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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

Lewis Ivey, M.L. and Miller, S.A., Sanitizing Tomato Seed Treatments to Address Two Emerging Trends in Ohio: Pelleted Seed and Human Pathogen-free Seed. ODA Specialty Crop Block Grant. October 1, 2013-September 31, 2015. $86384

Jasinkski, J.R., Welte, C., Lewis Ivey, M.L. ($30 000), Miller, S.A., Dorrance, A. et al. Extension Integrated Pest Management Coordination and Support Program; 2013-2016, $863154.

Miller, S.A., Xu, X., and Lewis Ivey, M.L. Reliable and sensitive detection of Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis and Salmonella enterica in tomato greenhouse irrigation water. BC Greenhouse Growers' Association Research Project
Growing Forward 2; 2013-2015, $77092.

Lewis Ivey, M.L. and Miller, S.A. Identification of Seed Treatments to Manage Bacterial Plant and Human Pathogens on Tomato. Ohio Vegetable and Small Fruit Research & Development Program (OVSFRDP); 2013, $3400.



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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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