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Seminar Series

WSU Department of Plant Pathology 515 Seminar Schedule

Monday at 4:10pm, GUC Clark Hall Room 149, Pullman Campus

Please see zoom link below :

Meeting ID: 925 4729 6820

Passcode: 3911


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Gary Chastagner-Instructor or Tammy Cunningham

FALL 22 Schedule


August 22,2022

Review of seminar meeting with enrolled students

August 29,2022

Guest Speaker: Dr. Joey Hulbert, Post Doc WSU PREC

Topic: Research needs for mitigating the emergence of Sooty Bank Disease in the Pacific Northwest

Announcement Hulbert, J 8.29.22

September 5,2022


September 12,2022

Guest Speaker: Dr. Marianne Elliott, Research Associate, WSU PREC

Topic: “Phytophthora ramorum” in Washington State : Management Successes, Failures, and Challenges

Announcement Elliott 9.12.22

September 19,2022

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mustafa O. Jibrin, Post Doc., WSU TRFEC

Topic: Clonality and Recombination in the Globally Spread Bacterial Spot of Tomato and Pepper Pathogens

Announcement Jibrin 9.19.22

September 26,2022

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jane Stewart-Associate Professor of Agricultural Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Topic:  The Role of Host Drought Response and Other Factors that Suggest White Pine Blister Rust Will be Present in the Future Forest

Announcement Stewart 9.26.22

October 3,2022

Marlien Nampijja, PhD student

Topic: RNA Interference Technology, Opportunities, and Challenges in the Management of Plant Diseases

Announcement Nampijja 10.3.22

October 10,2022

Kristen Bullough, PhD Student

Topic: The Host Manipulation Hypothesis: History, Cordyceps, and Relevance to Plant Pathology

Announcement Bullough 10.10.22


October 17,2022

Guest Speaker : Dr. Richard Sniezko, Geneticist, US Forest Service Dorena Genetic Resource Center, Dorena, OR

Topic: Developing Resistant Population of Trees to Non-Native Pathogens

October 24,2022

Ninh Khuu, PhD student

Topic: Mistletoe: Merging of Myth and Science

October 31, 2022

Joseph K Mellow,  MS Student

Topic: Understanding Botrytis Gray Mold on Strawberry and its Fungicide Resistance Mechanisms


November 7,2022

Alex Batson, PhD exit seminar

Topic: Characterization, Detection, and Genetics of the Spinach Fusarium Wilt Pathogen

November 14,2022

Student-Invited Speaker Dr. Peter Henry, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA ARS Crop Improvement and Protection Research , Salinas, CA   


Topic: The Orgins and Evolution of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp fragariae, Cause of Fusarium Wilt of Strawberry

November 21

November 28

Guest Speaker : Dr. Enrico Bonello, Professor of Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Topic: Beech Leaf Disease: A Forest Epidemic of National and International Concern

December 5

Guest Speaker: Dr. Marin Talbot Brewer, Professor of Mycology/Plant Pathology University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Topic: Azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus in the Environment: Identifying Key Reservoirs and Hotspots of Antifungal Resistance

SPRING 22 Schedule

January 10, 2022

Seminar meeting with enrolled students

January 17, 2022

NO SEMINAR-Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 24, 2022     PLEASE NOTE:  This will be at 9:10AM because of time zone difference.  

Guest Speaker: Martijn Rep-Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Topic: “Genomics of Fusarium oxusporum”

Seminar Announcement – Rep 1.24.22

January 31, 2022

Guest Speaker: Svetlana Yurgel-Research Scientist-USDA ARS Grain Legume Research Unit, Prosser WA

Topic: Soil Microbiomes and Sustainable Production of High-Quality Crops

Seminar Announcement – Yurgel 1.31.22


February 7, 2022

Guest Speaker: Steven Koike-TriCal Diagnostics, Salinas, CA

Topic:  Changes in Trajectory: Course Adjustments in a Plant Pathology Career

Seminar Announcement – Koike 2.07.22

February 14, 2022

Henry Hurt, MS Student

Topic: Fungal Anastomosis: How chemical Signaling between Hyphae Directs Fungal Growth and Reproduction (Or: How Fungi Flirt)

Announcement Hurt 2.14.22



February 21, 2022

NO SEMINAR-President’s Day

February 28, 2022

Sudha GC Upadhaya, PhD Student

Topic: “Fungal volatile organic compounds”

Announcement Upadhaya 2.28.22


March 7, 2022

Guest Speaker: Maria del Mar Jimenez-Gasco-Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology, Pennsylvania State University

Topic: Pathogens and Endophytes: An Evolutionary Model for Emergence of Plant Pathogenicity in Fusarium Oxysporum

Announcement – Jimenez-Gasco 3.07.22


March 14, 2022



March 21, 2022

Qing Bai, PhD Student

Topic: Defense Seminar on Genetic Diversity, Population Structure and Virulence-Associated Secreted Protein Genes of the Stripe Rust Pathogen.

Announcement Bai 3.21 Announcement Bai 3.21.22



March 28, 2022

Guest Speaker: Richard Morrison-Seed Pathologist Emeritus, Sakata Seed America

Topic: Reflections on a Plant Pathology Career in the Seed Industry

Announcement – Morrison 3.28.22


April 4, 2022

Jessica Franco-WSU Postdoctoral Research Associate-Cynthia Gleason’s Lab

Topic: De-worming the mystery of Meloidogyne citwoodi pathotypes and their distribution with Washington State

Announcement – Franco 4.04.22

April 11, 2022

Guest Speaker: Mary Hausbeck-Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University

Topic: Grower-Driven Research Lead to Integrated Management Stratagies for Phytophthora capsici for Michigan Vegetable Producers

Announcement Hausbeck 4.11.22

April 18, 2022

Pandemic Blues? Rebuilding community in our department  , Led by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Announcement 4.18.22