E Center, and Dr. Susan Frankel, USDA-Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station organized a two and a half day workshop on preventing the spread of Phytophthora ramorum via water, […]

May in the News

May 1, 2011

Australian Researchers’ visit to the department Dr. Trevor Wicks, Senior Plant Pathologist at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) Plant Research Centre in Adelaide, Australia, and Dr. Simon Anstis, postdoctoral scientist with SARDI, visited Washington State University and the Columbia Basin of central Washington and north-central Oregon the week of 23 May 2011. […]

April in the News

April 1, 2011

Special Seminar by Dr. Chris Pannkuk, Director CAHNRS Office of International Research and Development Dr. Chris Pannkuk, Director, CAHNRS International Research and Development was the invited speaker in the department. He gave a talk, WSU’s International Research and Development: “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”.  Prior to his seminar, a reception was held in honor of Dr. […]

March in the News

March 1, 2011

Student Poster Competition Congratulations to Koya Yakabi, undergraduate student working with Dr. Pat Okubara, Research Geneticist, USDA ARS and adjunct professor in the department.  Koya won 3rd place at the Science & Engineering Undergraduate Poster Competition in the Molecular, Cell, and Chemical Biology category. The event was held on Monday, March 28th in CUB, WSU-Pullman […]

February in the News

February 1, 2011

Faculty Organize the Pacific Northwest Barberry Working Group Meeting The first meeting of the Pacific Northwest Barberry Working Group took place in Spokane, WA February 9-10, 2011. The meeting was hosted by the Washington Grain Alliance and Tim Murray, Xianming Chen, and Diana Roberts from the Washington State University Department of Plant Pathology, USDA-ARS, and WSU-Extension, […]

January in the News

January 1, 2011

Faculty Featured in Special Conference Issue Dr. Axel Elling, Assistant Professor, was featured in an article titled “Ground breaking research aimed at nematode”in the special issue released in connection with the 2nd annual WA-OR Potato Conference New Diagnostician Featured in WSU Today Karen Ward was featured in the January 7 edition of WSU Today as […]

December in the News

December 1, 2010

Plant Pathology Staff Recognized for 20 years of service to WSU Congratulations to Mary Stormo, Program Coordinator in our department.  Mary has been presented with a certificate of appreciation from WSU President Elson Floyd for her 20 years of service to WSU.   Congratulations to our Winter Graduates! Kathleen McKeever completed her MS program under the […]

November in the News

November 1, 2010

Faculty Hosts Federal Regulatory Officials Dr. Prakash Hebbar, National Program Manager in the Emergency & Domestic Programs of  the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Black Stem Rust and Phytophthora ramorum programs, visited the department of plant pathology, Washington State University, Pullman on November 1-2. He gave a seminar on “APHIS-PPQ Black Stem Rust […]

October in the News

October 1, 2010

Faculty Hosts Visitor from Massey University Dr. Debbie Inglis and Babette Gundersen recently hosted Dr. Nick Roskruge at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC.  Nick is of Atiawa ki Taranaki and Ngati Tama-ariki descent, and a potato researcher and senior lecturer in horticulture and Maori resource and environmental management for the Institute of Natural Resources at Massey […]

September in the News

September 1, 2010

Faculty Visits China Dr. Lori M. Carris recently visited China at the invitation of Dr. Xiang Ping Zhao and Mr. Guoming Huang , Director and Deputy Director, respectively, of the Animal, Plant & Foodstuffs Inspection Centre, Tianjin Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.  Tianjin, in northeastern China, is the sixth largest city in China with a […]

August in the News

August 1, 2010

Faculty Receives Fellow Award from the American Phytopathological Society Dr. Tim Murray, professor of plant pathology, was elected Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society (APS). He was recognized at the 2010 annual meeting of the APS held in Charlotte, NC in August. Special Seminars Delivered by International Visitors The department was the destination for several […]

July in the News

July 1, 2010

Carrot Conference The 34th International Carrot Conference took place in Kennewick, WA on 26th-28th July 2010. The conference is a biennial event held in various locations, and attracts people from private industry, government, and universities throughout the world. The 34th International Carrot Conference was attended by ~100 people from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, India, Japan, New Zealand, South […]

June in the News

June 1, 2010

Graduate Student Wins First Place HonorsJeremiah Dung, PhD student with Dr. Dennis Johnson, won first place in the graduate student paper competition held during the annual meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Phytopathological  Society (APS) in Vancouver, BC in June.  The title of his presentation was “Cross-pathogenicity of Verticillium dahliae isolates from skullcap […]

