WSU Plant Pathology Professor Authors Comprehensive Treatise on Wheat Health

PULLMAN, Wash. –The newest treatise on the pests and diseases of wheat is complete, authored by six experts on the subject, including Washington State University Professor Tim Murray.A plant pathologist in WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, Murray has four articles in the third edition of the “Compendium of Wheat Diseases and Pests.” The 181-page, softbound volume incorporates new information from over 70 international experts and features a companion CD with images of diseases and pests. It is the first time the book, which is the most expansive in the American Phytopathological Society’s compendium series, has been updated since 1987.

“An invitation from the APS Press to produce a compendium on wheat is recognition of Dr. Murray’s statue as one of the world’s leading scientists in the area of wheat health research,” said Hanu Pappu, chair of the WSU Department of Plant Pathology. APS is the world’s largest group of plant pathology professionals with more than 5,000 members.

Murray was elected an APS Fellow this year. “Compendium of Wheat Diseases and Pests” is his third book. Manson Publishing published the first one, “A Color Handbook of Diseases of Small Grain Cereal Crops”, in 1998; Wiley Interscience published the two-volume “Encyclopedia of Plant Pathology” in 2001.