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Name: Donald Ferrin
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Education/Training

Ph.D. - Plant Pathology, University of Florida, 1985.

Dissertation Title: “Influence of soil water status and initial density and dispersion of inoculum on the epidemiology of tobacco black shank.”

M.S. - Botany & Plant Pathology, Michigan State University, 1976.

Thesis Title: “Epidemiological studies on the dispersal of and infection by Guignardia bidwellii (Ellis) Viala and Ravaz, the causal agent of black rot disease of 'Concord' and 'Niagara' grapes, Vitis labrusca L.”

B.S. - Botany & Plant Pathology, Michigan State University, 1974.

Areas of Specialization/Research

Statewide responsibility for extension plant pathology educational programs for all horticultural crops (i.e.,
turf, ornamentals, fruits, vegetables and sweet potatoes).
Professional Experience

2005-present     Assistant Professor / Extension Plant Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA

2001-2005     Staff Research Associate IV, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California,Riverside, CA

1997-2001     Plant Pathologist, Pacific Plant Health Services, Riverside, CA

1994-1996     Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside, CA

1986-1994     Assistant Professor and Assistant Plant Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California,
                      Riverside, CA

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985-1986     Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

1981-1985     Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

1978-1980     Plant Protection Manager, Yoder Bros., Inc., Alva, FL

1976-1978     Plant Pathologist, Yoder Bros., Inc., Alva, FL

1974-1976     Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI

Teaching Experience

1999-2005     "Pathology for Master Gardeners” for the Orange County Master Gardeners Program sponsored by University of 
                       California Cooperative Extension.

1986-1994     Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside
                            PLPA 120 (and PLPA 120L) - Introduction to Plant Pathology
                            PLPA 235 - Epidemiology of Plant Disease
                   
P
rofessional Society Memberships and Service

American Phytopathological Society (since 1976)
  
  • Pacific Division of A.P.S. (1992-2005)
  • Southern Division of A.P.S. (2006-present; Secretary/Treasurer, 2009-present)
  • Soil Microbiology and Root Disease Committee of A.P.S.(member, 1987-1992, and Chair, 1990-1991)
  • Extension Committee of A.P.S. (member, 2007-present)
  • Associate Editor for Plant Health Progress (2007-2008)
  • Senior Editor for Plant Health Progress (2009-present)

International Society for Plant Pathology (since 1990)

Awards/Grants

Awards

Extension Publication Award – Extension Materials Award (Category: Book) from the American Society for Horticultural Science as a member of the Southeastern Vegetable Extension Workers for the “Vegetable Crop Handbook”, 2009.

Extension Publication Award - Blue Ribbon Award from the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science as co-author of the "Guide to Louisiana Friendly Landscapes," a study manual for the Louisiana Yards and Neighborhood educational program, 2008.

President’s Industry Award (for Outstanding Paper), Florida State Horticultural Society, 1978

Grants

Ferrin, D.M. “Cucurbit Downy Mildew ipmPIPE Sentinel Plots”. Subcontract from North Carolina State University as part of a USDA-CSREES grant, $12,000, 2008 – 2009.

Smith, T., Villordon, A., Clark, C., Labonte, D., Picha, D., Miller, D., Davis, J., Ferrin, D., Davis, D., Sheffield, R., Stoddard, C. S., Abney, M., Chester-Davis, L., Ducharme, D., Gunter, C., Jennings, K., Monks, D., Pesic-van Esbroeck, Z., Schultheis, J. , Thornton, A., Arancibia, R., Baird, R., Burdine, W., Henn, A., Reddy, K., Reed, J., Shankle, M. “Participatory modeling and decision support for improving sweet potato production efficiency, quality, and food safety”. USDA, CSREES, SCRI, $2,841,987, July 2009.

Hummel, N., Ferrin, D., Machtmes, K., Coneva, E., Braswell, J., Marshall, D., and Cline, W. eXtension Community of Practice: “All about Blueberries”. USDA, CSREES, SCRI, $518,749, September 2009. 

Publications/Presentations/Patents

Book Chapters:

1. Clark, C.A., Holmes, G.J., and Ferrin, D.M. 2009. Major fungal and bacterial diseases. Pages 81-103 in: The Sweetpotato. G. Loebenstein and G. Thottappilly (eds.). Springer Science and Business Media B.V.

Technical Publications

1. Ferrin, D. M., and Ramsdell, D. C. 1977. Ascospore dispersal and infection of grapes by Guignardia bidwellii, the causal agent of grape black rot disease. Phytopathology 67:1501‑1505.

2. Ferrin, D. M., and Mellinger, H. C. 1977. Control of Phytophthora wilt of azaleas with CGA 48988. Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 90:333‑336.

3. Ferrin, D. M., and Ramsdell, D. C. 1978. Influence of conidia dispersal and environment on infection of grape by Guignardia bidwellii. Phytopathology 68:892‑895.

