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Hort 509/510 Seminar Series

Thursdays, 2:50 – 3:40 PM

This seminar series is open to the public.


(transmitted across campuses via AMS)

  • WSU Pullman – 204 Johnson Hall
  • WSU Mt. Vernon – Check local scheduling
  • WSU Prosser – Check local scheduling
  • WSU Puyallup – Check local scheduling
  • WSU TriCities – Check local scheduling
  • WSU Wenatchee – Check local scheduling

More information

Questions?  Contact Dr. Cameron Peace  or Dr. Michelle Moyer

Syllabus: Check Blackboard Course Space

Archived seminars: Archived videos are available in Blackboard.

Bloom in the Orchard

Seminar Schedule – SPRING 2018

Date Speaker

Abstracts, when available, can be found by clicking on the seminar title.

January 11 First Day of Class

  • Introduction to course
  • Using Blackboard
  • Course Expectations
January 18 Guest Speaker: “Experiences in Optimising Selection Methods in Horticulture.” (.pdf)
Dr. Craig Hardner, Senior Research Fellow – Quantitative Genetics and Tree Breeding, University of Queensland
January 25 Guest Speaker: “Optimizing Fruit Quality in Apple and Pear Orchards.” (.pdf)

Dr. Stefano Musacchi, Washington State University

February 1 Guest Speaker: “MAREM (Fruit Research Institute of Turkey) and pear breeding.”

Dr. Gokhan Ozturk

February 8 No In-Class Seminar: Please See Blackboard for Discussion Activity
February 15 Guest Speaker:  “What the Academic Success and Career Center Can do for You.

Melanie Kiel, Academic Advisor/Career Counselor, Academic Success and Career Center, Washington State University

February 22 Guest Speaker: “Optimizing light conditions for apple production in Washington State using protective netting

Dr. Giverson Mupambi, Washington State University

March 1 Life After Grad School Guest Speaker.

Jake Gutzwiler, Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission Board / Stemilt  Quality Control Manager

March 8 Student Speaker: Characterizing the Impact of Biochar on Plant Growth and Development” (.pdf)

Daylen Isaac

Student Speaker Evaluation Survey

March 22 Student Speaker: “Utilizing Near-Infrared Spectroscopy for Non-Destructive Phenotyping in the WSU Apple Breeding Program.” (.pdf)

Jamie Coggins

Student Speaker Evaluation Survey

March 29 Student Speaker: Manipulating Apical Dominance, Tuber Size & Shape to Increase Yield of Raw Product for Frozen Processing.” (.pdf)

Cody Dean

Student Speaker Evaluation Survey

April 5 Student Speaker: “Calcium Signaling in Plants: Role of AtSR1 in Immune Response.” (.pdf)

Peiguo Yuan

Student Speaker Evaluation Survey

April 12 Student Speaker:Plastic Biodegradable Mulch Controls Weeds and Produces Pie Pumpkins Similar as Polyethylene Mulch.” (.pdf)

Shuresh Ghimire

Student Speaker Evaluation Survey

April 19 Student Speaker: Branch to Bottle Assessment of Shake-and-Catch Mechanical Harvesting of Cider Apples as an Alternative to Hand Harvesting.” (.pdf)

Travis Alexander

Student Speaker Evaluation Survey

April 26 Student Speaker: Preharvest And Postharvest Management Strategies to Reduce Bitter Pit in ‘Honeycrisp’ Apples.” (.pdf)

Corina Serban

Student Speaker Evaluation Survey