Dr. Debra Ann Inglis
Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist
Dr. Inglis’ research interests in vegetable pathology focus on the biology and management of fungal and oomycete diseases of fresh and processing vegetables, particularly red and yellow potatoes and other high-value specialty vegetables. Currently, she has field, greenhouse and laboratory research projects on (i) diseases of specialty potato tubers, (ii) late blight on potato and tomato, (iii) vegetable diseases under biodegradable crop covers and in high tunnel systems, (iv) flooding as a crop rotation alternative to preserve shorebird habitat and manage soilborne potato pathogens in western Washington. Dr. Inglis has worked as a plant pathologist at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC since 1989. For a more complete bio, see http://plantpath.wsu.edu/people/faculty/inglis/inglis.htm.
Ag Research Tech III
Babette Gundersen, a native of the Skagit Valley, received her M.S. degree in Experimental Psychology from Central Washington University in 1991. She joined the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC vegetable pathology program in 1993 to assist with field, greenhouse and laboratory research projects focusing on the biology and management of fungal and oomycete diseases of fresh market and processing vegetables. She is an active participant in all of the program’s research and extension efforts, and in graduate student training. Babette was a recipient of the prestigious WSU Employee Excellence Award presented by the University President, Dr. Lane Rawlins, in 2002. She is an expert on experimental field plot design, set-up and maintenance as well as a variety of greenhouse and laboratory techniques in plant pathology including statistical analysis of experimental data.
Marianne Powell completed her M.S. degree in the Vegetable Pathology Program in December 2012. The title of her thesis was “Assessment of Tomato and Lettuce Diseases in Organically Managed High Tunnel Cropping Systems in Western Washington and Isolation of Soil Microbes Potentially Capable of Biodegrading Agricultural Mulches.” Marianne graduated with a B.S. in Plant Biology from the University of Washington (UW) in June 2010. She worked with Dr. Soo-Hyung Kim and graduate student Drew Zwart in the Plant Ecophysiology lab where she conducted a survey of Phytophthora spp. on woody plants within two Seattle urban parks to determine if restoration practices influence Phytophthora populations. Marianne also worked with Dr. Gundla Bosch in the UW Chemical Engineering Lab on a project using shotgun proteomics and MS/MS to identify tumor-inducing proteins of Agrobacterium tumefaciens grown in pH 5 and 7. Her research interests focus on plant-pathogen interactions, molecular identification methods of microbes, and biotic and environmental factors that influence plant disease occurrence.
Amy Salamone Kaltenbaugh
Amy Salamone Kaltenbaugh joined the Vegetable Pathology Program in January 2013 after receiving an M.S. degree in Coastal Sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2012. Amy’s thesis title was “Fungal Biofilm Colonization and Succession on Artificial Reefs in the North-Central Gulf of Mexico.” Her research project was the first characterization of natural mixed-species fungal biofilm communities and study of their succession in the marine environment. Amy has expertise in the morphological and molecular characterization of fungi found in marine biofilms, an exciting and underexplored habitat. Amy is an enthusiastic mycologist with interests in fungal ecology, fungal-bacterial interactions, fungal roles in nutrient cycling, and fungal genomic mapping techniques to identify genes associated with ecological roles and evolutionary history. Her career interests, professional skills and background are an excellent match for the “Farming for Wildlife Project” now partially funded by The Nature Conservancy of Washington. This program seeks to find ways to enhance migratory shorebird habitat in western Washington, and at the same time support local farms, by using field flooding as a crop rotation practice for managing soilborne plant pathogens.
WSU-Mount Vernon NWREC Vegetable Pathology Program
c/o Dr. Debra Ann Inglis
16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273