Oregon State University seeks a full-time Postdoctoral Scholar to study the biology and management of ergot (Claviceps purpurea) in grass grown for seed. Ergot is a major disease problem for growers of Kentucky bluegrass (KBG) and perennial ryegrass (PRG) in Oregon and Washington and results in significant economic losses. The postdoctoral scholar will participate in collaborative projects to: 1) assess the efficacy of soil-applied fungicides to reduce sclerotia germination; 2) collect spore trap and environmental data for contribution to the design and validate a predictive model for ergot; 3) evaluate KBG and PRG varieties for the potential to escape or resist ergot infection; and 4) quantify the spatial and temporal dynamics of ergot spread from a point source of inoculum, including the contribution of secondary spread via honeydew and insects. Other studies, as information develops, are expected.
The Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center is a modern facility positioned to serve high value, diversified irrigated agriculture in the region. Ten faculty members are currently located at the center, along with administrative and support staff. More information can be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/hermiston/.
Hermiston (pop. 17,000) is situated on the northeastern edge of OR, approximately 4 hrs from OSU’s main Campus (Corvallis), 3 hr east of Portland, 3 ½ hr southwest of Seattle, and 40 min to the Tri-Cities, WA. Snowmobiling, skiing, sledding, and snow tubing are popular activities in the winter. Year-round fishing, hunting and camping opportunities are available. The Columbia River is located 5 miles north of Hermiston and provides all of the typical water sports and activities.