In the News

Valerian Dolja and colleagues published a paper detailing an operational definition of virus, and exploring the virosphere as a multidimensional parameter space home to viruses and other replicators.


The grant aims to cultivate future academic, industry, or government leaders who can solve emerging agricultural challenges of the 21st century. Nick's award will support his research on evolutionary genomics of the sudden oak death pathogen, ...


Congratulations to Nik Grünwald, USDA-ARS-Horticultural Crops Research Unit and Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, who was elected as incoming vice president of the American Phytopathological Society and will serve as its president for...


Congratulations to Dr. Ying Chang.  Ying is a postdoc in the laboratories of Joey Spatafora and Jared LeBoldus.  She will start a new tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Yale-NUS (National University of Singapore) in Life Sciences,...


Conner Rogan, a PhD candidate in Jeff Anderson’s lab, is a co-author of a study entitled “Arabidopsis group C Raf-like protein kinases negatively regulate abscisic acid signaling and are direct substrates of SnRK2” that was recently published...


Congratulations to Jeremiah Dung, President, and Christina Hagerty, President-Elect, for their leadership in the APS Pacific Division.  Also, a big congratulations to Jay Pscheidt for the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Alex Wong and Chelsea...


Congratulations to OregonFlora.  A recipient of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's Oregon Stewardship Award, OregonFlora is recognized for its statewide work in documenting the diversity and relevance of Oregon's plant life. 


OSU Student Elaine Swanson

Congratulations to Elaine Swanson for being a finalist for the 2021 Goddard Keynote Scholarship, offered by the National Space Club and Foundation!


Lynda Ciuffetti

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Lynda Ciuffetti for receiving the Purdue University Woman Scholar Award. Lynda received her PhD from Purdue U., Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, her MS from Michigan Technological U., and BS from U...


Red needle cast disease, caused by Phytophthora pluvialis, has had a significant impact on radiata pine plantations in New Zealand for over a decade. The LeBoldus Lab at OSU and the Grunwald lab at the USDA-ARS in Corvallis, Oregon collaborated...


Jennie Green is a senior in our Ecampus Botany degree and lives in Verlot, WA.  ­She has recently published an article in the Spring 2021 issue of Douglasia: Mountaineering and Botanizing on the Ptarmigan Traverse: A Rare Plant Monitoring...


Recently, Naithani (BPP, OSU) and Jaiswal lab (BPP, OSU) jointly published a research article “Beyond gene ontology (GO): using biocuration approach to improve the gene nomenclature and functional annotation of rice S-domain kinase...


Max Combest (2020 BPP Master student graduate in Aymeric Goyer lab, in collaboration with Jeff Anderson at OSU and Kiwamu Tanaka at Washington State University) is lead author on a new paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany, currently...


Jaiswal lab's contribution on the draft haplotype‐phased assembly of the genome of a popular hop (Humulus Lupulus) cultivar cascade was recently published in The Plant Genome journal.


Viruses are ubiquitous, essential components of any ecosystem, and of multicellular organism holobionts. Numerous viruses cause acute infection, killing the host or being cleared by immune system. In many other cases, viruses coexist with the...


Researchers from Oregon State University and the University of Arizona in the USA, University of Liverpool and EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in the UK, and CGIAR’s International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines...


Jasmine Brandes doing lab work

We're now accepting applications for the new Biocomputing and Research Internship! Learn more about our faculty mentors and 2021 projects for the summer undergraduate internship program. Applications due Feb 26!


The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (BPP) is pleased to invite applicants for the BPP Diversity Advancement Graduate Assistantship. BPP provides funding for a graduate assistantship to increase the ethnic and cultural diversity in...


Oregon State University scientist Fritzi Grevstad of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology in the College of Agricultural Sciences petitioned the USDA to use the insects and led the...


Oregon’s Agricultural Progress magazine highlighted the USDA NIFA research grant that will fund the research of Posy Busby and Devin Leopold in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology.

Read the feature story below:


Jeremiah Dung, together with co-Project Director Jeff Chang, have been awarded a $2.9 million Specialty Crops Research Initiative grant from the USDA-NIFA.


If you missed Alexandra Weisberg's Phytobiomes Alliance webinar (07/09/2020), you can view the recording! 


Megan O’Malley receives a pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.


Alexandra Weisberg (Jeff Chang lab) is lead author on a new paper published in Science. Read the OSU News story "...


A new paper "Phytopathogenic Rhodococcus Have Diverse Plasmids With Few Conserved Virulence Functions" from the Jeff Chang lab was published this week in Frontiers in Microbiology.


Blaine Baker

Blaine Baker has received the CAS Stay at Home Hero Award  for his extraordinary efforts to maintain departmental operations and safely supporting all our students, staff and faculty.


Northwest Scientific Association showcased Elisa Di Meglio this week, as one of their past grant recipients.


Kelsey Bisson (lead PI), together with Michael Behrenfeld (Co-I) & Emmanuel Boss (UMaine, Co-I) received NASA funding to study Arctic and global ocean phytoplankton using the newly launched ICESat-2 satellite lidar.


Toby Westberry, along with Michael Behrenfeld and Jason Graff, received NASA funding in support of the ‘The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem’ (PACE) mission.


Jeff Anderson, assistant professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University, has received a...


Cedar Warman (John Fowler Lab) is lead author on a new paper out in PLOS Genetics titled "High expression in maize pollen correlates with...


Congratulations to BPP graduate student Nick Carleson for being recognized for his excellent research and presentation at the 2019 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference.


Phil Hamm

Phil Hamm announced recently he is retiring after 44 years with Oregon State University, including serving the last 29 years at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center and the last 14 as the center’s director.


The greenhouse facility splits use between teaching and university research efforts and has the ability to grow almost any commodity plant that grows in Oregon at any given time. This can range from fruits to grains to trees. 


The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position.