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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 148-370-013; if you experience problems, please call the trouble line at (509-335-5044)

Spring 2020 Schedule

January 13, 2020


January 20, 2020


Janaury 27, 2020

Guest Speaker–Dr. Kiwamu Tanaka, WSU

Annoucement Tanaka 1.27.20

February 3, 2020

Prabu Gnanasekaran, WSU

Topic: “Mechanism of βC1 protein mediated geminivirus pathogenesis”

Announcement Prabu 2.3.20

February 10, 2020

Guest Speaker- 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

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

Lei Zhang, WSU

Topic: TBA

March 16, 2020


March 23, 2020

Guest Speaker–Inga Zasada, UDSA-ARS

Topic: TBA

March 30, 2020

Nickisha Pierre-Pierre, WSU

Topic: TBA

April 6, 2020

Lauren Braley, WSU

Topic: TBA

April 13, 2020

Prashant Swamy, WSU

Topic: TBA

April 20, 2020

Guest Speaker– Mattias Twizeyimana, AgBiome

Topic: TBA

April 27, 2020

Kutay Ozturk, WSU

Topic: TBA

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