Thomas Justo Miorini


Thomas Justo Miorini
Post-Doctoral Research Associate

  • Ph.D. Agronomy (Plant Protection), São Paulo State University (UNESP)
  • M.S. Agronomy (Irrigation/Drainage), UNESP

Currently, I am a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Loren Giesler studying the effect of fungicides on control of sclerotinia stem rot in soybean.  In the past 4 years, during my Ph.D. and as a postdoc, I worked with Drs. Everhart and Steadman. I have conducted several studies with Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, with more recent work focused on characterizing the pathogen aggressiveness, mycelial compatibility, genetic variation and fungicide sensitivity for 7 fungicides in S. sclerotiorum isolates collected in Brazil, USA and Argentina.

Prior to coming to UNL for my postdoc position, my Ph.D. research was conducted jointly at São Paulo State University (UNESP) and Arysta Life Science.  The overarching goal of my research was to improve control of white mold disease in dry bean and soybean and use a new method to indirectly determine the residual effect of fungicides.  One of the projects I conducted was recently published in Crop Protection.  

  • Miorini, T.J.J., C.G. Raetano, and S.E. Everhart. 2017. Control of white mold of dry bean and residual activity of fungicides applied by chemigation. Crop Protection 94:192-202.

My master's research was to determine optimal irrigation practices for dry bean.  Specifically, my project focused on irrigation timing and phenological stage to maximize yield.  Results showed that improved irrigation timing could increase yield.