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During academic year 2013-2014 eleven students graduated with a BS in Botany, five students graduated with a MS in Botany and Plant Pathology and two students graduated with a PhD in Botany and Plant Pathology.........



Alija Mjujic, senior doctoral student with Joey Spatafora in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, recently presented research from his thesis concerning Rhizopogon competition ecology at the Mycological Society of America annual meeting and won the Graduate Student Research Award.........



If there is one person that understands the ups and downs of Cordley Hall, it is Blaine Baker. Blaine, BioScience Research Technician in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology since 1983, has overseen everything from major lab renovations for faculty to activating the emergency power supply at 2am on a freezing December morning.......



Paul Severns, postdoc researcher with Chris Mundt in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, and biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are optimistic that recent releases of Fender's blue butterfly into a site of native lupine species will lead to the development of a stable population in three to five years.....



More than 80 collaborating scientists, including Aaron Liston, Joey Spatafora, and Pankaj Jaiswal in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University have sequenced and assembled the genome of Eucalyptus grandis, one of the world's most widely planted hardwood trees and a global renewable resource for fiber and energy......



Oregon State University (OSU) scientists, including Pankaj Jaiswal of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, and colleagues have sequenced the transcriptome of two varieties of diploid Einkorn wheat (Triticum monococcum)—a wild winter subspecies and a domesticated spring subspecies. Data provide an insight into the majority number of genes expressed in these subspecies in response to dark and light growth conditions. Besides, they also provide a reference set of about 500,000 new molecular markers that may help plant breeders, geneticists, biochemists and plant biologists in exploring candidate genes and their associations to improve desirable traits in wheat......



Potato late blight, caused by Phytophthora infestans, originated in central Mexico according to a group of researchers from Oregon State University, the USDA Agricultural Research Service and five other institutions including Nik Grunwald, courtesy Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology..........



Try talking about developing a sustainable solution to the blueberry disease, Mummy Berry in three minutes! That's what Jade Florence did. Doctoral student with Dr. Jay Pscheidt in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, she effectively presented the significance of her thesis research to a non-specialist audience in OSU's grad student competition, Scholars' Insights.....



In the words of Linda Hardison, Director of the Oregon Flora Project, "it's a cool app!". This newest ID tool will enable plant enthusiasts and experienced botanists to identify nearly 1000 wildflowers, shrubs and vines common in Oregon and adjacent areas of Idaho, Washington and California. Once downloaded onto your iOS and mobile devices it works remotely providing photographs, natural history, range maps and more........



Valerian Dolja, Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, has been elected as Councilor for Plant Virology, by members of the American Society for Virology.....



Both Heather Root and Peter Nelson were doctoral students in Botany and Plant Pathology with major Professor Bruce McCune, and both have recently accepted tenure-track University positions.........



Elizabeth Bowman, senior undergraduate Botany major, and Brian Atkinson, doctoral student in Botany and Plant Pathology received news last week that their applications to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program were successful. They will both receive a grant supporting their research for three years; Elizabeth for a Masters degree at the University of Arizona, and Brian continuing his PhD program here at OSU.....



Pat Muir, plant ecologist and Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, gave her last lecture on Friday before retirement with 27 years of service to OSU. To honor the occasion Pat wore her academic regalia that had been her father's when he received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a pathway Pat also followed....



Sierra Wolfenbarger will present her thesis research during the 14th I. E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium, which will take place during the 2014 American Phytopathological Society Meeting. Melhus participants are competitively selected from across the U.S. and internationally by a panel of expert judges. Selection is based on research significance and potential impacts within the field of plant disease epidemiology and the APS community. Sierra, in Dave Gent's lab, is working on the mating system in powdery mildew of hop....



Yes - Andy Jones' lab has rich and diverse opportunities for undergrads to be involved in tropical plant ecology and evolutionary biology, either based in the lab or in the field. Megan O' Connell (pictured above), a biology postbacc, is back in the forests of Panama this term for a second visit, funded by a URISC award. She is working on tropical tree physiology, leaf characteristics, and drought tolerance.........