May in the News

May 1, 2010

Faculty elected president of the Pacific Division of American Phytopathological Society Dr. Debbie Inglis, Associate Professor in our department, was elected President of the Pacific Division (PD) of the American Phytopathological Society (APS). The Pacific Division is the largest of all divisions of the APS and her election through on-line ballot/voting by members of the […]

April in the News

April 1, 2010

WSU Today Feature Dr. Jack Rogers was featured in the April 27 edition of WSU Today regarding Cryptococcus gattii, a potentially fatal-disease-causing fungus. Students Receive Awards Dipak Sharma-Poudyal, PhD student working with Dr. Xianming Chen, received second place award for best poster at the fall 2009 Wiley Research Exposition. His poster was on “Prediction models […]

March in the News

March 1, 2010

Dr. Claude Fauquet, Cassava Biotechnologist, visits the Department Dr. Claude Fauquet, director of the International Laboratory for Tropical Agricultural Biotechnology, and member and principal investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri, is one of the world’s leading cassava biotechnologists. He has dedicated his career to cassava improvement and to helping […]

February in the News

February 1, 2010

WSU Today Feature An article highlighting WSU AgWeatherNet, which Dr. Gary Grove is the director, was published in the February 15 edition of WSU Today. This research was also featured in the March 11 edition of On Solid Ground. Dr. Tim Murray Elected Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society Dr. Tim Murray, Professor of Plant […]

January in the News

January 1, 2010

Faculty Presents Research Dr. Dean Glawe gave an invited seminar to the Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, on January 4.  The title of his talk was “256 years of powdery mildew taxonomy: what worked, what didn’t, and what might.”  Squeezing a quarter millennium of research findings into 40 minutes was an interesting […]

December in the News

December 1, 2009

Congratulations to Our Fall Graduates! Olufemi J. Alabi completed his Ph.D. program under the supervision of Dr. Naidu Rayapati. His thesis title is “Studies on epidemiology, molecular detection and genetic diversity of selected viruses infecting cassava and wine grapes.” He is pursuing postdoctoral research in Dr. Rayapati’s lab. Evans Njambere completed his Ph.D. program under […]

November in the News

November 1, 2009

Vice Chancellor from University of Faisalabad, Pakistan’s  Visit to the Department Dr. Iqrar Khan, Vice-Chancellor, University of Faisalabad in Pakistan visited the department on November 30. He held discussions with Dr. Hanu Pappu, Chair on developing scientific linkages between his university and our department. His visit was to commemorate the signing of an MOU between […]

October in the News

October 1, 2009

Faculty Inducted into CAHNRS Hall of Honored Alumni Dr. Debbie Inglis, Associate Professor in our department, was inducted into the CAHNRS Hall of Honored Alumni. Dr. Inglis, a WSU alum, was recognized by CAHNRS Dean, Dr. Dan Bernardo at a special ceremony held on October 10th in Ensminger Pavilion on WSU campus in Pullman. Dr. […]

September in the News

September 1, 2009

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 […]

August in the News

August 1, 2009

Welcome to the Department! Welcome to the 2009 batch of plant pathology graduate students! We are glad to have you and we wish you all the best in your course work and research! Faculty Visits University of Queensland Dr. Hanu Pappu visited University of Queensland, St. Lucia Campus in Brisbane, Australia on August 31 and […]

July in the News

July 1, 2009

Western Governors University Awards Honorary Degree to WSU President Emeritus and Professor of Plant Pathology, Dr. Sam Smith Dr. Samuel H. Smith, President Emeritus of Washington State University and a founding member of the board of Western Governors University was awarded an honorary doctoral degree at WGU’s summer commencement on July 11 in Salt lake […]

June in the News

June 1, 2009

WSU Plant Pathology Department Well Represented At The Fourth International Sudden Oak Death Science Symposium The WSU Department of Plant Pathology and WSU Puyallup were well represented at the recent Fourth International Sudden Oak Death (SOD) Science Symposium, which was held in Santa Cruz, CA on June 15-18, 2009. The Symposium included 57 presentations and […]

May in the News

May 1, 2009

Faculty Visits Graduate in Cairo Dr. Hanu Pappu, Department Chair, recently visited the US Naval Medical Research Unit of the US Department of Defense in Cairo, Egypt and met with Lieutenant Commander, Dr. Guillermo Pimentel and his group. Dr. Pimentel is the Deputy Head of the Disease Surveillance Unit at NAMRU.  He obtained his PhD […]

