Anthony Adesemoye

Anthony Adesemoye

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Anthony Adesemoye
Assistant Professor

  • PH.D., Auburn University, Alabama 2009
Tony Adesemoye's research interest is soil-borne pathogens and integration of biological control with other plant disease management methods. Studies include the survey and biology of soil-borne pathogens of field and vegetable crops. Classical methods as well as understanding the genetic signature of pathogens that help in specific characters such as virulence, spread, survival and resistance are crucial to his pathogen detection and disease management efforts. Another part of his research is host-microbes interactions involving three major components of host-pathogen-biocontrol agents. The functionalities of Bacillus plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) are explored towards the development of new technologies in crop protection and production.

These PGPR have various capabilities that include crop growth promotion, management of crop diseases, plant nutrient use efficiency, and helping in crop survival under other stress conditions caused by levels of water, salt, and pests. Technologies derived from these organisms will continue to be used in his lab in integrated plant disease and input management and to better understand the resilience of cropping systems. Adesemoye is currently studying two pathogens - 
Macrophomina phaseolina and Fusarium spp. across multiple crops and their biocontrol but hopes to include many other pathogens long-term. His extension activities include monitoring plant pathogens across limited water use cropping systems and participation in service and information delivery (e.g., field days) to the clientele.