B.S. Horticultural Science from Louisiana State
Area of Research:
Cercospora leaf blight (Cercospora kikuchii) is the
most severe disease of soybeans (Glycine max) in
Louisiana. C. kikuchii is a fungal pathogen that
causes disease with a toxin it produces named
cercosporin, which appears as a purple to red
pigment both in tissue and growth mediums. Recent
research has shown C. kikuchii becoming resistant to
both QoI and MBC fungicides, which demands new
management practices to control this disease.
Current research is looking at whether minor
elements applied as foliar applications can be
effective in reducing disease and also what effects
these elements have on fungal growth in culture and
Graduate school travel award, 2013
Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology Department
graduate student scholarship, 2013
2nd place in graduate student paper competition at
Southern Soybean Disease Workers, “Effects of Minor
Element Nutrition on Cercospora Leaf Blight of
PPCP GSA President: 2012-2013
PPCP GSA Social Committee Head: 2013-present
B. M. Ward, C. Robertson, R. Schneider, E. Silva, S.
Albu. 2013. Effects of minor elements on Cercospora
leaf blight of soybean and production of cercosporin.
POSTER. Page 59 in APS-MSA Joint Meeting Program.
Ward, B. M., Robertson, C. L., Schneider, R. W.,
Silva, E. C. 2013. Effects of Minor Element
Nutrition on Cercospora Leaf Blight of Soybean. Page
16 in Proceedings, Southern Soybean Disease Workers.
March 13, 2013. Pensacola Beach, FL.
Ward, B. M., Robertson, C. L., Schneider, R. W.
2013. Effects of minor element nutrition on
Cercospora leaf blight of soybean. Page 4 in
Proceedings, American Phytopathological Society
Southern Division. February 9, 2013. Baton Rouge,