Dr. Natalia A. Peres
Research: Strawberry Plant Pathology
The goals of Dr. Peres' research program are to develop a better understanding of strawberry disease etiology and the environmental factors affecting their development as well as to develop effective and sustainable disease control methods that will help reduce fungicide applications and lower grower costs.
In one of my major research projects, disease prediction models have been evaluated and compared to the standard program of protective fungicide applications.
A web-based system to predict the risk for anthracnose and Botrytis fruit rot epidemics was then developed, enabling strawberry growers to reduce the number and properly time fungicide applications without compromising disease control.