Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón

  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Co-advised by: Dr. María del Mar Jiménez Gasco and Dr. Beth K. Gugino
Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón
301 Buckhout Lab (office)
403 Buckhout Lab (lab)

University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-2495
Fax: 814-863-7217

Areas of Expertise

  • Verticillium wilt
  • Population biology: genetics, evolution, ecology
  • Ecology of host-pathogen interactions
  • Bioinformatics
  • Sustainable agriculture


  1. B.S. and M.S., Agricultural Sciences and Engineering, University of Córdoba, Spain

Research Interests

Plant diseases are challenging the sustainability of global agriculture, especially those caused by soil-borne pathogens. Verticillium dahliae is a fungal soil-borne pathogen with worldwide distribution in agricultural areas. It causes vascular wilt on over 400 plant species, some of them are key staple foods, such as potato, tomato, cassava, soybean, beans, and cacao. Crop rotations with non-host species is the only available disease management strategy in most cases. They also render conflicting results, highlighting the poor knowledge of the ecology of this species.

My research focuses on understanding the population biology and ecology of V. dahliae to design sustainable management strategies for farmers. For that, I am using potato agroecosystems in developed and developing agricultural regions.

I am also pursuing a dual-title Ph.D. in International Agriculture and Development. 


  • Bautista-Jalón, L.S. M. Eng. Dissertation “Comparative analysis of Verticillium dahliae populations infecting symptomatic and asymptomatic hosts in crop rotations,” School of Agriculture and Forestry, ETSIAM, University of Córdoba, Córdoba, Spain. Rafael M. Jimenez-Diaz and María del Mar Jiménez Gasco, thesis co-advisers. June 2014. XII Award "Jose Maria Bergillos" to the best Master Engineering Thesis Dissertation.
  • Jiménez Gasco, M.M., Malcolm, G.M., Bautista-Jalón, L.S., and Gugino, B.K. 2013. Genetic differentiation between Verticillium dahliae populations from asymptomatic and symptomatic hosts. Phytopathology 103:S2.68. American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, Austin, TX. August 10-14, 2013.

Research Areas

Microbe-Host Interactions and Ecosystem Effects

Microbial Ecology and Population Genetics

Microbial Genomics, Evolution and Bioinformatics