M.Sc. 2010; Plant Pathology; Michigan State University, Advisor: Dr. Joseph M. Vargas Jr.
Thesis: Biology and pathogenicity factors of S. homoeocarpa and the effects of lightweight rolling on dollar spot disease incidence in creeping bentgrass putting greens.
B.S. 2008; Crop and Soil Sciences; Michigan State University
Current Project: Occurrence and identification of an emerging bacterial disease on creeping bentgrass caused by Acidovorax avenae subsp. avenae. I am working to characterize both the epidemiology and infection mechanisms on turfgrass, as well as study the genetic divergence of the pathogen from other well known plant pathogenic Acidovorax species.
Cultural, chemical, and molecular plant disease management, soil microbiology, plant-microbe interactions, epidemiology, innovative extension and education, turfgrass management
Recent Awards and Honors
2011 The CSSA G.O. Mott Meritorious Graduate Student Award
2011 PSGSRS Oral Presentation Competition Winner (MSU)
2011 GCSAA Student Essay Competition Scholarship Recipient
2010 The James and Harriet Beard Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship
Giordano, P. R.,J. M. Vargas Jr., T. A. Nikolai, and R. Hammerschmidt. 2011. Timing and frequency effects of lightweight rolling on dollar spot disease in creeping bentgrass putting greens. Crop Science (in press).
Giordano, P. R. , J. M. Vargas, Jr., A. R. Detweiler, N. M. Dykema, and L. Yan. 2010. First report of a bacterial disease on creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera), caused by Acidovorax spp. in the United States. Plant Disease. 94:922.