Research in the Horticultural Crops Pathology Laboratory focuses on the development and integration of economical and sustainable strategies for plant disease management and food safety practices in vegetables and other horticultural crops. Through the use of mental models, operation risk assessments, expert elicitations and scoping or systematic reviews, effective communication and information exchange strategies specific to horticultural producers in Louisiana and surrounding states are being developed with this newly obtained knowledge.
Current Research Projects
Development of alternative strategies for managing bacterial leaf spot of pepper.
Identification of novel strategies to manage basil downy mildew.
Operational risk assessment and expert elicitation of risk factors for microbial contamination in the tomato greenhouse production chain.
Development of an interactive best management practices guide for tomato transplant production.
Development of an educational outreach program for Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs).
Development of co-management sanitation practices to mitigate the risk of Xanthomonas gardneri, Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis and Salmonella spp. in pelleted tomato seed.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture