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Scientists and science educators in the Wenatchee Valley have been gathering for the past few years for weekly seminars to catalyze the development of an engaged regional scientific community. Each series features the research of local scientists and invited guest speakers.

This year’s events are held at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, and are open to the public. Join us for this great opportunity to learn about the incredible research in our own backyard. Prior registration is not required to attend these events.

This project is supported by a grant from Our Valley Our Future. Other supporters include: NCESD, Apple STEM Network, Washington State University, The Bridge, Wenatchee Valley College, and USDA.

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Antimicrobial peptides: novel products for plant disease control?

Presented by Dr. Aina Baró Sabé, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Washington State University

Plant disease control is crucial to meet food demands, and although programs emphasizing the application of an integrated disease management are increasing, the rational use of synthetic chemical pesticides based on disease forecasts is still the main strategy used for the control of plant diseases. Over the years, environmental and human health issues regarding the application of some of these chemical pesticides, such as the presence of multi-drug resistant strains, have arisen, accelerating the modification of the pesticide regulations by many countries, and creating a need for novel plant protection products.

Over the past decades, antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have continuously been proposed as a potential tool to create sustainable pesticides and disease resistant crops. This talk will explore the possibilities of AMPs and their potential role in agriculture to achieve a more sustainable plant disease control.

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The seminar presentations are intended for a ‘science-based’ audience, including researchers, postdoctoral scientists, teachers, graduate students, undergraduate scientists, and science enthusiasts.

K-12 educators are also encouraged to attend the seminar series to learn about local career connections and research efforts that they can bring back to their students. Clock hours are available through the North Central Educational Service District for attending the series.

Date & Time

Wednesday, February 8
4:00pm – 5:00pm


WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center
1100 N Western Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801

Registration Price


Clock Hours

1 Clock Hours Available for Purchase

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