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Student Projects

Students from local high schools, community colleges, and universities can participate in research projects related to Phytophthora and other oomycetes.

Ideas for student projects

Other student projects

Some projects done by students in 2012:

Pierce College, Puyallup, independent studies

Temperature growth rates of Phytophthora and Pythium species isolated from western Washington streams.

Temperature effects on root infection of Noble and Frasier fir by Phytophthora species isolated from western Washington streams and soils.

Effects of gypsum on sporulation of Phytophthora species.

Biocontrol of Phytophthora using various bark mulch treatments.

Bellarmine HS, Tacoma WA, senior projects

Fungus death match! – Antagonism of Trichoderma spp. to selected Phytophthora spp.

Some projects done by students in 2011:

Green River Community College independent studies

Screening a collection of Trichoderma spp. for antagonism to Phytophthora ramorum.

Pierce College, Puyallup, Biology 213

Stream sampling using “bait in a bottle” method at Clarks Creek

The “shoe experiment” year 2

Bellarmine HS, Tacoma WA, senior projects

Testing isolates of Phytophthora and Pythium for pathogenicity to Noble fir roots

Survival of P. ramorum in water from various streams in western WA

Some projects done by students in 2010:1103_DSC07359_350


Effects of salinity on P. ramorum growth, survival, and sporulation (UW Tacoma, Environmental Microbiology)

“The shoe experiment” – testing various disinfectants for sanitizing the bottoms of shoes (Pierce College, Puyallup, Biology 213)


Learn more about Phytophthora here


Contact: Gary Chastagner, 253-445-4528 | WSU Puyallup Research & Extension Center, 2606 West Pioneer, Puyallup, WA, 98371-4998 USA
Last updated January 2, 2013