Dr. SinghRaghuwinder Singh

Assistant Professor

434 Life Sciences Bldg
Baton Rouge, LA 70894
Phone: (225) 578-4562
Fax: (225) 578-1415
Email: RSingh@agcenter.lsu.edu

Curriculum Vitae 

 

Education

D.P.M., Doctor of Plant Medicine, University of Florida, FL, USA, 2004.
M.Sc. Crop Protection, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom, 2001.
Thesis Title: “Effect of temperature on invasion, establishment, and production of Steinernema (PNG) and Heterorhabditis (UAE) in Galleria mellonella.”
B.Sc. Agriculture, Honor’s in Plant Protection, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab, India, 1999.

Areas of Specialization/Research

100% Extension.
Direct the LSU AgCenter Plant Diagnostic Center.
Plant Diagnostics and Management; diagnose plant problems caused by biotic and abiotic causes.

Professional Experience

  • July 2013 – Present Assistant Professor (Plant Diagnostics Specialist), Plant Diagnostic Center, Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA.
  • July 2008 – Present Instructor (Diagnostician), Plant Diagnostic Center, Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA.
  • March 2007 – June 2008 Extension Associate (Diagnostician), Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA.
  • February 2005 – February 2007 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Entomology & Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
  • October 2004 – January 2005 Research Assistant, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
  • October 2002 – August 2004 Graduate Assistant, Plant Disease Clinic, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
  • September 2001 – September 2002 Research Assistant, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Teaching Experience

  • PLHL 8900 Plant Health Diagnostic Internship, Summer Semester.
  • Plant Health Diagnostic Internship, Fall and Spring Semester.
  • Participate in Teaching PLHL 8800 Plant Pathology Practicum.
  • Guest Lecture; PLHL 7054 Mycology, PLHL 7011 Phytobacteriology, PLHL 7040 Plant Virology, PLHL 4001 Plant Disease Management and Control,  PLHL 4000 General Plant Pathology, Hort 4090 Golf Course Maintenance Hort 2022 Installation & Maintenance of Ornamentals in the Landscape II, and Hort 4085 Fruit and Nut Production.
  • Teach Plant Diagnostics to Louisiana Master Gardeners.
  • Extension educational programs.

Professional Society Memberships and Services

  • American Phytopathological Society (APS), Member 2007-present
  • Entomological Society of America, Member 2007-2009
  • APS Diagnostic Committee Chair 2013, Vice Chair 2012
  • APS Plant Pathogen and Disease Detection Committee, Chair 2015, Member 2007-present
  • APS Extension Committee, Member 2013-present
  • Southern Division of APS, Member 2007-present
  • National Plant Diagnostic Network, Member 2007-present
  • Southern Plant Diagnostic Network, Member 2007-present
  • Southern Plant Diagnostic Network Advisory Council, Chair 2011
  • National Clean Plant Network, Tier II governing body, Member 2013-present
  •  Louisiana State Horticulture Society, Member 2007-present
  • Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Grower Association, Member 2013-present
  • Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association, Member 2007-present
  • Louisiana County Agricultural Agents Association, Member 2007-present
  • National Agricultural County Agent Association, Member 2007-present
  • Gamma Sigma Delta, LSU AgCenter, Member 2015-present
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi, Louisiana State University, Member 2016-present
  • Senior Editor, Plant Health Progress Journal

Awards

  • National Agricultural County Agent Association Achievement Award. Sioux Falls, SD. July 12, 2015.
  • Louisiana County Agriculture Agent Association Achievement Award. Monroe, LA. June 2, 2015.
  • LSU AgCenter Floyd Edmiston Award for excellence in planning, implementing and evaluating extension educational programs. Baton Rouge, LA. December 15, 2014.
  • Education Excellence Award. New Orleans Spring Garden Show, New Orleans, LA. April 6, 2013.
  • Honorary Mention for the Plant Health Clinic at the New Orleans Spring Garden Show, New Orleans, LA. April 2, 2011.
  • Honorary Mention for the Plant Health Clinic at the New Orleans Spring Garden Show, New Orleans, LA. April 11, 2010.
  • Awarded Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Services in Support of the Plant Biosecurity Symposium, Southern University and A & M College, Baton Rouge, LA. November 12, 2009.
  • Student Travel Award, Southern Division of American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, Tulsa, OK. February 17, 2004.
  • Doctor of Plant Medicine Fellowship, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 2001-2002.
  • National Merit Scholarship, Punjab, India, 1993-1995.

