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Seminar Series

NOTICE:  Fall semester 2021 PLP 515 will be available in person in Johnson Hall RM 343 and through ZOOM, it can be viewed Monday afternoon at 4:10 pm .  Please see link below.

Meeting ID: 947 6362 1072

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FALL 21 Schedule

August 30, 2021

Guest Speaker: Dr. Deven See-USDA-ARS  Faculty

Topic: “Our research during the pandemic; a look at adaptation, pathology and molecular markers.”

Announcement See 8.30.21


September 6, 2021


September 13, 2021

Guest Speaker: Dr. Wei Wei, Postdoc Research Associate Plant Pathology

Topic: “A novel fungal effector inactivates plant polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein (PGIP)”

Announcement Wei Wei 9.13.21


September 20, 2021

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Christina Hagerty, Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center, Oregon State University

Topic: “Pathogen-roundup: Updates from the Pendleton cereal pathology program”

Announcement Hagerty 9.20.21


September 27, 2021

Samodaya K. Jaysinghe-PhD Student Plant Pathology

Topic: “Studying unculturable plant pathogens-Challenges and novel approaches”

Announcement Jayasinghe 9.27.21

October 4,  2021

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Michelle Moyer-Washington State University-IAREC

Topic: “Playing the Long game with nematode management in wine grapes”

Announcement Moyer 10.4.21


October 11, 2021

Dr. Natalia Moroz , Research Associate, WSU

Topic: “Potato immunostimulants alleviate powdery scab disease”

Announcement Moroz 10.11.21

October 18, 2021

Dr. Mary Burrows, Montana State University

Topic: “Cat herding: perspectives from extension, research, and administration.”

Announcement Burrows 10.18.21

October 25, 2021

Amber Loptien, Masters Student Plant Pathology

Topic: ” An Explanation of Cross-Kingdom Phytopathogens”

Announcement Loptien 10.25.21

November 1, 2021

Noah Patrick Nilson, Masters Student Plant Pathology

Topic: “Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their inter

November 8, 2021

Jonathan Thomas Puglisi, Masters Student Plant Pathology

Topic: “Little Cherry Disease”

November 15, 2021

Natalie Sanchez, Masters Student Plant Pathology

Topic: “Plant Growth Promoting  Bacteria on Chickpea”

November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving Break-NO SEMINAR

November 29, 2021

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ned Klopfenstein, US Forest Service and Patrick Bennett, US Forest Service

Dr. Ned Klopfenstein —Topic:   “Forest pathology research with the USDA Forest Service in Moscow, Idaho”

Dr. Patrick Bennett– Topic:  “Insights into the epidemiology of an insect-vectored root disease fungus causing mortality of Douglas-fir in western Oregon”


December 6, 2021

Scot Anderson, PhD Student Plant Pathology

Topic: “Powdery mildew on Cannabis and it’s cross-reactivity with hops in the PNW”

December 13, 2021

Dr. Evans Njambere, Gowan Company

Topic: “Thinking about biologicals for crop protection: An industry insider’s perspective.”

Spring 21 Schedule

January 18, 2021


January 25, 2021

Dr. Aida Damaso-Duarte, Post-doctoral Fellow

Topic:  “Seed gall nematodes, Afrina sporoboliae and Anguina tritici, a notable species in U.S.”

Announcement _Aida Duarte_Jan 25-2021 (1)

February 1, 2021

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Rubén Félix Gastélum, Professor, Departamento de Ciencias Naturales y Exactas, Unidad Regional Los Mochis-UAdeO, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México. 

Topic: “Potato diseases in Sinaloa, Mexico”

Announcement Dr. Ruben 2.1.21

February 8, 2021

Guest Speaker : Dr. Thien Tho, Plant Pathology Lead Scientist, Driscoll Company, Watsonville, CA

Topic: “Diagnostic Re-thinking: Development and deployment of new molecular testing for berry pathogens”

Announcement Thien-Ho Feb 8-2021

February 19, 2021

Ninh Kkuu, MS Student (Exit Seminar)

Topic:  “Titer and Distribution of Hop Stunt Viroid and Hop Laten Viroid Infecting Hops”

February 22, 2021

Elliott Marston, PhD Student

Topic: “Using Transciptomics to investigate plant pathlogen interations: revealing dynamic mechanisms of resisitance and subceptibility”

Announcement Marston 2.22.20

February 23. 2021

Lederson Ganan Betancur, PhD Student (Exit Seminar)

Topic: “Insights into the genetic diversity population structure, and fungicide sensitivity of the apple powedery mildew pathogen Podosphaera leucotricha in the United States”

Announcement Lederson 2.23.21

March 1, 2021(RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 15, 2021)

Guest Speaker : Dr. Yazmin Rivera, Assistant Director, Plant Germplasm and Quarantine Lab, USDA APHIS, Beltsville, MD

Topic: “Adapting new technologies for the molecular diagnostics of high consequence and regulartory plant pathogens”

Announcemenet Yazmín Rivera 3.1.21

March 8, 2021

Chiti Agarwal, PhD Student (Exit Seminar)

Topic: “Characterizing Sources of Genetic Resistance in Chickpea to Pre-emergence damping-off disease caused by metalaxyl reisistant Pythium ultimun”

Annoucement Chiti Agarwal_Mar8-2021

March 15, 2021

Dr. Yazmin Rivera, Assistant Laboratory Director, USDA APHIS PPQ

Topic: “Adapting new technologies for the molecular diagnostics of high consequence and regulatory plant pathogens:

PLP Seminar_Yazmín Rivera_Mar15-2021

March 22, 2021

Alex Batson, PhD Student

Topic: What’s in a name? The need for coherent taxonomic and nomenclatural standards for plant pathogens

Announcement Batson, Alex 3.22.21

March 29, 2021

Christine “Jade” Ermita, PhD Student (Exit Seminar)

Topic: “Wheat Genotype-Specific Recruitment of Rhizosphere Microbiomes that are suppresive to Rhizoctonia Root Rot”

Annoucement Ermita 3.29.21

April 5,2021

Marilen Nampijja, PhD Student

Topic: “Bioluminescent fungi. a source of genes to monitor plant stresses and changes in the environment”

Announcement Nampijja 4.5.21

April 12, 2021

Guest Speaker: Dr. Bob Blanchette, Professor, University of Minnesota

Topic: Wood Decay Fungi: Ethnomycology and New Insights oon Decomposition

Announcement Blanchette 4.12.21

April 19, 2021
Lauren Braley (Exit Seminar)

Topic: “Development of Comprehensive Molecular Detection of Potato Pathogens”

Announcement Braley 4.19.21

April 26, 2021
Joey Hulbert-Post Doctoral Research Associate

Topic: “Forest Health-community engagement to keep trees healthy”

Announcement Hulbert 4.26.21