Winterberry hollies produce a striking and persistent display of brilliant red winter berries. Cut woody stems of this plant are sold as holiday ornaments and represent an important source of revenue for the Ohio horticulture industry. Since 2012, several nursery growers in Ohio, New York, Maryland, and Massachusetts have been experiencing severe economic losses due to a fruit rot of unspecified etiology that rendered the plants unsalable. As very little is known about the characteristics of fruit rot of winterberry holly, my research focuses on biology, epidemiology of fungal pathogens associated with fruit rot of winterberry to develop appropriate management strategies to control the disease
F, Peduto Hand, Shan Lin (presenter), N. Taylor. Fungal Diseases technical session. Identifying sources of inoculum and timing of tissue infection by fungal pathogens associated with winterberry fruit rot. Oral presentation, American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, July 30-Aug. 3, 2016, Tampa, Florida.
Lin, S., Peduto Hand, F., Taylor, N. J., and Zondag, R. H. 2015. Understanding the emerging fruit rot disease of Winterberry holly. Poster presentation and Poster Huddle, 2015 American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, Pasadena, CA. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 105(Suppl. 4):S4.109.
Honors and Awards
1st place, student poster section, Fruit Rot of Winterberries: A New Threat to Ohio’s Nursery Industry. Ohio State University Extension Annual Conference, Dec. 9, 2014, Columbus, Ohio.
Plant Pathology, A.J. Hoffman award (undergraduate)
CFAES Outstanding Internship Award, Plant Pathology
Plant Pathology Graduate Students Association
Plant Sale Chair, Columbus, 2014-2015
Travel Award Committee
Plant Sale Commitee, Columbus, 2013-2014
American Phytopathological Society, member
Graduate Students Committee, member
Student assistant, Francesca Peduto Hand Laboratory, 2013
Student assistant, Thomas K. Mitchell, Plant Pathology, 2012
Student staff, Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens, and with Dr. Claudio Pasian, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
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