Grants

Current ($311,470)

  • $98,670 United States Department of Agriculture Farm Bill 2015: Survey of the distribution of Palm diseases caused by phytoplasmas in Louisiana.
  • $134,000 Tabasco Pepper Improvement grant: Mcllheny Company grant to improve Tabasco pepper production.
  • $25,000 Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry CAPS grant: Survey of citrus insects and diseases in Louisiana.
  • $25,300 National Clean Plant Network grant: Citrus Clean Plant project.
  • $25,000 Southern Plant Diagnostic Network grant: NPDN food and agriculture initiative.
  • $3,500 Sudden Oak Death grant: LDAF sudden death oak detection survey.

Previous ($515,985)

From 2008 to 2014 (National Plant Diagnostic Network, $225,000; Citrus and Insect Disease Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey, 100,000; Louisiana Specialty Crop Grant, $61,650; Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, $51,435; Revenue Generated from Plant Samples, $52,000; Citrus Clean Plant Network, $20,900; PDC Internship Sponsored by Dr. Grady Coburn, $5,000).

Publications

Research Publications

  • Price, T., Singh, R., and Fromme, D. 2015. First Report of Target Spot Caused by Corynespora cassiicola in Louisiana Cotton. Plant Health Progress Vol. 16 (4): 223-224.
  • Singh, R., Price, T., Pagett, B., and Burks, T. 2015. First Report of Sudden Death Syndrome of Soybean Caused by Fusarium virguliforme in Louisiana. Plant health Progress Vol. 16 (4): 163-164.
  • Singh, R., Graney, L., and Williamson, M. 2015. First Report of Boxwood Dieback caused by Colletotrichum theobromicola in the United States. Plant Dis. Vol. 99 (9): 1274.
  • Singh, R., Hollier, C., Burks, T., and Frazier, R. 2015. First Report of Goss’s Wilt Caused by Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. nebraskensis in Louisiana. Plant Dis. Vol. 99 (9): 1268.
  • Hollier, C., and Singh, R. 2014. Goss’s Wilt: A new Corn Disease in Louisiana. Louisiana Agriculture Vol. 57 (3): 28.
  • Singh, R. 2014. Citrus canker and its impact on Louisiana’s citrus industry. Louisiana Agriculture Vol. 57 (1): 30-31.
  • Guan, W., Shao, J., Singh, R., Davis, R., and Huang, Q. 2013. A TaqMan-based real time PCR assay for specific detection and quantification of Xylella fastidiosa strains causing bacterial leaf scorch in oleander. Journal of Microbiological Methods Vol. 92: 108-112.
  • da Silva, W., and Singh, R. 2012. First report of Alternaria alternata causing leaf spot on Aloe vera in Louisiana. Plant Dis. Vol. 96 (9): 1379.
  • Singh, R., and Ferrin, D. 2012. First report of stem and foliar blight of sunflower caused by Alternariaster helianthi in Louisiana. Plant Dis. Vol. 96 (5): 761.
  • Valverde, R., Singh, R., and Sabanadzovic, S. 2012. Detection and identification of Clerodendron golden mosaic China virus in Salvia splendens. Eur J Plant Pathol Vol. 133 (3): 499-503.
  • Singh, R., Castro, A., Ferrin, D., Harris, R., and Olson, B. 2011. First report of Fusarium wilt of Canary Island date palm caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. canariensis in Louisiana. Plant Dis. Vol. 95 (9): 1192.
  • Singh, R., Ferrin, D., and Huang, Q. 2010. First report of Xylella fastidiosa associated with oleander leaf scorch in Louisiana. Plant Dis. Vol. 94 (2): 274.
  • Hoy, M. A., Singh, R., and Rogers, M. E.  2010. Evaluation of a novel isolate of Isaria fumosoroea for control of the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Psyllidae). Florida Entomologist Vol. 93 (1): 24-32.
  • Singh, R., Ferrin, D., and Aime, M. C. 2009. First report of powdery mildew caused by Podosphaera xanthii on Sechium edule in the United States. Plant Dis. Vol. 93 (12): 1348.
  • Srinivasan, R., Hoy, M. A., Singh, R., and Rogers, M. E. 2008. Laboratory and field evaluations of silwet L-77 and kinetic alone and in combination with imidacloprid and abamectin for the management of the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Psyllidae). Florida Entomologist Vol. 91 (1): 87-100.
  • Meyer, J. M., Hoy, M. A., and Singh, R. 2007. Low incidence of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus in Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Psyllidae) populations between Nov 2005 and Jan 2006: Relevance to management of citrus greening disease in Florida. Florida Entomologist Vol. 90 (2): 394-397.
  • Hoy, M. A., Singh, R., and Rogers, M. E. 2007. Citrus leafminer, Phyllocnistis citrella (Lepidoptera: Gracillaridae), and natural enemy dynamics in central Florida during 2005. Florida Entomologist Vol. 90 (2): 358-369.
  • Singh, R., and Hoy, M. A. 2007. Tools for evaluating Lipolexis oregmae (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae) in the field: Effects of host aphid and host plant on mummy location and color plus improved methods for obtaining adults. Florida Entomologist Vol. 90 (1): 214-222.
  • Meyer, J. M., Hoy, M. A., Singh, R., and Rogers, M. E. 2007. Friendly fungi killing psyllids in Florida citrus. Citrus Industry Vol. 88 (5): 23.

