Oregon State University fills potato-breeding post

12/21/2012 03:39:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

Sagar SathuvalliCourtesy Oregon Potato CommissionSagar SathuvalliAfter a two-year vacancy, Oregon State University once again has a plant breeder who will specialize in potato development.

The Corvallis-based institution hired Sagar Sathuvalli to lead potato breeding efforts at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, according to a news release.

He will start in January.

Sathuvalli earned master's and doctorate degrees in horticulture from OSU.

In 2011, he was a post-doctoral researcher in hazelnut breeding and genetics at the university.

Sathuvalli fills the position formerly held by Dan Hane, who retired, and Isabel Vales, who took a job elsewhere.

The position had remained unfilled because of budget woes, according to the release.

Part of Sathuvalli's salary will be funded through an endowment created by a $500,000 donation by the Oregon Potato Commission.

He will collaborate with colleagues in Washington and Idaho as part of the Pacific Northwest Tri-State Breeding Program.

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