4. Ferrin, D. M., and Mitchell, D. J. 1986. Influence of initial density and distribution of inoculum on the epidemiology of tobacco black shank. Phytopathology 76:1153‑1158.

5. Ferrin, D. M., and Mitchell, D. J. 1986. Influence of soil water status on the epidemiology of tobacco black shank. Phytopathology 76:1213‑1217.

6. Lutz, A. L., Paulus, A. O., Ferrin, D. M., and Nelson, J. A. 1988. A new disease of myrtle. Calif. Agric. 42:24-25.

7. Lutz, A. L., Menge, J. A., and Ferrin, D. M. 1991. Increased germination of propagules of Phytophthora parasitica by heating citrus soils sampled during winter. Phytopathology 81:865‑872.

8. Ferrin, D. M., and Kabashima, J. N. 1991. In vitro insensitivity to metalaxyl of isolates of Phytophthora citricola and P. parasitica from ornamental hosts in southern California. Plant Disease 75:1041‑1044.

9. Sandlin, C. M., Ferrin, D. M., and Kabashima, J. N. 1991. Foliar blight and branch dieback of container‑ grown giant redwood in California caused by Phytophthora citrophthora. Plant Disease 75:1074.

10. Ferrin, D. M., and Rohde, R. G. 1992. Population dynamics of Phytophthora parasitica, the cause of root and crown rot of Catharanthus roseus, in relation to fungicide use. Plant Disease 76:60‑63.

11. Ferrin, D. M., and Rohde, R. G. 1992. In vivo expression of resistance to metalaxyl by a nursery isolate of Phytophthora parasitica from Catharanthus roseus. Plant Disease 76:82-84.

12. Ferrin, D. M., and Wadsworth, M. L. 1992. Effect of metalaxyl on sporulation and growth of metalaxyl‑ resistant and metalaxyl‑sensitive isolates of Phytophthora parasitica in vitro. Plant Disease 76:492‑495.

13. Sandlin, C. M., Wadsworth, M. L., Ferrin, D. M., and Sanchez, L. 1992. First report of root rot of Monterey pine in California caused by Phytophthora citricola. Plant Disease 76:643.

14. Paine, T. D., Hanlon, C. C., Pittenger, D. R., Ferrin, D. M., and Malinoski, M. K. 1992. Consequences of water and nitrogen management on growth and aesthetic quality of drought‑tolerant woody landscape plants. J. Environ. Hort. 10:94‑99.

15. Sandlin, C. M., and Ferrin, D. M. 1992. Root rot of Brachychiton populneus seedlings caused by Lasiodiplodia theobromae. Plant Disease 76:883‑885.

16. Sandlin, C. M., and Ferrin, D. M. 1992. Foliar blight and root rot of container‑grown giant redwood caused by Phytophthora citrophthora. Plant Disease 77:591‑594.

17. Brooks, F. E., and Ferrin, D. M. 1993. Branch dieback of southern California chaparral vegetation caused by Botryosphaeria dothidea. Phytopathology 84:78-83.

18. Brooks, F. E., and Ferrin, D. M. 1994. First report of Phytophthora root rot of Penstemon species. Plant Disease 79:212.

19. Barr, M. E., Ohr, H. D., Ferrin, D. M., and Mundo-Ocampo, M. 1997. A new species of Serenomyces from date palm in California. Mycotaxon 61:481-484.

20. Waugh, M. M., Kim, D. H., Ferrin, D. M., and Stanghellini, M. E. 2003. Reproductive potential of Monosporascus cannonballus. Plant Disease 87:45-50.

21. Stanghellini, M.E., Ferrin, D.M., Kim, D.H., Waugh, M.M., Radewald, K.C., Sims, J.J., Ohr, H.D., Mayberry, K.S., Turini, T., and McCaslin, M.A. 2003. Application of preplant fumigants via drip irrigation systems for the management of root rot of melons caused by Monosporascus cannonballus. Plant Disease 87:1176-1178.

22. Stanghellini, M.E., Kim, D.H., Waugh, M.M., Ferrin, D.M., Alcantara, T., and Rasmussen, S.L. 2004. Infection and colonization of melon roots by Monosporascus cannonballus in two cropping seasons in Arizona and California. Plant Pathology 53:54-57.

23. Stanghellini, M.E., Waugh, M.M., Radewald, K.C., Kim, D.H., Ferrin, D.M., and Turini, T. 2004. Crop residue destruction strategies that enhance rather than inhibit reproduction of Monosporascus cannonballus. Plant Pathology 53:50-53.

24. Radewald, K.C., Ferrin, D.M., and Stanghellini, M.E. 2004. Sanitation practices that inhibit reproduction of Monosporascus cannonballus in melon roots left in the field after crop termination. Plant Pathology 53:660-668.

