CPCNW Research and Resources

The CPCNW research program is lead by Director Dr. Scott Harper

Dr. Harper’s research program focuses on virus and other systemic pathogens of perennial crops in the Pacific Northwest, particularly those infecting fruit trees (Malus and Prunus¬†spp.),¬†grapevine (Vitis sp.) and Hops (Humulus lupus). Aspects of his research include:

  • The interaction of viruses with one another, and how this affects basic biological processes such as virus movement, transmission, and the expression of disease; he has particular interest to see whether we can use virus-virus interactions to control diseases in perennials
  • The viral infection process, tissue tropism and how this relates to disease and to our ability to detect and eradicate viruses
  • The detection and identification of novel viruses, as well as the development of new assays and tools for virus diagnosis

Education

  • Ph.D. School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand (2009)
  • MSc. (Hons) School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand (2005)
  • BSc. School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand (2003)

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant Scientist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Florida (2015-2016)
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Citrus Research and Education Center, University of Florida (2010-2015)
  • Scientist Level 1, Plant Health and Environment Laboratory, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, New Zealand (2008-2010)

Employment and Graduate Student Opportunities

Students interested in conducting research into viruses in perennial crop systems, the interaction of viruses with each other, their invertebrate vectors, and their plant host, or who are interested in virus diagnostics, are encouraged to inquire about potential projects at scott.harper@wsu.edu