Telenko Lab - About Us

Our research program focuses on promoting sustainable and economically sound disease management practices in Indiana field crops. We have an interdisciplinary plant pathology research and extension program involved in studying the biology and management of soilborne and foliar pathogens of agronomic crops.

This research encompasses four major themes:

  1. Detection and monitoring of disease pathogens to minimize and/or detect the development of fungicide resistance or impact of new diseases in field crops.
  2. Integration and evaluation of new chemistries or tools into cropping systems.
  3. Evaluation of host resistance.
  4. Exploration of new biopesticide options to improve disease management.

 

The information generated from our research program is used to support extension efforts focused on providing timely and reliable information to growers and industry stakeholders to encourage the adoption of integrated management strategies for improved production efficiency and increase awareness of how diseases impact crop yield potential in Indiana.

Telenko Lab - People

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Darcy E. P. Telenko, Ph. D.

Principle Investigator
Associate Professor
Field Crop Pathologist and Extension Specialist

Email: dtelenko@purdue.edu

Phone: 765-496-5168

Our interdisciplinary plant pathology research and Extension program is involved in researching the biology and management of soilborne and foliar pathogens of agronomic crops.

The program is focused on recognizing and understanding new and emerging diseases and their potential impact on Indiana agriculture.

Our research is used to support extension efforts focused on providing timely and reliable information to growers and industry stakeholders to encourage the adoption of integrated management strategies for improved production efficiency and increase awareness of how diseases impact crop yield potential in Indiana.

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Steven Brand

Field Research Associate
Email: ssbrand@purdue.edu

MSc - University of Illinois – Bioenergy ​
BS - Illinois State - Biology

As a Field Research Associate, I am responsible for setting up and maintaining field trials in corn, soybeans, and wheat for disease management research. My job consists of field mapping and trial set up, equipment maintenance and transportation, planting, pesticide applications, trial maintenance, data collection, and harvesting.

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Su Shim

Research Associate/Lab manager
Email: sshim@purdue.edu
Lab Phone: 765-496-3471

MSc (MPH)  - Public Health,  Purdue University
BSPS -  Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmacy, Purdue University

I am responsible for managing the laboratory, organize students, collect and analyze data for industry trials, and write plant reports and research papers.

Current research:
Manage data for the development of prediction tools for diseases such as tar spot, NCLB, and GLS affecting corn to better inform management decisions as part of the National Predictive Modeling Tool Initiative (NPMTI).

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Camila Rocco da Silva

Graduate Student
Email: croccoda@purdue.edu

Education
MSc 2018 - State University of Maringa, PR, Brazil - Plant Protection
BS 2016 - Federal University of Mato Grosso, MT, Brazil - Agronomy

Current Research/Projects
My current research involves two different projects:
1. Evaluating fungicide programs and application timing on tar spot management in Indiana corn.
2. Integrated disease management of Fusarium head blight, white mold and tar spot in organic crop systems.

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Monica Sayuri Mizuno

Visiting Scholar
Email: mmizuno@purdue.edu

Education
MSc 2021 - State University of Maringa, PR, Brazil - Plant Protection
BS 2018 - State University of Maringa, PR, Brazil - Agronomy

Current research:
1. Evaluate the potential of using imaging technology for early detection of Cercospora sojina infection before it is visually detected.
2. Field scale evaluation of drones vs. ground equipment in corn and soybean diseases in Indiana.
3. Fungicide efficacy and timing for foliar diseases in corn and soybean.

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Morgan Goodnight

Graduate Student
Email: kgoodni@purdue.edu

Education
BS - Biology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Current research:
1. Evaluation of hybrid susceptibility and fungicide timing for tar spot (Phyllachora maydis) on corn in the U.S. and Canada.
2. Determine impacts of irrigation and environmental conditions on tar spot severity and P. maydis ascospore quantity in Indiana.

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Emily Duncan

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Email: duncanea@purdue.edu

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology at Purdue University. I have been a part of the research team since May 2019. My role has been to assist in field and lab activities. These jobs include planting crops, disease rating, data processing, fungi inoculation, DNA extraction, and running gel electrophoresis. This lab has allowed me to use my molecular biology knowledge and apply it to corn, soy, and wheat diseases.

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Ivis Miranda

Visiting Scholar
Email: mirandi@purdue.edu

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Biology. This is my first year in the lab, and I am excited to see what research has in store for me. My role is to assist graduate students with
their research projects by collecting field data to analyze disease severity and incidence, maintaining plots, and helping out in the lab through activities like DNA extraction.

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Cora Reynolds

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Email: reyno220@purdue.edu

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Biology. This is my first year in the lab, and I
am excited to see what research has in store for me. My role is to assist graduate students with
their research projects by collecting field data to analyze disease severity and incidence,
maintaining plots, and helping out in the lab through activities like DNA extraction.

More information about Cora Reynolds

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Emilia Myers

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Email: myers449@purdue.edu

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Science with a concentration in Environmental Quality and Restoration. I've always had a passion for the environment, and in true Midwest fashion I’m excited to focus that passion on corn and soybeans this summer. My job this summer is going to have me out in the field planting crops and collecting soil samples as well as entering trial data in the lab. I’m excited to use my existing soil knowledge this summer, expand on that, and support the research that is being done in the lab in whatever way that I can.

Telenko Lab - Former Lab Members

Mariama Brown

Former Graduate Student

Ph.D. 2023 - Plant Pathology, Purdue University, U. S. 

MSc 2018 - Plant Science - Delaware State University, U.S.

BS 2015 - Agricultural Education-  College of Agriculture, Science & Education, Portland Jamaica.

Dissertation: Examining the effectiveness of integrated management tactics for sudden death syndrome in soybean (Fusarium virguliforme), analyzing the spatial and temporal expression of FvTox1 from F. virguliforme, and identifying a spectral signature or index that is associated with disease.

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Kaitlin Waibel

Former Graduate Student

M.S. 2023 - Plant Pathology, Purdue University

B.S. - Agronomy, Purdue University, West Lafayette

Thesis: Fungicide timing, resistance Monitoring, and Phytopathometry for field crop diseases in Indiana

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Audrey M. Conrad

Former Graduate Student

M.S. 2022 - Botany and Plant Pathology - Purdue University

B.S. - Biological Engineering - Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Thesis: Management of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in soybean using the biofungicides Coniothyrium minitans and Bacillus amyloliquefaciens

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Tiffanna J. Ross

Former Graduate Student

Email: ross254@purdue.edu

Education:

PhD - Plant Pathology, Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University
MSc - Agricultural Regulations (Molecular Biology & Plant Biotechnology) - University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, U.S.
BS - General Agriculture - University of Guyana, Tekeyen Campus

Dissertation: Tar spot of corn: Population dynamics, economic impact, and management in Midwestern United States.

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Natalia Pineros Guerrero

Former Graduate student

M.S. Purdue University - Botany and Plant Pathology

BS- Agronomy- School of Agricultural Sciences - Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá D.C

Thesis: Quinone outside inhibitor (Qoi) fungicide resistance and mating-type distribution of Cercospora sojina populations on soybean from Indiana

 

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Victor Buitrago

Visiting Undergraduate Student

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Lindsey Berebitsky

Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Cayla Haupt

Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

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Audrey Toogood

Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

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Amelia Chaille

Undergraduate Research Assistant

 

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Ryan Gray

Undergraduate Research Assistant