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Seminar Series

NOTICE:  From March 23, 2020 until the end of the Spring Semester PLP 515 will only be available through ZOOM it can be viewed Monday afternoon at 4:10 pm . The  ZOOM dial up is 148-370-013. 

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Spring 2020 Schedule

January 13 , 2020


January 20, 2020


Janaury 27, 2020

Dr. Kiwamu Tanaka, WSU

Annoucement Tanaka 1.27.20

February 3, 2020

Dr. Prabu Gnanasekaran, WSU

Topic: “Mechanism of βC1 protein mediated geminivirus pathogenesis”

Announcement Prabu 2.3.20

February 10, 2020

Dr. Cynthia Gleason, WSU

Topic: “A study of root-knot nematode effectors and their manipulation of host plants”

Annoucement Gleason 2.10.20

February 17, 2020


February 24, 2020

Dr. Sanjaya Gyawali, WSU

Topic: “Participatory plant breeding (PPB):Concept,methods,and case studies

Announcement Gyawali 2.24.20

March 2, 2020

Dr. Fangming Xio, University of Idaho

Topic: “Manipulation of host proteins and cellular processes by potato cyst nematode effector RHA1B”

Announcement Xiao 3.2.20

March 9, 2020

Dr. Lei Zhang, WSU

Topic: “Basic and applied nematology research to help management of the Columbia root-knot nematode”

Announcement Zhang 3.9.20

March 16, 2020


March 23, 2020


March 30, 2020

Nickisha Pierre-Pierre, WSU

Topic: “Fighting Disease: Cancer Treatments and Their Role in Plant Defense”

Announcement Pierre-Pierre 3.30.20

April 6, 2020

Lauren Braley, WSU

Topic:  “The engineering of low-gluten wheat using the gene-editing technique CRISPR/CAS9.”

Announcement Braley 4.6.20

April 13, 2020

Dr. Prashant Swamy, WSU

Topic: “Fungicide Resistance in the Prunus avium: Podosphaera cerasi pathosystem”

Announcement Swamy 4.13.20

April 20, 2020


April 27, 2020

Dr. Kutay Ozturk, WSU

Topic: “Small number of secondary metabolism genes in the hemibiotrophic forest pathogen, Dothistroma septosporum, are mostly non-essential for disease progression”

Announcement Ozturk 4.27.20


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