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Amanda M. Mainello

  • M.S. Student
  • Vice President, Plant Pathology Association (PPA)
  • Co-advised by: Drs. Carolee Bull and Beth Gugino
Amanda M. Mainello
216 Buckhout Lab
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-0565
Fax: 814-863-7217

Areas of Expertise

  • Phytobacteriology
  • Agricultural Policy

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Education

  1. B.A., Biology, St. Mary's College of Maryland
  2. B.A., Public Policy, St. Mary's College of Maryland
My research focuses on determining the bacterial species associated with potato blackleg and soft rot disease in Pennsylvania potatoes. To do this, I'm using a culture-based method to collect isolates from symptomatic potatoes and using whole genome sequencing to identify isolates to the species level. I'll be taking a shotgun metagenomics approach to further evaluate the variety of species associated with disease. 
 
Beyond the lab, I'm interested in exploring how we can better integrate our science knowledge to meet our agricultural policy goals in an effort to strengthen our food system and minimize our environmental footprint. 
 
 
Presentations
Third Annual Microbiome Center Networking Event (October 2018), The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Poster title: Survey of pectolytic bacteria causing blackleg and soft rot in Pennsylvania potatoes
International Congress of Plant Pathology (August 2018), International Society for Plant Pathology and American Phytopathological Society, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Poster title: Survey of pectolytic bacteria causing blackleg and soft rot in Pennsylvania potatoes
Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology Department Seminar (April 2018), The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Seminar title: The Bad Seed: The horror of seedborne pathogens
Second Annual Microbiome Center Networking Event (October 2017), The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Poster title: When the Chips are Down: Pennsylvania potatoes face new pathogens