Recent Publications

May 23, 2018

Verticillium dahliae is a plant pathogenic fungus that reproduces asexually and its population structure is highly clonal.

May 23, 2018

Apple scab caused by Venturia inaequalis is the most destructive disease of apple worldwide. In this study, genetic diversity of 101 V. inaequalis isolates from cultivated apples and ornamental crabapples in Pennsylvania (PA, USA) was characterized using 14 microsatellite markers.

May 15, 2018

Some volatile compounds (VCs) play critical roles in intra- and inter-species interactions. To investigate roles of VCs in fungal ecology, we characterized how VCs produced by Verticillium, a group of broad host range soilborne fungal pathogens, affect plant growth and development.

May 14, 2018

Volatile compounds (VCs) produced by diverse microbes seem to affect plant growth, development and/or stress tolerance.

May 14, 2018

Impatiens necrotic spot orthotospovirus (INSV) can impact economically important ornamental plants and vegetables worldwide.

May 1, 2018

The role of herbivore-associated microbes in mediating plant–herbivore interactions has gained recent attention. We show that a parasitoid associated with its caterpillar host not only suppresses the immune system of the caterpillar but also suppresses the induced defenses of the caterpillar’s host plant.

April 23, 2018

Foliar fungicide use in hybrid maize in the United States was rare before 2000. The decade from 2000 to 2010 saw foliar fungicides increasingly applied to maize in the absence of appreciable disease pressure, a practice seemingly at odds with integrated pest management philosophy.

April 18, 2018

Pseudomonas is a large and diverse genus of Gammaproteobacteria. To provide a framework for discovery of evolutionary and taxonomic relationships of these bacteria, we compared the genomes of type strains of 163 species and 3 additional subspecies of Pseudomonas, including 118 genomes sequenced herein.

April 11, 2018

During the investigation of the sudden and early onset of yellowing, followed by mortality of American elm (Ulmus americana L.) trees at the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station in Delaware, Ohio, a phytoplasma of the clover proliferation group (16SrVI) was detected as the putative causal agent of the disease outbreak.

March 27, 2018

Arugula (Eruca sativa) is a leafy crucifer that is grown in coastal California as a fresh market commodity in bagged salad mixes. In January 2016, a foliar disease developed on commercially produced arugula in the Salinas Valley (Monterey County).

March 27, 2018

Rhizobacteria promote plant growth and disease control. However, in crop management practices cultivar and environmental conditions may also interfere with diseases outcome.

March 12, 2018

Cultivable land and productivity have been globally reduced as a result of industrialization and abiotic stresses (Gamalero et al. 2009). Drought, for instance, plays a major role in reducing plant growth parameters and also negatively interferes with plants’ physiology by causing losses in CO2 accumulation and then reducing photosynthetic rate or the photochemical efficiency (Muller et al. 2011; Sadeghipour and Abbasi 2012).

January 18, 2018

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced by microorganisms are potential alternatives for the development of new nematicides.

January 18, 2018

We aimed to unravel the events which favor the seed-rhizobacterium Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain ALB629 (hereafter ALB629) interaction and which may interfere with the rhizobacterium colonization and growth on the spermosphere of common bean.

November 22, 2017

Roles of three Fusarium graminearum membrane Ca2+ channels in the formation of Ca2+ signatures, growth, development, pathogenicity, and mycotoxin production

November 22, 2017

Genetic diversity and virulence of wheat and barley strains of Xanthomonas translucens from the Upper Midwestern United States

October 24, 2017

Corrigendum: Modified lipid extraction methods for deep subsurface shale

October 19, 2017

Distribution and diversity of begomoviruses in tomato and sweet pepper plants in Costa Rica

September 28, 2017

The privileges and opportunities of a research sabbatical

September 27, 2017

Elm yellows: a widespread and overlooked killer of elm trees across the United States