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Hort 509 / 510 Seminar Series

Thursdays, 2:55 – 4:05 PM

In Person at

  • Pullman – Clark 151
  • Mount Vernon – Annex East
  • Puyallup – K109
  • Tri-Cities – WSC 201

Or by Zoom. Please request the Zoom link if you would like to attend remotely. Students can find the Zoom link in Canvvas.

More information

Questions?  Contact Dr Tom Collins

Syllabus: Check Canvas course space

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Seminar Schedule – Fall 2022

Dates and Speakers


August 25 –  Welcome, Course Introduction

September 1 – Guest speaker: Huiting Zhang. Postdoctoral Researcher, Washington State University. Title: Phylogenetic analyses & functional characterization of parasitism genes in haustorium formation and development

September 8 – Guest speaker: Tom Collins.  Assistant Professor Dept of Horticutlure, Washington State University. Title: Impacts of smoke exposure on grape and wine quality

September 15 – Guest speaker:  Terry Bates, Director, Lake Erie Research & Extension Center, Cornell University. Title:TBD

September 22 Guest speaker: Matthew Jefferies. Director, Campus Climate and Community Building, Washington State University Access Center. Title:  Overview of the Access Center and Resources for Students with Disabilities

September 29 – Guest Speaker:  Ines Hanrahan & Steve Mantle.  Washinton Tree Fruit Research Commission. Title: TBD

October 6 – Alexandra Johnson.  Ph.D Candidate, Dept. of Horticulture. Washington State University. Title: Genetics of powdery mildew disease resistance and albinism present in U.S. sweet cherry germplasm

October 13 – Guest Speaker: Chad Kruger. Director, Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center (TFREC) and the Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Natural Resources (CSANR). Title: CSANR – Inspired solutions for the future of agriculture and the environment.

October 20 – Yue Shang.  M.S. Candidate, Dept of Horticulture.  Title: Compositional changes of smoke-derived volatile phenols and their glycoconjugates after acid hydrolysis

October 27 –  Guest Speaker: Chris Benedict. Whatcom County Extension and Soil Health Initiative Coordinator. Title: TBD

November 3 –  Rainier W. Peters.  M.S. Candidate. Dept of Horticulture, Washington State University. Title :TBD

November 10 – Guest Speaker:  Joseph Kuhl. Associate Professor. Dept. of Plant Sciences, University of Idaho.  Title: Mapping and Characterization of Potato Cyst Nematode Resistance in Tetraploid Potato

November 17 – Guest Speaker: Jean Dodson Peterson. Chair, Viticulture and Enology Department,  Washington State University. Title: TBD

November 24 – Thanksgiving Break

December 1  Ty James. M.S. Candidate, Dept of Horticulture, Washington State University.  Title:  TBD

December 8 –  Jonathan Magby.  Ph.D. Candidate. Dept of Horticulture, Washington State University.  Title: A Multi-Trait Approach to Understanding Genotypic Variation in Sweet Cherry Cold Tolerance and Dormancy