Cucurbit Downy Mildew
Root, crown and fruit rot, and leaf blight
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Sweetpotato Black Rot


Welcome to the Quesada Lab!

We study diseases of cucurbit crops and sweetpotato to deliver novel and improved disease management strategies to growers in North Carolina and advance our knowledge in the field of vegetable pathology.  Projects in the lab are cross-disciplinary and diverse, providing broad skills in plant pathology to undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers.  We use diverse tools including genomics, bioinformatics, and population genetics to answer scientific questions and translate our findings into solutions for cucurbit and sweetpotato growers.  We work in close collaboration with The North Carolina Plant Disease and Insect Clinic to assist with diagnostics of cucurbit and sweetpotato diseases and provide recommendations on their management.

In this website you can find information about our team, ongoing projects, scientific publications, disease fact sheets, plant disease management reports, opportunities to work in the lab, how to contact us, and some useful links.