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Potato Virus Detection Training Workshop

Washington State University Research Farm
1471 West Cox Road
Othello, WA

Monday, June 20, 2016
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration closed. Thanks to all who attended this workshop.

This workshop will cover field identification of PVY (strains O, N-Wi and NTN), including visual identification of foliar symptoms on ~40 major cultivars. We will also have samples of different tuber symptoms from PVY, PMTV and TRV. In addition, we will be discussing and demonstrating new diagnostic assays for viruses and soil-borne vectors of some of the viruses.

We expect a high attendance rate because recent standardization of seed certification programs across the U.S. includes the requirement for documentation of inspector training. This workshop is planned for the week including the WSU Commercial Seed Lot Evaluation (Tuesday June 21) in Othello, the OSU Potato Field Day at the OSU Research and Extension Center, 2121 S. 1st Street,  Hermiston, OR (Wednesday June 22) and the WSU Potato Field Day in Othello (Thursday June 23). Come and make a week of it! 

University and USDA experts at the Virus Detection Training Workshop will include:

  • Stewart Gray (USDA-ARS/Cornell)
  • Jonathan Whitworth (USDA-ARS ID)
  • Mark Pavek (WSU)
  • Amy Charkowski (UWI)
  • Alex Karasev (UID)
  • Nina Zidack (MtSU)

The workshop is part of a USDA NIFA Specialty Crops Initiative award titled “Biological and economic impacts of emerging potato tuber necrotic viruses and the development of comprehensive and sustainable management practices”.

Tentative schedule:

  • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. -  Coffee and introductions
  • 10 a.m. to Noon - Field observations
  • Noon to  1 p.m. - Lunch (provided)
  • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Demonstration and discussion of diagnostic assays
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Field observations

Travel and Lodging:

It’s best to fly into either the Tri-Cities Regional Airport Pasco (PSC) or the Spokane International Airport (GEG) airport and rent a car. The best and closest hotel is the Best Western Inn and Suites in Pasco,  located near the airport and a 50 minute drive from the WSU Research Farm in Othello.  There are also two hotels near the freeway in Moses Lake. These are the Holiday Inn Express and the Comfort Inn Suites. These hotels are a 35 minute drive from the WSU Research Farm in Othello. If you want to be close and aren’t particular there are also a number of  lower budget hotels in Othello.

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