Extension Publications

Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publications
  • Singh, R. Owings, A., Morgan, A., and Vaughn, A. 2016. Home Citrus Production Guide. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 1234 (revised).
  • Singh R. 2015. Plant Diagnostic Center Serves Louisiana. Louisianan Agriculture Vol. 58 (4): 26.
  • Singh, R., Owings, A., and Morgan, J. 2015. Rose Disease Found for First Time in Louisiana. Louisiana Agriculture Vol. 58 (4): 27.
  • Singh, R. 2015. Bacterial Gall on Loropetalum. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3479.
  • Singh, R. 2015. Fusarium Wilt of Canary Island Date Palm. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3472.
  • Singh, R. 2015. Take-All Root Rot. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3161 (revised).
  • Singh, R. 2015. Ball Moss. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3481.
  • Singh, R. 2015. Lichens. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3423.
  • Singh, R., and Roussel, C. 2015. Bitter Rot of Apples. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3420.
  • Singh, R. 2015. Sweet Olive Leaf Scorch. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3368.
  • Co-author, 2015. Plant Disease Management Guide. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 1802.
  • Co-author, 2014. Louisiana Home Vegetable Gardening. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3000.
  • Singh, R., and Owings, A. 2014. Boxwood Blight. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3361.
  • Singh, R. 2014. Citrus Greening. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3359.
  • Singh, R. 2014. Sweet Basil Downy Mildew. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3358.
  • Singh, R., and Owings, A. 2014. Rose Rosette Disease.  Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3355.
  • Singh, R. 2014. Plant Diagnostic Center 2012 and 2013 Progress Report. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication Misc-107.
  • Co-author, 2014. Plant Disease Management Guide. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 1802.
  • Singh, R. 2014. Texas Phoenix Palm Decline Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3351.
  • Singh, R. 2013. Citrus Canker.  Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3269.
  • Singh, R. 2012. Plant Diagnostic Center Report 2010 and 2011. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication MISC-90.
    Singh, R. 2012. Chapter 4, the Plant Diagnostic Center; in the Plant Disease Management Guide.  Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 1802.
  • Singh, R., and Ferrin, D. 2011. Sweet Orange Scab and Citrus Scab Disease Identification Card. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3215.
  • Singh, R., and Ferrin, D. 2011. Plant Diagnostic Center Brochure. LSU AgCenter Publication MISC-41.
  • Singh, R., and Ferrin, D. 2011. Rapid Turfgrass Diagnostics Brochure. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication -42.
  • Singh, R. 2011. Plant Diagnostic Center Report 2009 and 2010. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication.
  • Singh, R., and Ferrin, D. 2010. Powdery Mildew of Mirliton. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3181.
  • Singh, R., and Ferrin, D.  2010. Oleander Leaf Scorch.  Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3144.
  • Overstreet, C., McGawley, E. C., Hollier, C. A., Ferrin, D., and Singh, R. 2010. Strategies for Sampling Plant-Parasitic Nematodes in Field Crops. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication 3143.
  • Ferrin, D., and Singh, R. 2009. Leaf and Crown Rot of Liriope. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication.
  • Singh, R. 2009. Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic report 2007 and 2008. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Publication.

