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Hort 509 / 510 Seminar Series

Thursdays, 2:55 – 4:05 PM

Attend seminars in person at the following locations:

  • Pullman: Clark 151
  • Wenatchee: Stockwell room
  • Prosser:  Multipurpose Building classroom
  • Mt. Vernon:  Wiley Zoom room

You can also attend via Zoom. Please request the Zoom link (see contact information below) if you would like to attend remotely. Students will find the Zoom link and the syllabus on Canvas.

For more information, please contact Dr Per McCord.

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Seminar Schedule, Spring 2023

Dates and Speakers

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

January 12 –  Welcome, Seminar Course Introduction

January 19 – Guest speaker: Victor Blancao. Title TBD

January 26 – Guest speaker: Paco Gonzales, Research Horticulturalist, USDA ARS. Title: USDA Hop Horticulture Program at WSU – An Introduction and Priorities.

February 2 – Guest speaker: Scott Harper, Assistant Professor in the Plant Pathology department, and director of the Clean Plant Center Northwest. Title: X-disease: an (increasingly) complicated biological system

February 9 – Guest speaker: Craig Richael. Simplot/Aardevo. Title: Accelerated Genetic Improvement of Potato Using F1 Hybrid Breeding and Tools of Bioengineering

February 16 – Guest Speaker:  Marilyn Warburton, USDA-ARS. Plant Germplasm Introduction and Testing Research
Research Leader. Title: W-6 Project

February 23 – Guest Speaker: Carl Silverburg. Senrio V.P. of Outreach & Public Affairs at iUNU, Inc. Title: Sensors/AI for greenhouse management.

March 2 – Noah Willsea.  Title: The effect of netting retraction before harvest on fruit sunburn and red color for ‘Honeycrisp’ apple

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 510 seminar abstract_Willsea

March 9 – Fabiola Guadalupe Ramirez Torres . Title: Evaluation of Gene Editing Approaches in Higher Plants

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March 16 – Spring Break – No Seminar

March 23 –  Evan Stowe. Title: 1-MCP Inhibition of Ripening in D’Anjou Pears:
Biochemical characterization and Ripening Solutions


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March 30Alexa Hintze. Title: Maximizing Economic Return by Optimizing Seed Management Practices for Potato

Abstract – Hintze

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April 6 – Jennifer Darner Title: The Economic Impact of Lygus species (Hahn) Feeding on Potatoes Grown in the Columbia Basin

Jennifer Darner’s Abstract for Hort 510

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April 13 –  Alexa McDaniel, Title: Alternative Pest Management Technologies for Washington Vitis vinifera Vineyards

McDaniel_Hort510 abstract

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April 18 – Hort 508 graduate student proposal EXPO

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April 20 – Geraldine Diverres. Title: Grapevine response to temporally and spatially heterogenous soil moisture availability

Geraldine Diverres_Abstract

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April 27 – Morgan Danielle Southern. Title:  Analysis of potato productivity in current and following generations as an effect of heat stress, planting time, and cultivar-induced physiological changes


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