JimenezAlejandra Jimenez

Graduate Student
Email: AJimenezMadrid@agcenter.lsu.edu
M
ajor Professors: Dr. Melanie Lewis Ivey and Dr. Christopher Clark

Education:

2015 – Current: Master Student in Plant Pathology, Louisiana State University (LSU), Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology, Horticultural Crops Pathology Laboratory.

2008 – 2011: Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environment Management at Universidad Nacional de Agricultura, Honduras (UNA).

 

Current Research Focus:

Ralstonia solanacearum, the causative agent of bacterial wilt of tomato, can cause severe economic losses to tomato growers in Louisiana. Traditional management tactics such as soil fumigation and crop rotation are ineffective and resistance varieties lack durability and have unfavorable horticultural traits.  In addition, resistant varieties are strain specific and may not be effective in all regions of the southeastern United States. In order to search an effective strategy for managing bacterial wilt in Louisiana, grafting with select Core-TEP resistant rootstock lines will be evaluated on popular tomato varieties grown in Louisiana. Furthermore, Louisiana grower’s willingness to use grafted plants or other alternative practices to manage bacterial wilt will be identified.

Professional Experience:

May 2014 – Nov. 2014: Internship at the AgCenter, Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Louisiana State University. Horticultural Crops Pathology Laboratory

Jun. 2011- Aug. 2011: Internship at Range Cattle Research and Education Center, University Of Florida.

Jan. 2012-April 2014: Specialist in gender equity and environmental management at the National Institute of Women, Honduras.

Honors and Awards:

2008-2009 Certificate of Recognition: for obtaining the First Place in Disciplinary Performance, Laboratory of Field and Academic Performance in Natural Resources and Environment Management degree. Universidad Nacional de Agricultura, Honduras.

2011 Certificate of Recognition: for obtaining the First Place in Laboratory of Field and Academic Performance in Natural Resources and Environment Management degree. Universidad Nacional de Agricultura, Honduras.

2011 Certificate of participation in an internship research on "Capture and Distribution of Soil Organic Carbon". Soil Science Laboratory at Range Cattle Research and Education Center, University of Florida, USA.

2012 Diploma in Gender Violence, Institute of Democracy, Peace and Security. National Autonomous University of Honduras.

Other Activities:

2015 – 2016: Active member of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology Graduate Student Association (PPCP-GSA)

Publications:

Jiménez, A.M., Reyes, J.T., Silveira, M.L. 2011. Capture and Distribution of Soil Organic Carbon under Different Systems of Pasture Management. Florida Cooperative Extension Service, IFAS, University of Florida. SL363