April in the News

April 1, 2009

Faculty Attends Plant Virus Ecology Network Workshop Dr. Hanu Pappu attended the second workshop of the Plant Virus Ecology Network (PVEN). The workshop was sponsored by the US National Science Foundation and hosted by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in Ca’ Tron di Roncade, Italy, April 21-23, 2009.  The workshop, organized […]

March in the News

March 1, 2009

UDSA-ARS News Feature Reseach conducted by Drs. Pat Okubara and Ekaterini Riga was reported by the USDA, Agricultural Research Service on March 30. Faculty honored with International IPM Excellence AwardDr. Naidu Rayapati, a member of the Integrated Pest Management Collaborative Research Support Program (IPM CRSP) funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development at Virginia […]

February in the News

February 1, 2009

Integrated Plant Sciences Retreat Nathalie Walter, Biological Sciences Technician in the laboratory of Dr. Pat Okubara, wins Best Poster by a Research Staff at the 2009 Integrated Plant Sciences Retreat held February 21, 2009. Lacey Hulbert, sophomore ag communications major, working part-time with Dr. Pat Okubara and Dr. Lindsey du Toit also presented a poster. […]

January in the News

January 1, 2009

Student Selected as APS Student Education Fellow Olufemi J. Alabi, graduate student of Dr. Naidu Rayapati, has been selected as an “APS Student Education Fellow” by the American Phytopathological Society Committee on the Future of Plant Pathology Education to attend a national summit on “The Future of Education in Plant Pathology and Related Disciplines” to […]

December in the News

December 1, 2008

Student Featured in Phytopathology News Dipak Sharma Poudyal, PhD student in our department was featured in the January issue of the Phytopathology News, reflecting his thoughts on what attracted him to graduate study in plant pathology. Dipak is pursuing his PhD under Dr. Xianming Chen’s supervision. For full story, click here. UBI Health News Feature […]

November in the News

November 1, 2008

Visitor from National Research Center for Grapes Dr. Sanjay D. Sawant, Principal Scientist (Plant Pathology), National Research Center for Grapes, Pune, India, visited Dr. Naidu Rayapati’s lab at Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, Prosser, for a period of four weeks beginning October 13, 2008, to gain hands-on experience in field- and lab-based diagnosis of […]

October in the News

October 1, 2008

Nematology Workshop In the end of October, 2008, a Nematology workshop was organized in WSU-IAREC Prosser by Ekaterini Riga. The workshop consisted of two sessions. The morning session speakers, Dennis Johnson (WSU-Pullman), Phil Hamm (OSU), and Hassan Mojtahedi (USDA-ARS, Prosser) addressed biology and control methods of plant parasitic nematodes of main economic importance of PNW […]

September in the News

September 1, 2008

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 […]

August in the News

August 1, 2008

Farewell to Martin Chilvers On August 29 the department said farewell to Martin Chilvers, Research Associate with Dr. Tobin Peever. Thank you Martin for all your hard work and best of luck to you in the future! More photos, click here.   Festschrift in Honor of Jack Rogers The online mycology journal North American Fungi […]

July in the News

July 1, 2008

Faculty Book Signing at APS Centennial Meeting Dr. Frank Dugan, Research Plant Pathologist and Adjunct Professor of Plant Pathology, and the author of “Fungi in the Ancient World: How Mushrooms, Mildews, Molds, and Yeast Shaped the Early Civilizations of Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East” published by the APS Press, was part of t […]

June in the News

June 1, 2008

Statewide Faculty Meeting: Plant Pathology faculty from across the state gathered in Richland, Washington, for the biennial statewide faculty meeting and research exposition on June 18 and 19. This is an opportunity to meet in person and discuss the department’s teaching, research, and extension programs. The Research Exposition is an informal social event designed around […]

May in the News

May 1, 2008

Invited Guest Speaker at Sixth Annual Plant Pathology Departmental Retreat at Iowa State University Dr. Lindsey du Toit was one of two invited speakers at the Sixth Annual Plant Pathology Departmental Retreat at Iowa State University, held at McFarland Park in Ames, IA on May 30th, 2008. Lindsey’s presentation was titled “Seeds Sown & Harvests Reaped: […]

April in the News

April 1, 2008

First Palouse Truffle Foray On April 27, approximately 35 participants joined special guest and truffle expert Dr. Jim Trappe on the very first Palouse Truffle Foray.  Although no truffles were found, probably due to the time of year and weather, participants learned how to find truffles and where to look.  And as an added bonus, […]

March in the News

March 1, 2008

WSU Showcase WSU Showcase was held Friday, March 28, where department research was on display. View photos. Upcoming Extension Workshop Workshop entitle Nematode identification – with emphasis on Free Living Nematodes (microscopes and keys for Nematode Identification will be used) will be held on May 14th, 11 am to 4:00pm, WSU-IAREC, Prosser. Seminar as part […]

