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North Florida Research And Education Center

North Florida Research And Education Center

Dr. Paret, Mathews

Associate Professor
Plant Pathology (Vegetables and Oenamentals)

Dr. Paret primary research includes studies on the etiology and epidemiology of plant diseases of vegetables and ornamental crops, development of integrated pest management strategies for diseases of economic relevance, and detection and characterization of plant pathogens.

Programs

  • Research

    Dr. Paret’s active research areas in 2019 include:

    • Nanomaterials and Composites: Antibacterial Properties against Copper-Tolerant Xanthomonas perforans, Mechanism of Action and Management of Bacterial Spot of Tomato
    • Elongation Factor Receptor (EFR) Transgenic Resistance in Tomato against Bacterial Wilt of Tomato caused by Ralstonia solanacearum
    • Recombinase Polymerase Amplification (RPA) for Rapid Field Detection of Rose rosette virus, and other Viruses and Xanthomonas affecting Tomatoes
    • Characterization of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria, Fungi and Viruses Affecting Vegetable and Ornamental Crops
    • Integrated Management of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria, Fungi and Viruses
    • Multi-Spectral Imagery for Early Detection of Plant Diseases Affecting Watermelon and Cucumber

    Please review the list of research publications for additional information by selecting the link "Research Publications" (Google Scholar) to the right on this page.

    For more on my research information click here: RESEARCH

  • Extension

    Dr. Paret’s active extension areas in 2019 include

    • Hands-on Trainings of Horticulture and Agriculture Extension Agents on Identification and Management of Vegetable and Ornamental Diseases In Florida
    • Interactive Web-Based Extension Platform U-scout For Dissemination Of The Latest Information on Plant Diseases and Management. Please review the list of extension publications for additional information by selecting the "Extension Publications" (EDIS) link to the right of this page

      For more information click here: EXTENSION

Contact

Dr. Paret, Mathews
Associate Professor
Plant Pathology (Vegetables and Ornamentals)
North Florida Research and Education Center
155 Research Rd.
Quincy, FL 32351
Phone: 850-875-7154
Fax: 352-846-6617
Email
Dr. Paret's Lab (U-SCOUT)

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Tropical Plant Pathology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 01/2005 - 08/2009
    • Major Advisor: Dr. Anne M. Alvarez, Professor, Plant Bacteriology
    • M.Sc. Horticulture, Allahabad Agricultural Institute, India, 06/1999 - 03/2001
    • Major Advisor: Dr. D. B. Singh, Professor, Horticulture
    • B.S. Agriculture, Allahabad Agricultural Institute, India, 1999
  • Publications
  • Professional Experience
    • Associate Professor of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, 07/2017 - present
    • Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, 11/2010 - 06/2017
    • Director, Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic, University of Florida, NFREC, 11/2010 - present
    • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Plant Pathology, University of Florida, 09/2009 - 11/2010 (Advisors: Dr. Timur M. Momol, Professor, Plant Pathology, and Dr. Stephen M. Olson, Professor, Horticulture)
    • Research Assistant, Plant Bacteriology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 01/2005 - 08/2009 (Advisor: Dr. Anne M. Alvarez)
    • Technical Officer, National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation (Research division established by the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited - NAFED), India, 03/2003 - 12/2004 (Project Directors: Dr. S. R. Bhonde and A.B. Chougule)
    • Project Officer, Peermade Development Society, Rapunzel Naturkost/ United Nations Development Programme/ World Bank - International Trade Center - Spices Board of India projects, India, 04/2002 - 02/2003 (Project Director: Dr. C. K. George)
  • Professional Activities
    • Treasurer, International Society for Plant Pathology, 2018-2023
    • Senior Editor, Plant Health Progress, American Phytopathological Society, 2018 onwards (Associate Editor, 2014-2017)
    • Senior Editor, Vegetable Production Handbook for Florida, 2018
    • Organizer and Moderator, International IPM Symposium, Special Session “Nanotechnology and its increasing role in IPM”, 2018
    • Reviewer, Southern Division American Phytopathological Society Student Travel Awards, 2018
    • Convenor, Florida Phytopathological Society Biennial Meeting, 2017
    • President, Florida Phytopathological Society 2015-2017 (Vice President, 2013-2015; Secretary, 2011-2013)
    • Organizer and Scientific Committee Member, 5th International Symposium on Tomato Diseases, Malaga, Spain, 2016
    • Organizer and Moderator, American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting Special Session, 2016 “Emerging Nano Materials for Disease Management and Pathogen Diagnostics”
    • Chair, Working Group on Tomato Diseases, International Society for Horticultural Science, 2013-2016
    • Organizer and Moderator, American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting Special Session, 2015 “Buzzing the Tower: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Drones for Applications in Plant Pathology”
    • Convener; Joint meeting of the 4th International Symposium on Tomato Diseases and the 29th U.S Annual Tomato Diseases Workshop, Orlando, FL, 2013
    • Chair, Integrated Plant Disease Management Scientific Committee, American Phytopathological Society, 2012-2013 (Vice Chair, 2011-2012)
    • Organizer and Moderator, American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting Special session, 2012 titled “Grafting as an Alternative to Soil Fumigation for Disease Management in Vegetable Production”
    • Moderator, IPM session, American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, 2012
  • Professional Service and Awards
    • Global Fellows Award, University of Florida, 2019
    • LEAD Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Cohort 10 Program Selection, University of Florida, 2018
    • Term Professorship Award, University of Florida, 2017-19
    • Certificate of Achievement, Office of International Programs, American Phytopathological Society, 2018
    • Invitation and Travel grant to attend and present at the Gordon Research Seminar at Nanoscale Science and Engineering for Agriculture and Food Systems Session, 2018 to highlight graduate students research findings.
    • Invitation to attend and present at the Gordon Research Conference on Nanoscale Science and Engineering for Agriculture and Food Systems Session, 2018
    • Invited Speaker at the International Congress of Plant Pathology, Special session on “Development of Innovative Management Strategies for Economically Important Bacterial Diseases”, 2018
    • Invited Speaker at the International IPM Symposium, Special Session on Nanomaterials in Agriculture, 2018
    • Invited Speaker at the Materials Sciences Society Annual Meeting, Special Session on Nanomaterials in Agriculture, 2018
    • LEAD Cohort 10 Program Selection, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, 2018
    • Invited Speaker with Travel grant at the International Symposium on Agro-Bio Nanotechnology, Center for Research in Applied Chemistry (CIQA), Government of Mexico, 2017
    • William Boright Hewitt and Maybelle Ellen Ball Hewitt Award, American Phytopathological Society, 2016
    • Outstanding Educational Materials Award, American Society for Horticultural Sciences, 2015 (Team Award for Southern Nursery IPM Working Group)
    • Blue Ribbon Communication Award, Southern Region - American Society for Horticultural Sciences, 2015 (Team Award for Southern Nursery IPM Working Group)
    • Invitation and travel grant to attend and present at the Gordon Research Conference on Nanoscale Science and Engineering for Agriculture and Food Systems, 2015
    • Bright Idea Award, Southern IPM Center, 2014 (Team Award for Southern Nursery IPM Working Group)
    • Early Career Scientist Award, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, 2013
    • Medal of Service, Working Group on Tomato Diseases, International Society for Horticultural Science, 2013
    • 1st Prize, Ph.D Research Oral Presentation, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2009