PPWS faculty members conduct research and train graduate students and postdoctoral associates in multiple areas in our three disciplines of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science. Faculty members are located on-campus in Blacksburg and at five Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Centers (ARECs) around the Commonwealth:

Plant Pathology
Molecular plant-microbe interactions John McDowell, Xiaofeng Wang, Boris Vinatzer
Plant resistance genes and gene engineering Elizabeth Grabau, John McDowell
Plant and Microbial genomics David Haak,  Boris Vinatzer
Biosecurity and Aerobiology David Schmale, Boris Vinatzer
Mycotoxicology David Schmale
Turfgrass pathology and disease management David McCall
Grape and fruit tree pathology Anton Baudoin, Mizuho Nita, Keith Yoder
Taxonomy, evolution and ecology of plant parasitic nematodes Jonathan Eisenback
Vegetable disease management and food safety Steven Rideout
Disease management in nursery plants and irrigation water Chuanxue Hong
Disease control in tobacco and small fruits Charles Johnson
Disease control in agronomic crops Hillary Mehl
Plant Physiology
Molecular evolution of plant metabolism John Jelesko
Plant genomics and visualization tools for systems biology Ruth Grene
Drought stress Maria Balota, Ruth Grene
Metabolic engineering of plant alkaloids John Jelesko
Seed metabolism Eva Collakova, Ruth Grene
Regulation of amino acid transport and metabolism Guillaume Pilot
Weed Science
Ecology of invasive species Jacob Barney
Parasitic plants James Westwood
Herbicide movement and metabolism in turfgrass and weeds Shawn Askew
Biology and ecology of weed interactions in turfgrass and noncrop areas Shawn Askew
Weed management in nursery plants Jeffrey Derr
Weed control in agronomic crops and pastures Michael Flessner, Charles Cahoon

Recent Publications

Flessner, M., McElroy, J., & McCurdy, J. (2017). Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua) Control with Methiozolin and Nutrient Tank-Mixtures. Weed Technology, 1-8. doi:10.1017/wet.2017.40

Coluzza I, Creamean J, Rossi MJ, Wex H, Alpert PA, Bianco V, Boose Y, Dellago C, Felgitsch L, Fröhlich-Nowoisky J, Herrmann H, Jungblut S, Kanji ZA, Menzl G, Moffett B, Moritz C, Mutzel A, Pöschl U, Schauperl M, Scheel J, Stopelli E, Stratmann F, Grothe H, Schmale DG. Perspectives on the Future of Ice Nucleation Research: Research Needs and Unanswered Questions Identified from Two International Workshops. Atmosphere. 2017; 8(8):138.

Clarke CR, Hayes BW, Runde BJ, Markel E, Swingle BM, Vinatzer BA. (2016) Comparative genomics of Pseudomonas syringae pathovar tomato reveals novel chemotaxis pathways associated with motility and plant pathogenicity.  PeerJ 4:e2570  

 Yang, Z., Zhang, Y., Wafula, E. K., Honaas, L. A., Ralph, P. E., Jones, S., Clarke, C.R., ...... Westwood, J.H., Depamphilis, C. W. (2016). Horizontal gene transfer is more frequent with increased heterotrophy and contributes to parasite adaptation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201608765. doi:10.1073/pnas.1608765113 

Park SY (corresponding author), Grabau E. 2016. Differential isoform expression and protein localization from alternatively spliced Apetala2 in peanut under drought stress. Journal of Plant Physiology. 30;206:98-102.