OSU appoints new plant breeder
Oregon State University has appointed Sagar Sathuvalli to lead the OSU potato breeding program. Sathuvalli’s appointment started December, 2012. He will be based at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center.
A native of Tirupati, India, Sathuvalli earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at OSU. He will be an assistant professor at OSU, in charge of potato variety development breeding and genetics.
The potato breeding position had been vacant for the previous two years due to funding shortages, said Russ Karow, head of OSU’s department of crop and soil science.
The Oregon Potato Commission will fund a portion of Sathuvalli’s salary through an endowment to OSU created by a recent commitment of $500,000.