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Seminar Series

Unless otherwise listed, seminar is held Monday afternoon at 4:10 pm in Johnson Hall 343 during the academic semester. ZOOM dial up is 221-939-350; if you experience problems, please call the trouble line at (509-335-5044)

Fall 2019 Schedule

August 26, 2019

Dr. Amer Dababat, CIMMYT Global Wheat Program, Ankara-Turkey

“Management strategies against the Soil Borne Pathogens in wheat”

Announcement 8.26.19

September 2, 2019

No Seminar LABOR DAY

September 9, 2019

Melissa Kay LeTourneau

“Moisture-dependent Mechanisms of Iron Mobilization”

Announcement 9.9.19

September 16, 2019

Chandra Jack

“Rapid Evolution and novel interactions in Medicago polymorpha”

Announcement 9.16.19

September 23, 2019

Dr. Richard Allen White III

“Unraveling rhizosphere phage-microbe interactions using metagenomics”

Announcement 9.23.19

September 30, 2019

Guest: Dr. Linda Kinkel, University of Minnesota

Announcement 9.30.19

October 7, 2019

Guest: Dr. Shinyi Marzano, South Dakota State University

Annoucement 10.7.19

October 14, 2019

Ninh Khuu– “Host-directed evolution of viroids   & Emily McLachlan– “Impact and Maintenance of Specialist Strategies in the Legume-Rhizobia Mutualism”

Announcement 10.14.19 Khuu,Ninh

Announcement 10.14.19 Mclachlan, Emily


October 21, 2019

Olga Kozhar “Ecology and population biology of Botrytis cinerea on Red Raspberry and other small fruit hosts in the Pacific Northwest.”

Announcement 10.21.19

October 28, 2019

Nickisha Pierre-Pierre —“Characterization of Galacturonic Acid Catabolic Genes in Sclerotinia sclerotiorum

Sajal Sthapit—“Gene pyramiding and cultivar mixtures for disease management”

Announcement 10.28.19 Pierre-Pierre

Announcement 10.28.19 Sthapit

November 4, 2019

Scott Anderson—“What fossils reveal about parasitism in the phylum Nematoda”

Announcement Anderson 11.4.19

Richard Manasseh–“Arms Race: Ongoing Conflict between Potato and Viruses”

Announcement Manasseh 11.4.19

November 11, 2019


November 18, 2019

Lederson Ganan–“Fungicide resistance, a continuous threat to plant and human health”-

Announcement Ganan 11.18.19

Kayla Spawton –“Phylogeography: history, applications and constraints”

Announcement Spawton 11.18.19


November 25, 2019


December 2, 2019

Elliott Martson—“Host-induce gene Silencing in cereals:transgenetically engineering immune responses”

Announcement 12.2.19 Martson

Samoyda Jayasinghe–“Mechanisms behind Biochar-Mediated Disease Suppression”

Announcement 12.2.19 Jayasinghe



Summer 2019 Schedule

June 26th, 2019 – 10:30AM

Dr. Gitta Coaker,Professor,Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis
“The battle between bacterial pathogens and their plant hosts”

Annoucement-6.26.19 (pdf)

June 6, 2019 – 9:30 AM (AMS 774951)

Alex M. Batson, Graduate Student, MS, Exit Seminar
Announcement 6.6.19 (pdf)


Spring 2019 Schedule

April 22, 2019

Todd M. DeZwaan, LemnaTec Corporation
“Computer Vision Solutions for Agriculture’s Grand Challenges”
Announcement 4.22.19 (pdf)

April 16, 2019 – 11 AM (AMS 774951)

Moying Wang, Graduate Student, MS, Exit Seminar
“Characterization of Metalaxyl-resistant Pythium ultimum from Chickpea Fields in the US Pacific Northwest”
Announcement 4.16.19 (pdf)

April 15, 2019

Jonathan Eagle, Graduate Student, PhD
“Improving Cavendish Banana Resistance to Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race 4 (TR4) via Transgenics and an Integrated Agricultural Approach”
Announcement 4.15.19 (pdf)

April 8, 2019

Dr. James Woodhall, Assistant Professor, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology, U of Idaho, Parma Research and Extension Center
“Predictive Diagnostics for Plant Diseases in the Pacific Northwest”
Announcement 4.8.19 (pdf)

April 1, 2019

Dr. Pat Okubara, USDA ARS Research Geneticist (Plants), Adjunct Faculty WSU Plant Pathology, Pullman, Washington
“Cereal-Root Pathogen Interactions—from Trait to Field and Back”
Announcement 4.1.19 (pdf)

March 25, 2019

Ryan K. Solemslie, Graduate Student, MS
“Triazole Fungicides: The Implications of Fungal Resistance in Agriculture and Human Medicine”
Announcement 3.25.19 (pdf)

