Tree Fruit Pathology Endowed Chair

The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission (WTFRC) was established by the Washington State legislature in 1969. The WTFRC’s mission is to promote and carry on research and administer specific industry service programs which will or may benefit the planting, production, harvesting, handling, processing or shipment of tree fruit in Washington. The WTFRC is committed to advancing knowledge, improving practices, and addressing the problems facing the tree fruit industry.

Uses and Purposes

Distributions from this Fund shall be used to support the Tree Fruit Pathology Endowed Chair to meet the following objectives. Distributions from this fund shall not be used to pay the salary of the faculty member holding the endowed chair position.

  1. Develop a research and extension program leading to the development of effective approaches for management of diseases of tree fruit grown in Washington State and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Diseases will include fire blight of apples and pears but may also extend to other diseases of tree fruit.
  2. Collaborate with other WSU, state, federal and industry scientists to develop and promote the most stable, ecologically sound, and economically viable pathology management strategies.
  3. Leverage funds to obtain competitive funds from state and federal programs to expand and enhance research, education or extension activities.