Job Summary: Participation in a collaborative project involving epidemiology of white mold on lima bean. Overall research will improve our knowledge of the epidemiology of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in the mid-Atlantic Phaseolus lunatus cropping system and enhance strategies to monitor and control white mold. Specific methods will be through the development of risk assessment guidelines for Delaware and Maryland production fields, and for the application of biofungicide Coniothyrium minitans (Contans). The efficacy and multi-year benefit of the Contans, if any, will be demonstrated. The researcher will develop a fungicide disease response curve to inform growers on optimum spray times.
Duties and Responsibilities: A large part of the research will be conducted in the field, but lab and greenhouse research will also be conducted. Regular travel will be required to collaborate with faculty at UM, College Park and UD, Newark Delaware. Other travel is also required.
Qualifications: Ph.D. in a plant pathology related field and an interest in working at the interface between plant epidemiology and extension.