March 18, 2019

Sajal Sthapit, Graduate Student, PhD
“Inter lineage gene flow in Magnaporthe oryzae
Announcement 3.18.19 (pdf)

March 11, 2019

Spring Break – No Seminar

March 4, 2019

Qing Bai, Graduate Student, PhD
“Population Genetics Analyses of the Emerging Plant Pathogen Phytophthora ramorum in North America”
Announcement 3.4.19 (pdf)

February 25, 2019

Dr. Louise-Marie Dandurand, Research Associate Professor, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology, University of Idaho
“Status of Globodera pallida in Idaho —Challenges and Successes”
Announcement 2.25.19 (pdf)

February 18, 2019

President’s Day Class Holiday – No Seminar

February 11, 2019

Dr. Zhen (Daisy) Fu, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Entomology, WSU
“Genomic approaches to understanding vector biology”
Announcement 2.11.19 (pdf)

February 4, 2019

Dr. David Gang, Professor, WSU Institute of Biological Chemistry and Director of the Tissue Imaging and Proteomics Laboratory
“Culturing the unculturable: Progress in the fight against Citrus Greening Disease (Huanglongbing)”
Announcement 2.4.19 (pdf)

January 28, 2019

Dr. Sindhuja Sankaran, Assistant Professor, Biological Systems Engineering, WSU
“Phenotyping crop diseases using advanced sensing technologies”
Announcement 1.28.19 (pdf)

January 21, 2019

All University Holiday – No Seminar

January 14, 2019

Cristian Andrés Olaya Arias, Graduate Student, PhD, Exit Seminar
Announcement 1.14.19 (pdf)

January 7, 2019

Organizational Meeting – All enrolled students



Fall 2018 Schedule

December 3, 2018

Christina H. Hagerty, Assistant Professor of Cereal Pathology, Oregon State University – CBARC Pendleton
“Developing a dynamic soilborne pathogen research program for Columbia Basin dryland wheat production”
Announcement 12-3-18 (pdf)

November 26, 2018

Shimul Das, Graduate Student, PhD
“Ecological Factors Affecting Survival and Pathogenicity of Ralstonia solanacearum
Announcement 11-26-18 (pdf)

November 19, 2018

University Holiday – No Seminar

November 14, 2018 – 11 am

Jeremiah Dung, Assistant Professor, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University, Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Madras, OR
“Population Biology and IPM of Ergot in Cool-Season Grass Seed Crops”
Announcement 11-14-18 (pdf)

November 13, 2018 – 8 am

David Linnard Wheeler, Graduate Student, PhD, Exit Seminar
Announcement 11-13-18 (pdf)

November 12, 2018

University Holiday – No Seminar

November 5, 2018

Michelle M. Moyer, Associate Professor/Extension Viticulturist, Department of Horticulture, WSU
“Realizing the Role of People in Grape Disease Management”
Announcement 11-5-18 (pdf)

November 1, 2018 – 9:10 am

Lu Liu, Graduate Student, PhD, Exit Seminar
“Molecular mapping and characterization of stripe rust resistance genes in important winter wheat cultivars in the U.S. Pacific Northwest”
Announcement 11-1-18 (pdf)

October 29, 2018

Barry Pryor, Ph.D., Professor, School of Plant Sciences, The University of Arizona
“Optimizing specialty mushroom production: impacts of substrate and LED lighting on bioefficiency and quality”
Announcement 10-29-18 (pdf)

October 22, 2018

Mohammad Mahfuzur Rahman, Graduate Student, PhD
“Global emergence of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (Foc) tropical race 4”
Announcement 10-22-18 (pdf)

October 15, 2018

David Enicks, Graduate Student, MS
“Fire Blight of Pome Fruit: The Importance of Host Resistance”
Announcement 10-15-18 (pdf)

October 8, 2018

Emmi Klarer, Graduate Student, MS
“Sudden Oak Death: Predicting resistance to Phytophthora ramorum in natural populations”
Announcement 10-8-18 (pdf)

October 1, 2018

Kaitlin (Miller) Hadaway, Graduate Student, MS
“Environmental and Host Effects on Hop Downy Mildew”
Announcement 10-1-18 (pdf)

September 24, 2018

Dr.  Deven See, Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS and Adjunct Faculty WSU Plant Pathology
“Developing Tools for Cereal Selection”
Announcement 9-24-18 (pdf)

September 17, 2018

Dr.  Mysore Sudarshana, USDA ARS Research Plant Pathologist, University of California – Davis
“Grapevine red blotch disease: Biology and impact on wine grape production in California”
Announcement 9-17-18 (pdf)

