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Department of Plant Pathology

November in the News

Faculty Delivers Invited Talk at International Conference

Dr. Mark Mazzola delivered the invited address entitled The Development of Biologically-Based Strategies for the Management of Apple Replant Disease at Interpoma 2012, the 8th biennial international congress on apple, in Bolzano, Italy.  He also participated in the update and review of the European Commission CORE Organic II research project BIO-INCROP: Biodiversity and natural resources for new technologies in organic fruit production, which was held at the Laimburg Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry.

Reviews in the Annual Review of Phytopathology

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Mazzola, adjunct professor in the department, who published two reviews in the Annual Review of Phytopathology (impact factor 10.2) this year:

Mazzola, M., and L.M. Manici. 2012. Apple Replant Disease: Role of Microbial Ecology in Cause and Control. Annual Review of Phytopathology 50: 45-65. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-phyto-081211-173005

Raaijmakers, J.M., and M. Mazzola. 2012. Diversity and Natural Functions of Antibiotics Produced by Beneficial and Plant Pathogenic Bacteria. Annual Review of Phytopathology Vol. 50: 403-424. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-phyto-081211-172908

Dr. Mazzola’s research is focused on the development of biologically-based sustainable methods to enhance overall plant health and control soilborne diseases, with emphasis on organic agro-ecosystems. To address this goal, significant effort is centered on acquiring an understanding of how biotic and abiotic elements of the soil environment affect the structure and function of soil microbial communities. Current investigations include identification of the microbiological elements operating in amendment-induced soilborne disease control, the temporal and spatial dynamics of the microbial response responsible for pathogen suppression, the operative microbial mechanism contributing to the response, and the impact of soil amendments on composition of non-target communities (e.g. protozoa) and ecosystem function (e.g. nitrogen cycling).

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