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Jeffrey W. Hoy

302 Life Sciences Bldg.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-1464
Fax: (225) 578-1415


B.A. in History, Hendrix College, Conway AR - 1974
M.S. in Plant Pathology, University of Arkansas - 1978
Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, University of California at Davis - 1983

Areas of Specialization/Research/Extension

Pathogens and diseases affecting sugarcane, all aspects of disease management, conventional and molecular selection for host plant resistance, Pythium, and changes in soil microbial communities associated with sugarcane monoculture. Cooperative extension effort (25%) for sugarcane pathology educational programs.

Project LAB94070: Biology and Control of Sugarcane Diseases (10/1/2010 - 9/30/2015)

  1. To improve understanding of the biology of sugarcane diseases and improve management practices

  2. To evaluate resistance to diseases as part of the sugarcane variety development program

  3. To evaluate the impact of brown rust and develop appropriate management practices

  4. To gain an understanding of the molecular basis of resistance to leaf scald and investigate molecular markers for resistance selection

  5. To minimize the impact of ratoon stunting, yellow leaf, and other systemic diseases through support for certified seedcane programs and infection monitoring

I have a commodity-based pathology research program. Sugarcane is an important commodity in Louisiana with an estimated economic impact of $2.7 billion. It is produced on approximately 420,000 acres by 475 mostly "Cajun" family farming operations. Sugarcane has been commercially cultivated in south Louisiana for more than 200 years. It is a great pleasure to conduct pathology research in support of this important, traditional industry.

I enjoy conducting applied and basic research on a variety of pathogens and diseases affecting sugarcane. The disease problems affecting sugarcane in Louisiana have dictated my research program priorities. The continuous development of disease resistant cultivars is a high priority, as is providing a disease testing service to insure that healthy "seedcane" of this vegetatively propagated crop is available to farmers.

Teaching Experience

PLHL 7083 - Epidemiology and Crop Loss Assessment, 3 hour lecture course.

This course introduces graduate students to basic concepts of interactions between pathogen and host populations and the environment, the description and prediction of disease increase in time and space, implications for disease management, and techniques to assess losses to plant diseases.

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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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