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Plant Pathology

The UMass Amherst Cranberry Station is pleased to announce that Dr. Erika Saalau-Rojas has joined our staff as Plant Pathologist.

Dr. Erika Saalau Rojas grew up in San Jose, Costa Rica and received her B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Costa Rica in 2006.

In 2008, she relocated to Iowa and earned her Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Plant Pathology. Her research on the basic ecology and biology of the disease complex of a bacterial pathogen of cucurbits, focused on improving disease management for growers.

Erika is currently the plant pathology diagnostician and extension specialist for the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic where she has been responsible for diagnosing plant problems in a wide range of crops for homeowners and commercial growers across Iowa. As part of the Iowa statewide IPM program she has developed and shared information about plant disease identification and management through online publications, conference presentations, workshops, and hands-on training sessions. Erika be conducting research and providing outreach on plant diseases of cranberries.

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See Also: Dr. Erika Saalau-Rojas Bio



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