September 10, 2018

Christine “Jade” Ermita, Graduate Student, PhD
“Genome-wide Association Analysis Tracks Bacterial Leaf Blight Resistance Loci in Rice Diverse Germplasm”
Announcement 9-10-18 (pdf)

September 3 , 2018

University Holiday – No Seminar

August 31, 2018

Raphael Olayemi Adegbola, Graduate Student, PhD, Exit Seminar
Announcement 8-31-18 (pdf)

August 27, 2018

Alex Batson, Graduate Student, MS
“Clues about the evolution of mycoheterotrophy through the lens of Dutchman’s pipe (Monotropa hypopitys)
Announcement 8-27-18 (pdf)

August 20, 2018

Shawn Ringo and Levi O’Loughlin, WSU Environmental Health & Safety and the Office of Research
Training session on chemical storage and biological and chemical waste disposal protocols.



Summer 2018 Schedule

July 23, 2018 – 1:10 pm

Chongjin Xia, Graduate Student, PhD, Exit Seminar
“Genomic sequencing of selected races and a sexual population for identification and molecular mapping of avirulence genes and understanding the evolution of Puccinia striiformis
Announcement 7-23-18 (pdf)

June 6, 2018

Gretchen Marie Freen, Graduate Student, PhD, Exit Seminar
Announcement 6-6-18 (pdf)

June 6, 2018

Gretchen Marie Freen, Graduate Student, PhD, Exit Seminar
Announcement 6-6-18 (pdf)


Spring 2018 Schedule

April 23, 2018

Yuxiang Li, Graduate Student, PhD
“Cloning avirulence genes of the wheat stem rust pathogen (Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici) through genome sequencing”
Announcement 4-23-18 (pdf)

April 20, 2018

Xuefei Wang, Graduate Student, PhD, Exit Seminar
“Population Dynamics and Activities of Native Yeasts in Washington State Vineyards and during Alcoholic Fermentation”
Announcement 4-20-18 (pdf)

April 16, 2018

Dr. Paul A. Rowley, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Idaho, Moscow
“The Frenemies Within: How Viruses Can Help Fight Pathogenic Fungi”
Announcement 4-16-18 (pdf)

April 9, 2018

Dr. Marc A. Cubeta, Professor, Plant Disease Ecology and Soil Mycology Associate Director, Center For Integrated Fungal Research, Plant Disease Ecology, Fungal Genetics and Population Biology, North Carolina State University, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
“Disease ecology and population biology  of  Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi
Announcement 4-9-18 (pdf)

April 3, 2018

Likun Wang, Graduate Student, PhD, Exit Seminar
“Integration of Rootstock Genotype and Brassicaceous Seed Meal Amendment for Enhanced Orchard System Resilience”
Announcement 4-3-18 (pdf)

April 2, 2018

Joseph DeShields, Graduate Student, MS, Exit Seminar
“Improvement of On-Site, Molecular Detection of Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea and other Soilborne Pathogens of Potato
Announcement 4-2-18 (pdf)

March 26, 2018

Dr. Rusty Rodriguez, CEO, and Dr. Regina Redman, President, Symbiogenics, Seattle, WA – Annual Student-Invited Speakers
“Programing Plants for Abiotic and Biotic Stress Tolerance and Improved Nutrition through Symbiogenics”
Announcement 3-26-18 (pdf)

March 19, 2018

Arunabha Mitra, Graduate Student, PhD
“Chemosensitization: A Strategy to Overcome Fungicide Resistance”
Announcement 3-19-18 (pdf)

March 12, 2018

No Seminar – Spring Break Holiday

March 5, 2018

Dr. Emran Ali, Research Associate with Dr. Achour Amiri
“Shedding light on resistance development in Penicillium expansum and Botrytis cinerea from pome fruit and potential role of low temperatures”

Dr. Jennifer Han, Research Associate with Dr. Lori Carris
“Using Beneficial Fungi to Improve Honey Bee Colony Health”

3-5-18 Announcement (pdf)

February 26, 2018

Christine “Jade” Ermita, Graduate Student, PhD
“From Wheat to Rice:  Expanding the Lr34-mediated Multi-Pathogen Resistance Among Cereals”

2-26-18 Announcement (pdf)

February 19, 2018

No Seminar – President’s Day

February 12, 2018

Dr. Kanokporn Triwitayakorn, Visiting Fulbright Scholar with Dr. Deven See, Institute of Molecular Biosciences, Mahidol University, Thailand
“Genomic-Assisted Approaches for Cassava Breeding Program in Thailand”

Dr. Wei Wei, Research Associate with Dr. Weidong Chen
“A small peptide secreted by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum specifically interacts with plant polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein (PGIP)”

2-12-18 Announcement (pdf)

