Dr. Jonathan Whitworth has been named to fill the research plant pathologist position with the ARS at the University of Idaho Research and Extension Center in Aberdeen, ID.
He started in his new position July 14. He takes the duties vacated by the retirement of Dr. Dennis Corsini. Whitworth said, "I hope to continue the good work they've been doing."
For the past seven years, Whitworth had been Area Manager for the Idaho Crop Improvement Association Inc., in Idaho Falls, ID. His main responsibilities were for seed potato certification for over 40,000 acres grown in Idaho.
"I will have duties with Rich Novy, a potato breeder/geneticist also with the ARS in Aberdeen. He will continue ongoing work on the ARS potato-breeding project and the Tri-State potato-breeding program.
Whitworth will also work in coordination with Dr. Stephen Love, potato variety development specialist, with the University of Idaho. "I am looking forward to it," he added.
As of today, no one had been selected to take Whitworth's place in the ICIA.