Maria Izabel Costa de Novaes

Maria Izabel Costa de Novaes

Graduate Student
Major Professor: Dr. Sara Thomas-Sharma


Currently: PhD student in Plant Pathology, Louisiana State University (LSU), Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Laboratory of Field Crop Pathology.

2016: MS in Plant Pathology, Universidade Federal de Vicosa (UFV), Brazil
2014: BS in Agronomy, Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros (UNIMONTES), Brazil

Research of interest

Management of Cercospora Leaf Blight (CLB), the most important soybean disease in Louisiana by understanding factors affecting cercosporin accumulation and toxicity. The focus of my research is on the roles of lipid droplets and iron nutrition as a tool to reduce symptoms. 

Professional Experience

2017: Research associate at Plant Pathology and Crop physiology department, Louisiana State University (LSU)

2013-214: Internship at the Plant Pathology Department, University of Florida (UF).

2009-2013: Internship at the Plant Pathology Laboratory, Universidade Estadual de Montes (UNIMONTES), Brazil.


FAGUNDES-NACARATH, I. R.; DEBONA, D.; COSTA DE NOVAES, M. I.; RODRIGUES, F. Á. . A set of standard area diagrams to assess white mold severity on the leaflets of common beans. CROP PROTECTION, v. 114, p. 60-67, 2018.

PATEL, J.; COSTA DE NOVAES, M.I.; ZHANG, S. Evaluation of the New Compound Oxathiapiprolin for Control of Downy Mildew in Basil. Plant Health Progress, v. 16, p. 1, 2015.

PATEL, J.; COSTA DE NOVAES, M.I.; ZHANG, S.  First Report of Colletotrichum higginsianum Causing Anthracnose of Arugula (Eruca sativa) in Florida. Plant Disease, v. 98, p. 1269, 2014.

PATEL, J.; COSTA DE NOVAES, M.I.; ZHANG, S. Effect of Plant Age and Acibenzolar-S-methyl on Development of Downy Mildew of Basil. Hortscience, v. 49, p. 1392-1396, 2014