25. Waugh, M.M., Ferrin, D.M., and Stanghellini, M.E. 2005. Colonization of cantaloupe roots by Monosporascus cannonballus. Mycol. Res. 109:1297-1301.

26. Ferrin, D.M., and Stanghellini, M.E. 2006. Effects of osmotic water potential on mycelial growth and perithecial production of Monosporascus cannonballus in vitro. Plant Pathology 55: accepted for publication.

27. Nielsen, C.J., Ferrin, D.M., and Stanghellini, M.E. 2006. Efficacy of biosurfactants in the management of Phytophthora capsici on pepper in recirculating hydroponic systems. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 28:450-460.

28. Nielsen, C.J., Ferrin, D.M., and Stanghellini, M.E. 2006. Cyclic production of sporangia and zoospores by Phytophthora capsici on pepper roots in hydroponic culture. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 28:461-466. 

29. Holcomb, G.E., and Ferrin, D.M. 2006. First report of powdery mildew on azalea caused by Erysiphe azaleae in Louisiana. Plant Disease 90: 1263.

30. Pagliaccia, D., Ferrin, D., and Stanghellini, M.E. 2007. Chemo-biological suppression of root-infecting zoosporic pathogens in recirculating hydroponic systems. Plant and Soil 299:163-179.

31. Villordon, A., Clark, C., Ferrin, D., and LaBonte, D. 2009. Using growing degree days, agrometeorological variables, linear regression, and data mining methods to help improve prediction of sweetpotato harvest date in Louisiana. HortTechnology 19:133-144.

32. Singh, R., Ferrin, D.M., and Aime, M.C. 2009. First Report of Powdery Mildew Caused by Podosphaera xanthii on Sechium edule in the United States. Plant Disease 93:1348.

33. Singh, R., Ferrin, D.M., and Huang, Q. 2010. First report of Xylella fastidiosa associated with oleander leaf scorch in Louisiana. Plant Disease 94:274.  

Selected Abstracts

1. Ferrin, D. M. 1987. A mathematical model to describe the movement of Phytophthora zoospores through soil. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 77:1753.

2. Sandlin, C. M., and Ferrin, D. M. 1988. Stress‑related pith necrosis and root rot of Pinus pinea caused by Fusarium sp. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 78:1521.

3. Menge, J. A., Johnson, E. L. V., Pond, E., Ferrin, D., Liu, H., Lutz, A., Strother, M., Bartnicki, D., Afek, U., and Sjoerdsma, J. 1988. Distribution and frequency of Phytophthora parasitica and P. citrophthora associated with root rot of citrus in California. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 78:1576.

4. Polek, M., and Ferrin, D. M. 1990. Influence of temperature and leaf wetness duration on infection and disease development by Uromyces dianthi on carnations. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 80:971.

5. Polek, M., and Ferrin, D. M. 1991. Development of a ranking system to assess carnation cultivars for resistance to Uromyces dianthi. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 81:1142.

6. Sandlin, C. M., and Ferrin, D. M. 1991. Phytophthora root rot of Italian stone pine. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 81:1176.

7. Polek, M., and Ferrin, D. M. 1991. Influence of temperature on the ability of urediospores of Uromyces dianthi to cause disease on carnations. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 81:1233.

8. Brooks, F., and Ferrin, D. M. 1991. Drought stress as a predisposing factor to branch dieback in California chaparral plant communities. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 81:1236.

9. Ferrin, D., Guillemet, F., Campbell, S., and Menge, J. 1991. Effect of soil type and rootstock on Phytophthora root rot of avocado. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 81:1242.

10. Polek, M., and Ferrin, D. M. 1992. Effect of host cultivar, temperature, and inoculum concentration on carnation rust caused by Uromyces dianthi. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 82:1078‑1079.

11. Ferrin, D. M. 1992. Differential virulence of six species of Phytophthora to eight cultivars of Ceanothus sp. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 82:1122.

12. Sandlin, C. M., and Ferrin, D. M. 1992. Effect of length of irrigation period on root rot of Italian stone pine caused by Phytophthora parasitica. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 82:1161.

13. Stanghellini, M. E., Ferrin, D. M., and Radewald, K. C. 2003. Effect of fumigation depth on root rot of melon caused by Monosporascus cannonballus. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 94:S154.

14. Ferrin, D. M., and Stanghellini, M. E. 2004. The effect of two melanin biosynthesis inhibitors on growth and reproduction of Monosporascus cannonballus. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 94:S29.

15. Stanghellini, M.E., Alcantara, T. P., and Ferrin, D.M. 2009. Germination of Monosporascus cannonballus ascospores in the rhizosphere: a host-specific response. (Abstr.) Phytopathology 99:S123-S124.
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