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Plant Pathology Spring Seminar Series

Blueberry Building Classroom 131 or Online – Time: 4:05 PM - (Period 9).

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January 17

Melissa Irizarry

PDC Lab Manager and Head Diagnostician

Plant Pathology

University of Florida

Detection and management of disease in greenhouse grown watermelon transplants

January 24

Ian Small

Assistant Professor

Plant Pathology/NFREC

University of Florida

Phenotyping of plant diseases and advances in precision crop protection

January 31

Amirudeen Abdul Kader Jailani 

Postdoctoral Associate 

Plant Pathology/NFREC 

University of Florida 

Field-based rapid detection of plant viruses by recombinase polymerase amplification   

February 7

Nabil Killiny 

Associate Professor 

Plant Pathology/CREC 

University of Florida

Compatibility and chemistry in the relationship between ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’ and its vector Diaphorina citri 

February 14

Alumni Career Panel Industry and Academic Career Paths

February 21

Daniele Schiavi 

Dept of Agriculture and Forest Sciences 

University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy

Nanotechnology in Crop Protection.  

A successful collaboration between Italy and USA 


February 28

Ina Schlathoelter 

Postdoctoral Associate 

Plant Pathology 

University of Florida

Addressing challenges of breeding for disease resistance in woody perennial crops – examples from apple, pine, and cacao  

March 7

Ashish Adhikari 

Postdoctoral Associate 

Plant Pathology 

University of Florida 

Bipolaris species associated with foliar diseases on invasive and weedy grasses and their suppression by Cladosporium 

March 14

Spring Break  No Seminar

March 21

Remco Stam 


Institute for Phytopathology 

Christian Albrechts University Kiel  

Zoom only: Populations of a wild tomato species reveal diversity in defense mechanisms  

March 28

Jonathan Griffiths 

Research Scientist 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 

Zoom only: Metagenomics based monitoring of plant viruses in Canadian agricultural fruit production systems through honey bee pollination 

April 4

Marcos Caiafa 

Postdoctoral Associate 

Microbiology and Plant Pathology 

University of California, Riverside 

Distinct fungal and bacterial responses to fire severity across a ten-year wildfire chronosequence in beetle-killed lodgepole pine forests 

April 11

Gitta Coaker 


Department of Plant Pathology 

University of California, Davis  

The interaction between bacterial pathogens and their plant hosts 

April 18

Ben Lemmond 

PhD Candidate

Plant Pathology

University of Florida

There's treasure everywhere: taxonomic and ecological updates for North American edible truffles

April 25

Karina Peres Gramacho

Forest Pathology

Cocoa Research Center - CEPEC/CEPLAC

Itabuna, Bahia, Brazil

Exploring the population structure, genome evolution, and virulence mechanisms of M. perniciosa, the causal agent of the witches' broom disease of cacao