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Melanie L. Lewis Ivey
Assistant Professor

302 Life Sciences Bldg.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-8537
Fax: (225) 578-1415


B.Sc. Microbiology, The University of Guelph, 1996 
M.Sc. Plant Sciences, The University of Western Ontario, 1998
PhD. Plant pathology, The Ohio State University, 2011

Areas of Specialization/Research

  1. Development and integration of economical and sustainable strategies for plant disease management and food safety practices in vegetables and other horticultural crops.

  2. Development of effective communication and information exchange strategies, specific to horticultural producers in Louisiana and surrounding states, through the use of mental models, operation risk assessments, expert elicitations and scoping or systematic reviews.

Current Research and Extension Outreach Activities

  1. Operational risk assessment and expert elicitation of risk factors for microbial contamination in the tomato greenhouse production chain.

  2. Development of co-management sanitation practices to mitigate the risk of Xanthomonas gardneri, Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis and Salmonella spp. in pelleted tomato seed.

  3. Development of an interactive best management practices guide for vegetable transplant production.

Active Grants

  1. Louisiana Board of Regents Enhancement Program, Enhancing Plant Health and Food Safety Research and Teaching Capabilities in Louisiana $131 887, 2015-2016.

  2. IR-4 Program, Fungicides and Bactericides for Bacterial Leaf Spot Management in Bell Pepper and Tomato $9000, 2015.

  3. PQ-Certis Corporation, Effect of Silicon on bell Pepper health and bacterial leaf Spot Disease Management $12 000, 2015-2016.

  4. NIFA-IPM, IPM Implementation for Specialty Crops $120 000, 2014-2017.

  5. LDAF Specialty Crop Block Grant, Enhancing La Growers Food Safety Awareness and Market Opportunities through GAP/GHP $112 385, 2014-2016.


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Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology
302 Life Science Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803 
(225) 578-1464

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