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Hort 509 / 510 Seminar Series

Thursdays, 2:50 – 3:40 PM

This seminar series is open to the public.


Notice: For Fall 2020, HORT 509/510 will only be offered online and not in person

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Zoom meeting ID: 970 0101 5704
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Questions?  Contact Dr. Lee Kalcsits or Dr. Amit Dhingra

Syllabus: Check Blackboard Course Space

Archived seminars: Archived videos are available in Blackboard.

Bloom in the Orchard

Seminar Schedule – Fall 2020

Dates and Speakers

Abstracts, when available, are accessible by PDF by clicking on the talk title.

August 27  – First Day of Class. Introduction to course, using Blackboard, Expectations

September 3 – Guest Speakers: Jenn Johnson; GPSA President and Bruce Williamson; Professional Development Initiative

September 10 – Student Speaker: Optimizing watermelon grafting to enhance grafting efficiency and its impact on fruit maturity and quality. Pinki Devi; Ph.D. Candidate. Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, Mount Vernon

Online Student Evaluation Survey

September 17 – Guest Speaker: Nutraceutical Horticulture: An Overview of Biochemical and Molecular Considerations  – Dr. Mohan Kumar, Associate Research Professor, Department of Horticulture, WSU

September 24  Guest Speaker: Title – Empirical reflection on 15-year progress of postharvest traits in WSU apple breeding program – Dr. Soon Li Teh, Postdoctoral Research Associate, WSU Wenatchee TFREC

October 1 – Guest Speaker: Title – Urban agriculture: transitioning from academia to industry – Dr. Matthew Arrington, Assistant Professor, College of Life Sciences, Brigham Young University

October 8 –  Student Speaker: Evaluating the characteristics of compost teas to improve the sustainability of crop production. Adel Al Mesmari. Ph.D. Candidate, WSU-Horticulture, Pullman.

Online Student Evaluation Survey

October 15  – Guest Speaker: Title – Staple Isotope Applications in Plant Science Research. Dr. R. Dave Evans, Professor and Director of Stable Isotope Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, WSU

October 22 – Guest Speaker: Title – Developing a research program in pear genetics and genomics. Dr. Jessica Waite. Research Scientist, USDA-ARS Tree Fruit Laboratory, Wenatchee, WA

October 29 –  Student Speaker: Machine harvesting comparison and optimization of machine harvest intervals in fresh market blueberry. Yixin Cai. MS Student. WSU Mount Vernon

Online Student Evaluation Survey

November 5 – No Seminar

November 12 – Student Speaker: Title – Evaluation of sprayer technologies utilized in eastern Washington Vitis vinifera vineyards. Margaret McCoy. Ph.D. Candidate. WSU Prosser IAREC. 

Online Student Evaluation Survey

November 19 – Student Speaker: Title – A multifaceted approach to characterizing and addressing tuber field greening in Washington State. Joe Townsend. MS Student.

Online Student Evaluation Survey

November 26 – No Seminar: Thanksgiving

December 3 – HORT 503 – State Tour Presentations

December 10 – HORT 503 – State Tour Presentations