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Jennifer Parke, Associate Professor (Senior Research) in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, will lead a team of researchers determining risks of waterborne plant pathogens in recycled irrigation water and assessing their economic losses... ......



David Sugar, Professor and post-harvest tree fruit plant pathologist, based at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center in Central Point retired in May. Richard Smiley, Professor and nematologist/wheat plant pathologist at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center near Pendleton will retire at the end of the year. BPP was the academic home for both......



Organized by the Jaiswal lab in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, twelve local high school students compared the genomes of wild winter wheat (Einkorn wheat) with domesticated spring wheat during their hands-on summer camp experience at OSU........



Jeff Chang, Melodie Putnam, Nik Grunwald and Luisa Santamaria, all of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, together with collaborators Taifo Mahmud (Pharmacy,OSU) and Clark Seavert (Applied Econ.,OSU) have received funding from USDA-NIFA-SCRI to work on gall-forming bacterial diseases that seriously affect nurseries with estimates of $1,000,000 in lost revenue............



Mike Behrenfeld, Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, was recently awarded the The F.E. Price/Agricultural Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research by the College of Agricultural Sciences. Mike studies marine plankton, in particular how global scale biological processes depend on sub-cellular processes in phytoplankton......



Joyce Loper, is Research Plant Pathologist at the USDA-ARS Horticultural Crops Research Unit in Corvallis, OR. She is also Courtesy Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at OSU. Joyce is recognized for her work to develop biological control of plant diseases and also for her scientific contributions to plant pathology and for mentoring young scientists........



Mike Behrenfeld, Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology,explains that changes in phytoplankton populations are governed by periods of accelerating and decelerating division rates. Environmental factors that are impacted by climate change are also responsible for changes in the plankton ecosystem ...



Joseph W. Spatafora, Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology has been named the 2014 OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor......



Using a recently developed method, Kevin Weitemier, Shannon Straub and Aaron Liston from the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology and their collaborators, have obtained a data set containing hundreds of nuclear loci and plastomes for milkweeds, Asclepias species........



Dylan "Rolando" Beorchia will work on improving sustainable agricultural practices with local farmers in Senegal, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. Rolando graduated in June 2013 with a major in Botany, and is hoping his education and research experience working in the Jaiswal lab and with the BLM will give him the resources he needs to help make a significant contribution during his two-year period of service....



John Fowler, Associate Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at OSU,and multi-institution collaborators have discovered novel gametophytic transcripts, as well as genetic functions that are critical in either male or female gametophytes for their proper functioning. Working with maize, they have laid the groundwork for a more comprehensive understanding of the genetic programs and functions that enable successful sexual reproduction in plants......



Taj Morton, a Master's student in the Megraw lab in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology and who has BS in Computer Science from OSU, is first author in a recent Plant Cell publication that reveals the initiation transcription sites in plants with the creation of a very large publicly available data set from root tissue of Arabidopsis thaliana......



New evidence from a recently discovered giant virus from Siberia may lend support to the view that virus-like elements were involved in the emergence of life. Valerian Dolja, Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University, and collaborator Eugene Koonin, National Institutes of Health, argue that the large number of unusual genes in the giant viruses and the diversity of viruses that far exceeds that found in cellular life, point to a viral origin of life......



Heads of wheat maturing early and lesions on lower stems mean lower and poor quality yield for Willamette Valley growers as sharp eyespot fungus spreads through the crop......



Marine and atmospheric scientists, including Allen Milligan and Jason Graff from Mike Behrenfeld's lab in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, will tackle the optical issues associated with satellite observations of phytoplankton on a three week investigation off the Atlantic coast of the US. They hope to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food chain.........