February 5, 2018

Dr. Chandra Jack, Research Associate with Dr. Maren Friesen
“Evolution of inducible chemical defense during the biological invasion of Burr Clover into North America”

Dr. Lydia Tymon, Research Associate, WSU Mount Vernon
“A novel pathovar of Pseudomonas syringae causing unique symptoms on cucurbit fruit in the Skagit Valley, WA”

2-5-18 Announcement (pdf)

January 29, 2018

Dr. Tim Paulitz, USDA ARS Research Plant Pathologist, Adjunct Faculty WSU Plant Pathology
“Glyphosate and Soil Microbial Communities:  Fake News vs Facts”
1-29-18 Announcement (pdf)

January 22, 2018

Dr. Xianming Chen, USDA ARS Research Plant Pathologist, Adjunct Faculty WSU Plant Pathology
“Biology, Genetics, Functional Genomics, Evolution, and Epidemics Caused by the Stripe Rust Pathogen”
1-22-18 Announcement (pdf)

January 8, 2018

Organizational Meeting – All enrolled students
Meeting with Dr. Scot Hulbert and Dr. Tobin Peever – All graduate students


Fall 2017 Schedule

December 4, 2017

Dr. Roy Navarre, Research Geneticist USDA ARS,  Prosser, WA; Adjunct Professor WSU Plant Pathology
“Potato Small Molecules: Role in Plant and Human Health”
12-4-17 Announcement (pdf)

November 28, 2017

10:10 am, 326 Johnson Hall, AMS TBA

Dr. Fatih Ozdemir, Bahri Dağdaş International Agricultural Research Institute Director and IWWIP Coordinator for Turkey
“International Winter Wheat Improvement Program in Turkey – Developing Germplasm for the World”
11-28-2017 Announcement (pdf)

November 27, 2017

Joseph DeShields, Graduate Student, MS
“Zebra Chip Disease and Physiological Changes of Potato in Response to ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ Infection”
11-27-2017 Announcement (pdf)

November 20, 2017

No Seminar

November 13, 2017

Andrea Rys Garfinkel, Graduate Student, PhD, Exit Seminar
11-13-2017 Announcement (pdf)

November 6, 2017

No Seminar

October 30, 2017

Mohammad Mahfuzur Rahman, Graduate Student, PhD
“Wheat Blast: an emerging threat to wheat production worldwide”
10-30-2017 Announcement (pdf)

October 23, 2017

Dr. Dave Crowder, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, WSU
“Untangling the epidemiological web in pea crops of the Palouse”
10-23-2017 Announcement (pdf)

October 19, 2017  Thursday, 11:10 am, AMS 771249, 326 Johnson Hall

Brett Younginger, Ph.D. Candidate, Portland State University, Department of Biology
“Microfungi of the Pacific Northwest: New Discoveries in Non-Traditional Plant Lineages”
10-19-2017 Announcement (pdf)

October 16, 2017

Shimul Das, Graduate Student, PhD
“Direct and indirect impacts of the root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne graminicola) on rice”
10-16-2017 Announcement (pdf)

October 9, 2017

Dr. Nina Zidack, Director, Montana Seed Potato Certification Program, Montana State University
“Certifying Potatoes as Seed: Real World Plant Pathology”
10-9-2017 Announcement (pdf)

October 2, 2017

Pierre Joubert, Research Scientist, University of Washington
“The Plant Microbiome: Implications of the Ecosystem Within”
10-2-2017 Announcement (pdf)

September 25, 2017

Chiti Agarwal, Graduate Student, PhD
Biological control of soil borne fungal plant pathogens by plant growth promoting Pseudomonas fluorescens
9-25-2017 Announcement (pdf)

September 18, 2017

Arunabha Mitra, Graduate Student, PhD
“Defense Priming in Plants: Molecular Principles and Inheritance”
9-18-2017 Announcement (pdf)

September 15, 2017 – Friday, 10:10 am AMS 5706423

Jati Adiputra, Graduate Student, PhD, Exit Seminar
“Studies on viruses associated with redleaf symptoms in Washington Vineyards”
9-15-2017 Announcement (pdf)

September 11, 2017

Dr. Jiasen Cheng, Professor of Plant Pathology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, Hubei, People’s Republic of China and Visiting Scholar, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Texas A&M University, College Station
“The function of small secreted proteins during Sclerotinia sclerotiorum infection”
9-11-2017 Announcement (pdf)

September 4, 2017

No Seminar

August 28, 2017

No Seminar

August 21, 2017

Dr. Weidong Chen, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS and Adjunct Faculty, WSU Plant Pathology
“Evolution of mating type (Mat) alleles and genetic recombination in Sclerotinia
8-21-2017 Announcement (pdf)