My academic interest is in the applied plant pathology and plant disease epidemiology. Using various statistical and analytical tools, behaviors of a pathogen in the field can be characterized, and the information can be used for the development of biologically, environmentally, and economically sound disease management tools. At Virginia Tech, I engage in a range of research and extension activities, including exploration of cultural and chemical means of disease management, fungicide and fungicide-alternative testing, variety susceptibility evaluation, and development of novel diagnostic tools.
Current research includes:
- Study of infection process of ripe rot of grape caused by Colletotrichum species complexes
- Investigations on a biological-control agent Rhizobium vitis ARK-1 against crown gall of grape
- Development of web-based disease risk assessment tools for grape and apple diseases in Virginia
- Investigations on trunk diseases management
- Epidemiological studies of grapevine leafroll associated virus and its vectors
- Development of organic wine grape disease management strategies
- Fungicide efficacy evaluations.
Please see below for more detailed information on my research activities.