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Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Dr. Wang gained his molecular pathology expertise in pathogen detection and characterization, phylogenetics, fungal genomics, and fungal-plant interactions through previous professional training.  Dr. Wang’s keen interest in the combination of fundamental and applied plant pathology research paved his way for joining the strawberry pathology program at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC), University of Florida (UF).  Recently, he led multi-year and multi-location field trials to optimize an alternative non-chemical control method (heat treatment with steam) and a model-based disease warning system for strawberry disease management in nurseries and fruit production fields.  To provide accurate and timely information for effective disease management, he developed and incorporated high-throughput molecular detection methods (high-resolution melting analysis, HRM) into the diagnostic process for strawberry crown rot diseases.  Furthermore, Dr. Wang discovered a dominant species within the Colletotrichum acutatum species complex responsible for anthracnose fruit and root necrosis of strawberry in the United States.

Currently, Dr. Wang is:

  1. Optimizing the heat treatment protocol for application in recently released strawberry cultivars.
  2. Assessing the effectiveness of heat treatment for the control of powdery mildew on strawberry.
  3. Determining the effect of ultraviolet C (UVC) irradiation on the dynamics of microbial populations on strawberry leaves.
  4. Developing statistically sound methods for detecting pathogens in nursery production.



Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
14625 County Road 672
Wimauma, FL 33598