Ornamental Horticulture Newsletters Publication

  • Singh, R., and Owings, A. 2015. Rose rosette disease conformed in Louisiana. Louisiana State Horticulture Society Newsletter Vol. 1 (6): 5-6.
  • Singh, R. 2015. Loropetalum Stem Gall. Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association Quarterly Newsletter Vol. 52: 12.
  • Singh, R. 2015. Rose rosette disease detected in Louisiana. NPDN Newsletter Vol. 10: 6.
  • Singh, R. 2015. Take-all Patch. Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association Quarterly Newsletter Vol. 51: 12.
  • Singh, R. 2015. Boxwood Blight. Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association Quarterly Newsletter Vol. 50: 12.
  • Singh, R. 2015. Sweet Olive Leaf Scorch. Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association Quarterly Newsletter Vol. 49: 12.
  • Singh, R. 2015. New Boxwood Disease Documented in U.S. Louisiana State Horticulture Society Journal Vol. 10: 36.
  • Singh, R. 2014. Boxwood Dieback. Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association Quarterly Newsletter Vol. 48: 19.
  • Singh, R. 2014. Important New Disease Diagnosed in Boxwood. LSU AgCenter Ornamental Horticulture E-News Update. September 2014.
  • Singh, R. 2014. Citrus Greening. Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association Quarterly Newsletter Vol. 47: 17.
  • Singh, R. 2014. Rose Rosette Disease. Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association Quarterly Newsletter Vol. 46: 17.
  • Singh, R. 2014. Texas Phoenix Palm Decline. Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association Quarterly Newsletter Vol. 45: 17.
  • Singh, R., and Owings, A. 2014. Get the Facts About Rose Rosette Disease. LSU AgCenter Ornamental Horticulture E-News Update. February 2014.
  • Singh, R. 2014. Texas Phoenix Palm Decline Confirmed in Louisiana. National Plant Diagnostic Network Newsletter Vol. 9: 1.
  • Singh, R. 2014. Texas Phoenix Palm Decline Found for First Time in New Orleans. LSU AgCenter Ornamental Horticulture E-News Update. January 2014.
  • Singh, R. 2014. Leaf and Crown Rot of Liriope. Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association Quarterly Newsletter Vol. 44: 1.
  • Singh, R. 2013. Citrus Canker. Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association Quarterly Newsletter Vol. 43: 3.
  • Singh, R. 2013. Armillaria Root Rot of Roses. Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association Quarterly Newsletter Vol. 42: 2.
  • Singh, R. 2012. Armillaria Root Rot of ‘Knock Out’ Roses. Tri County Rose Society Bud n Bloom Quarterly Newsletter. June, 2012.

Selected Abstracts

  • Herrera, C., Bush, E., Kuehny, J., and Singh, R. 2014. Isolating Crown Rot Disease Organisms in a Nursery Production System. American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Meeting. Orlando, Florida, July 28-30, 2014.
  • Singh, R., Hardy, T. N., and Spitzer, W. E. 2014. Citrus canker: another hurricane for Louisiana’s citrus industry. Southern Division of American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting. Dallas, Texas. February 1-3, 2014.
  • Hollier C., Singh, R., and Frazier, R. L. 2014. Goss’s Wilt in Louisiana: Incidence, Severity, and Loss. Southern Division of American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting. Dallas, Texas. February 1-3, 2014.
  • Caldera, M., Ham, J., and Singh, R. 2013. Development of a Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification for Detection of Burkholderia glumae. American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting. Austin, Texas. August 8-14, 2013.
  • Walsh, S., Johnson, S., and Singh, R. 2013. Use of commercial food grade cinnamon products to control fungal growth in vitro. American Society of Horticulture Science National Conference. Palm Desert, California. July 21-26, 2013.
  • Valverde, R., Sabanadzovic, S., and Singh, R. 2011. Detection of the begomovirus Clerodendrum golden mosaic China virus in Salvia splendens cv. Dancing Flame. Phytopathology 101:S181.
  • Singh, R., and McGovern, R. J. 2004. Evaluation of fungicide combinations for reduction of Fusarium infection in Caladium tubers. 2004 Southern Division of APS meeting abstracts. Publication no. P-2004-0049-SOA. (http://www.apsnet.org/meetings/div/so04abs.asp).