February in the News

February 1, 2008

Plant Pathology Undergraduates Participate in Molecular Plant Sciences Retreat Philip Hagihara, a senior majoring in Genetics and Cell Biology, and Joseph Hulbert, a junior majoring in Forestry, presented research posters at the Intregrated Molecular Plant Sciences Retreat on February 16, 2008.  Phil Hagihara studied the transmission of Pythium tolerance in a novel Rhizoctonia-tolerant wheat plant […]

January in the News

January 1, 2008

Capital Press: West’s Ag Website Feature Dr. Debra Inglis is featured on the Capital Press: West’s Ag Website in an article entitled “Vegetable plant pathologist minds her peas.“ Upcoming California Garlic and Onion Symposium An article in California Farmer about the upcoming California Garlic and Onion Symposium to be held in Tulare, CA will include […]

December in the News

December 1, 2007

Congratulations Graduate! Jaime Cummings completed her MS degree in the WSU Department of Plant Pathology in December 2007. Jaime’s thesis project, titled ‘Evaluation of seed and drench treatments for management of damping-off and seedling blight pathogens of spinach for organic production”, was completed in Lindsey du Toit‘s program in vegetable seed pathology at the WSU […]

November in the News

November 1, 2007

Washington State Magazine Feature Dr. Jack Rogers and Dr. Lori Carris are featured in the Winter 2007-08 edition of Washigton State Magazine. Three articles were published, “Into the Woods“, The Dark Side of Fungi” and “The Fungal Files” describing the hunt for fungi, the dangers of fungi and the fungi collection at the WSU’s Mycology […]

October in the News

October 1, 2007

Mushroom Foray! The Palouse Mycological Association (PMA) will hold a weekend foray at the Indian Creek Campground (http://www.idahoparks.org/), Priest Lake, Idaho on October 12-14.  A limited number of heated cabins, each sleeping 5-6 people are available, and must be reserved in advance.  We have already reserved two cabins for the foray.  Tent and RV camping […]

September in the News

September 1, 2007

Faculty Featured in WSU Advertisement in Chronicle of Higher Education Washington State University has a full-page advertisement in the Friday, September 28 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The ad appears on the inside-front cover of the Chronicle’s Second Annual Diversity in Academe insert. Dr. Lori Carris is featured in this advertisment along with […]

August in the News

August 1, 2007

Summer Graduate: Congratulations to Vihanga Pahalawata, who completed her Ph.D. program with major professor Dr. Hanu Pappu. Faculty Travel: Lindsey du Toit was invited by the New Zealand Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) to give several presentations at the annual FAR International Conference in Christchurch, New Zealand on 24th-26th July 2007. Lindsey spoke on two […]

July in the News

July 1, 2007

Visiting Scientist: Dr. Charles Barnes, Cereal Rust Lab at the University of Minnesota, visited the department for two weeks in July, hosted by Dr. Scot Hulbert.  He worked on protocols for isolating live haustorial cells from stem and stripe rust fungi with Dr. Chuntao Yin, postdoc in the Hulbert lab. Dr. Barnes also presented a […]

June in the News

June 1, 2007

Farm Dedication: The Cunningham Farm has been renamed The Washington State University Cook Agronomy Farm in honor of R. James Cook. Cook’s career has spanned 40 years on the WSU campus. Follow the link to ready the full story on WSU Today Online. Student Award: Leigh Ann Harrison has been awarded a $6,000 fellowship from the […]

May in the News

May 1, 2007

On Solid Ground Feature: Research on onion storage rot conducted by Dr. Brenda Schroeder is featured in the May 30 issue of CAHNR’s On Solid Ground. Student Speaker: Jared Isaac will be the special commencement speaker at his alma mater, Southern State Community College. Follow the link to read the press release. Dr. Jack Schafer […]

April in the News

April 1, 2007

Student Awards: Two graduate students, Olufemi Alabi and Sridhar Jarugula, working under the direction of Dr. Naidu Rayapati, received the Jean Thornton Ferguson Graduate Fellowship in Viticulture & Enology from the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences in recognition of their “scholastic achievements, leadership, and future promise” in addressing virus diseases of the […]

March in the News

March 1, 2007

On Solid Ground Feature: AgWeatherNet is highlighted in the March 21, 2007, issue of CAHNRS’ On Solid Ground with a feature, “Decisions, Decisions–Just Got a Little Easier (And More Accurate).” A wireless network of 120 weather stations distributed throughout the state is analyzing near real-time data to aid growers in pest and disease-control decisions. Dr. […]

