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Kelly L. Ivors

Associate Professor
and Extension Specialist

Department of Plant Pathology

College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences

Department of
Plant Pathology


My program consists of 80% extension and 20% research responsibilities, and focuses on plant pathogens of the diverse agricultural economy of western North Carolina, including:

Current Projects

An integral part of producing a profitable crop involves proper disease monitoring and identification, followed by the implementation of management programs that focus on long-term prevention or suppression of pathogens. Projects in my lab involve applied and molecular disease diagnostics and epidemiology, evaluation of fungicides and cultural control methodologies, and integration of fungicides and host resistance into management practices. Many of the pathosystems I investigate involve Phytophthora species, as Phytophthora affects all major crops that I work on. Some specific research projects that I am involved with include:

  • Effects of nitrogen rate on new burley tobacco varieties, blue mold incidence, and leaf yield and quality.
  • Monitoring for dimethomorph resistance and evaluation of fungicides for blue mold control on burley tobacco
  • Evaluation of alternative fungicides and combined crop inputs for management of Phytophthora blight on pepper
  • Characterization of bacteria isolated from atypically blighted tomato leaves in western North Carolina
  • Evaluating strategies for management of Phytophthora root rot of Fraser fir
  • Development of a Phytophthora database: An integrated resource for detecting, monitoring, and managing Phytophthora diseases.

For more information and selected publications, go to Plant Pathology Department faculty page.




Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center
455 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28759

Phone: 828-684-3562 ~ Fax: 828-684-8715


Maintained by: Bryan A. Konsler

Updated February 28, 2012