WSU postharvest scientist joins USDA
Dr. Chang-Lin Xiao is moving to California.
Dr. Chang-Lin Xiao, Washington State University extension plant pathologist, who spent the last 11 years working on postharvest disease issues of Pacific Northwest fruit crops at WSU’s Tree Fruit Research Center in Wenatchee, is changing laboratories to work on fruit disease issues in California.
Xiao came to WSU in 2000 after working as a post doctorate researcher at the University of Florida. Before that, he spent four years at the University of California, Davis, as a visiting post doctoral scholar from Beijing Agricultural University.
While at WSU, he worked closely with packing house operators to develop pre- and postharvest management practices to minimize storage rots and diseases of tree fruit. Xiao helped discover Sphaeropsis rot, a newly reported disease of apples and pears. During his Northwest postharvest work, he also found Phacidiopycnis rot on pears, a disease that had previously been reported only in Europe and India and only recently in North America.
As research leader/supervisory research plant pathologist at U.S. Department of Agriculture’s San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Sciences Center in Parlier, Xiao will work to develop new ways to control postharvest insects and diseases and ensure postharvest quality of horticultural crops important in the export market. He will continue to collaborate with Northwest researchers and industry officials on issues like spotted wing drosophila.
Xiao’s new position begins January 3.