February in the News

February 1, 2007

Students Present Research: Three students participated in the Wiley Exposition displaying posters highlighting their research: Femi Alabi, Donna Henderson, and Amo Segwagwe. Each student also presented a brief oral overview of the project to judges. Award winners will be announced later this semester. The annual Wiley Exposition of Graduate and Professional Studies provides graduate and […]

January in the News

January 1, 2007

Research Featured: Dr. Chang-Lin Xiao’s research on reducing post-harvest rots in apples and pears was recently featured in the January 10, 2007, issue of CAHNRS’ On Solid Ground. The discovery and control of new pathogens is highlighted. Hanu Pappu and his collaborators’ work on Iris yellow spot virus will be featured as ‘Image of the […]

December in the News

December 1, 2006

Congratulations Graduates!: Six students completed their degrees this semester: Raul Allende-Molar, PhD, major professor Dr. Dave Weller; Eric Eulenberg, MS, major professors Drs. Lori Carris and Gary Grove; John Goetz, MS, major professor Dr. Jack Rogers; Leigh Ann Harrison, MS, major professor Dr. Tim Murray; Hui Hou, MS, major professor Dr. Ken Eastwell; Guiping Yan, […]

November in the News

November 1, 2006

Faculty Travel: Dr. Lindsey du Toit was an invited participant in the 2006 annual meeting of the British Leafy Salad Association, held on November 22 in Peterborough, England. Dr. du Toit presented “Spinach spoilers: Some foliar diseases of economic significance.” During the week she had several meetings with seed company personnel, consultants, plant breeders, plant […]

October in the News

October 1, 2006

Visitor: Graduate students enrolled in Viruses and Virus Diseases of Plants, Pl P 511, met with Dr. Bill Dawson, Professor of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, Lake Alfred, Florida. The students attended Dr. Dawson’s seminar at University of Idaho on October 26, 2006.  Dr. Dawson later visited Dr. Hanu Pappu’s laboratory and held discussions. On […]

September in the News

September 1, 2006

Alum Visits: Dr. Pat Lipps and his wife Amanda recently visited the Department of Plant Pathology on a trip to visit their son in Seattle. Pat received his Ph.D. in 1979 under the direction of Dr. G.W. Bruehl and had not been back to WSU since leaving for a position with the Ohio State University […]

August in the News

August 1, 2006

Back to School Picnic: Our annual fall picnic was held at Sunnyside Park, hosted by Fun Committee members Hanu Pappu, Brenda Schroeder, Leigh Ann Harrison, Femi Alabi, and Martin Chilvers. Travel Log: Dr. Hanu Pappu was in Chile and Peru during the week of April 25, 2006. He was invited to visit the Virology and […]

July in the News

July 1, 2006

Visitors: Mr. Shun-ichi Kubota, entomologist with the Sumitomo Chemical Corporation of Japan, visited the department to see Zenta Nishio, who is researching snow mold disease of wheat with Dr. Tim Murray. Mr. Kubota was Mr. Nishio’s classmate at the Department of Agriculture, University of Tokyo. Also pictured, Mayuko Nishio, who has joined her spouse for […]

June in the News

June 1, 2006

Statewide Faculty Meeting: Plant Pathology faculty from across the state gathered in Leavenworth, Washington, for the biennial statewide faculty meeting and research exposition. This is an opportunity to meet in person and discuss the department’s teaching, research, and extension programs. The Research Exposition is an informal social event designed around posters highlighting current research activities, […]

May in the News

May 1, 2006

May in the News Faculty Member Supports Koppel Farm Dr. Tim Paulitz was recently featured in an article in the Daily Evergreen on his work with the Koppel Farm. The Pullman Community Gardens is a non-profit group that offers garden plots at Koppel Farms for members of the community. There are approximately 100 plots, mostly […]

April in the News

April 1, 2006

New Facility at WWREC Puyallup: A new biocontainment facility for use in conducting research on plant pathogens, specifically, Sudden Oak Death, Phytophthora ramorum, was officially opened on April 25 at the WSU Puyallup Western Washington Research and Extension Center. First identified in California in 2000 after killing thousands of trees, Sudden Oak Death is a […]

March in the News

March 1, 2006

Meetings and Travel: Lindsey du Toit was invited to give a presentation titled, “IYSV of onions: What is it? Where is it?” at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Muck Vegetable Growers’ Association in Bradford, Ontario, Canada, on March 22-23. Mushroom Feast: The Palouse Mycological Association (PMA) held its mushroom feast at the New Garden […]

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