UI Honors CALS Researchers
Entomologist Sanford Eigenbrode directs a $20 million USDA climate change study focused on Pacific Northwest agriculture.
Virologist Alex Karasev studies Potato Virus Y, a disease agent that damages the appearance of potatoes, Idaho’s top crop worth $957 million last year.
The University of Idaho honored the two College of Agricultural and Life Sciences researchers this spring for their scientific accomplishments.
Eigenbrode was named a University Distinguished Professor, one of seven faculty so honored on campus since 2011. He joined the University of Idaho faculty in 1995. He has excelled at promoting interdisciplinary research, including helping the university land two Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship grants.
Eigenbrode most recently led the team of researchers from four colleges at the University of Idaho and from Washington State University, Oregon State University and USDA Agricultural Research Service that won the five-year climate change research grant.
Karasev was honored with the university’s Mid-Career Faculty Award, which recognizes those who have made significant advances and showed strong commitment to scholarship, teaching and engagement.
Since he joined the faculty in 2006, Karasev’s main focus at the University of Idaho is viruses that threaten potato production in Idaho. His work helps improve the understanding of how potato leaf roll virus damages plants and makes them more attractive to the aphids that carry the disease.
His expertise with viral diseases led Karasev to be drafted to study their impacts on other crops. His projects include work on barley yellow dwarf virus, pea enation virus and grape viruses.