Currently: PhD student in Plant Pathology, Louisiana State University (LSU), Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Laboratory of Virology.
2017: MS in Plant Pathology, Louisiana State University (LSU).
2013: BS in Agronomy, Universidad Nacional de Agricultura, Honduras (UNA).
Current Research Focus
Over the years, breeders have been developing new cultivars with particular characteristics that have improved the production; however, it appears that they have unknowingly introduced a persistent virus called bell pepper endornavirus (BPEV) into all the new developed cultivars. Comparative studies are going on with two near-isogenic lines of bell pepper one infected with BPEV and the other one BPEV-free. The comparison pretends to evaluate the morphology and some physiological characters of the two lines, as well as the reaction of these lines to mechanical inoculation with acute viruses.
2015-Present: Research Assistant at the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, LSU, Laboratory of Virology
May. 2014-Aug. 2014: Research Assistant at Dean Lee Research & Extension Center, Alexandria LA.
Aug. 2014-Nov. 2014: Internship at the AgCenter, Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Louisiana State University.
Jun. 2013-Sep. 2013: Internship at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEMex), Toluca, México.
Honors and Awards
2012, 2013 Certificate of recognition: for obtaining the first place in laboratory of field and third place in academic performance in Agricultural Engineering. Universidad Nacional de Agricultura. Honduras.
2011 Certificate of recognition: for obtaining the first place in laboratory of field and first place in academic performance in Agricultural Engineering. Universidad Nacional de Agricultura. Honduras.
2009 “Froylan Turcios Award”: for obtaining the first place in academic performance wide Institution. Instituto Técnico Industrial Froylan Turcios, Honduras.
2018-2021: Graduate student member of the APS Office of Education.
2017-2018: President of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology Graduate Student Association LSU (PPCP-GSA).
2015-2016: Vice-President of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology Graduate Student Association LSU (PPCP-GSA).
2012-2013: Secretary of the National University of Agriculture Student Association (AEUNA). Honduras.
Abstracts and Other Publications
Escalante, C. and Valverde, R. A. 2018. Physiological traits of endornavirus-infected and endornavirus-free bell pepper. In Proceedings, 24th International Pepper Conference, November 4-6, 2018, Fort Myers, FL.
Escalante, C., Alcala-Briseño, R. I., Sabanadzovic S., Okada, R., Valverde, R. A. 2018. Occurrence of persistent viruses in capsicum species. In Proceedings, 24th International Pepper Conference, November 4-6, 2018, Fort Myers, FL.
Valverde, R. A., Escalante, C., Khankhum, S. 2018. Endornaviruses in plants: mutualists or parasites? Page 124 in Proceedings 21st Penn State Plant Biology Symposium: Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes, June 19-22nd, University Park, PA.
Okada, R., Alcalá-Briseño, R. I., Escalante, C., Sabanadzovic, S., Valverde, R. A. 2018. Genomic sequence of a novel endornavirus from Phaseolus vulgaris and occurrence in mixed infections with two other endornaviruses. Virus Research. 257:63-67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.virusres.2018.09.005
Escalante, C., Alcala-Briseno, R. I., & Valverde, R. A. 2018. First report of a mixed infection of pepper mild mottle virus and tobacco mild green mosaic virus in pepper (Capsicum annuum) in the United States. Plant Dis. doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-11-17-1847-PDN
Escalante, C., Bollich, P., & Valverde R. A. 2018. Soybean vein necrosis-associated virus naturally infecting yard-long bean (Vigna unguiculata ssp. sesquipedalis) and soybean (Glycine max) in Louisiana. Plant Dis. doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-03-18-0469-PDN
Escalante, C., & Valverde, R. 2017. Effect of Bell pepper endornavirus to bell pepper (Capsicum annuum). American Phytopathological Society. doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-107-12-S5.1
Alcalá-Briseño, R., Escalante, C., & Valverde, R. 2017. Endornaviruses of Capsicum species. American Phytopathological Society. doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-107-12-S5.1
Escalante C., Sela N., Dombrovsky A., & Valverde RA. 2016. Interactions between bell pepper endornavirus, bell pepper, and acute plant viruses. Procceedings XVIth EUCARPIA Capsicum and Eggplant Working Group Meeting, 12 -14 September 2016, Kecskemét, Hungary.
Escalante, C., & Valverde, R. 2016. Interactions between Bell pepper endornavirus and acute viruses. American Phytopathological Society. Abstracts Phytopatholgy 2016. doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-106-12-S4.1
Khankhum S., Escalante C., Rodrigues de Souto E., & Valverde R. A. 2017. Extraction and electrophoretic analysis of large dsRNAs from desiccated plant tissues infected with plant viruses and biotrophic fungi. Eur J Plant Pathol. doi.org/10.1007/s10658-016-1014-7
Khankhum S., Escalante C., & Valverde R. 2015. Interaction between persistent viruses of common bean and pepper and four acute viruses. Abstracts Phytobiomes 2015. Washington D.C.
Khankhum S., Escalante C., Rodrigues de Souto E., De la Torre R., & Valverde R. 2015. A method for the extraction of viral double stranded RNA from relative small amounts of virus and fungus infected plant tissues. Revista Mexicana de FITOPATOLOGÍA 33:S223.
Rodrigues de Souto E., Escalante C., & Valverde R. 2015. Detection of plant endornaviruses in wild plants of south Louisiana. Revista Mexicana de FITOPATOLOGÍA 33:S224.
Escalante C., Mejia H., Franco O., Morales A., Sosa M., & López G. 2013. Leaf extract of wild grape (Vitis spp.) in postharvest hydrating solution of gladiolus (Gladiolus glandiflorus) and lilies (Lilium spp.), Tenancingo, México, XIV National Symposium and VII International Symposium of Ornamental Horticulture.