Plant Pathologist, Academic Specialist
Ph.D.Center for Integrated Plant Systems
578 Wilson Road, Room 107
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 355-3504
B.S., Cornell University, Plant Science
M.S., Michigan State University, Plant Pathology
Ph.D., Michigan State University, Plant Pathology
General areas of expertise:
Plant disease diagnosis
Evaluation of abiotic factors that affect plant health
- Phytophthora ramorum detection
Overview of current program:
Additionally, I enjoy collaborations with my department colleagues that allow us to recognize and address challenges to Michigan’s agriculture. Through some of these collaborations we have implemented molecular-based diagnostic techniques that were developed in research programs and augment traditional methods.
As part of a federal program, I receive samples for Phytophthora ramorum testing. While not currently present in Michigan, this is an extremely destructive pathogen and is a potential threat to Michigan’s forests and nursery industry.
Michigan States’ Diagnostic Services Lab is the regional center for the North Central Plant Diagnostic Network. As such I work closely with our network of diagnosticians to promote continued collaboration and training for diagnosticians.
Publications (most recent):
H. Y. Yun, A. Y. Rossman, and J. Byrne. First Report of Gymnosporangium sabinae, European Pear Rust, on Bradford Pear in Michigan. Plant Disease 2009 93:8, 841-841.
J. Stack, K. Cardwell, R. Hammerschmidt, J. Byrne, R. Loria, K. Snover-Clift, W. Baldwin, G. Wisler, H. Beck, R. Bostock, C. Thomas, and E. Luke. The National Plant Diagnostic Network. Plant Disease 2006 90:2, 128-136