photo: chagasBrian Ward

Graduate Student
Major Professor: Dr. Raymond Schneider 


B.S. Horticultural Science from Louisiana State University

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 cercosporin production.


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 Soybean”, 2013


PPCP GSA President: 2012-2013

PPCP GSA Social Committee Head: 2013-present


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, LA.