Current News & Project Updates

Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center Welcomes Dr. Jeness Scott

The Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center (COARC) would like to welcome Dr. Jeness Scott to the COARC Plant Pathology program. Jeness was hired as a Faculty Research Assistant in Dr. Jeremiah Dung’s laboratory on June 23, 2014. Jeness will provide key technical and scientific support to Jeremiah’s program, assisting and coordinating research activities in the laboratory, greenhouse, and field. Jeness brings over ten years of experience researching fungal and bacterial plant pathogens, specializing in soil-borne pathogens. Jeness earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis, where her dissertation focused on Fusarium wilt of lettuce. She later conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California on Verticillium wilt in strawberry and leaf-colonizing bacteria. Prior to arriving at COARC, Jeness was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota, where she studied resistance to stem rust in wild relatives of wheat and barley. 

Pesticide Applicator Online Courses Are Now Available!

COARC is pleased to announce that the pesticide applicator courses Marvin Butler and Katie Ralls have designed, along with OSU PNE (Professional Non-Credit Education), are now available to take online for credit. Each course is $20, takes approximately one hour in length and is worth one pesticide credit. To register go to: and look under, “Pesticide Applicator.” Feel free to take the course at your own time and pace. Keep checking back as more classes will be becoming available. 

Mint Pest Alert Electronic Newsletter

This electronic newsletter is being used to inform growers, fieldmen and industry representatives in the mint production areas of Oregon about mint root borer and cutworm/armyworm development by geographic regions. These three pests have life cycles that offer opportunities for multiple target insect control with a single, properly timed pesticide application. This electronic Pest Alert notification system will assist in management decisions that maximize the effectiveness of insecticide applications for these pests. A newsletter will be sent out once a week to three different regions: Central Oregon, Grande Ronde Valley and Willamette Valley. Visit the Mint Pest Alert section to view past newsletters. 

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