Ian Small

Ian Small
303F Plant Science
(607) 255-3188

Education

  • Spring 2012- Present, Ph.D. candidate, Epidemiology and plant disease management, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University.
  • 2010, MSc Agric., Plant Pathology, Stellenbosch University
  • 2007, BSc Agric., Agronomy & Plant Pathology, Stellenbosch University

Graduate advisor: William Fry

Research Focus

My goal is to contribute to a safe and secure food supply by advancing sustainable agricultural production through scientific research, education and leadership. My academic interests range from Plant Pathology, Plant Breeding, and Crop Science, through to Epidemiology, Statistics, and Applied Economics and Management. I am interested in systems approaches to the management of plant diseases, integrating genetic, cultural, biological, and chemical control methods into practical strategies for effective, economical, safe, and sustainable disease management. My dissertation research focuses on the development of models and online tools to improve the efficiency of late blight management. I have been working on the development of an online decision support system for late blight management.

Professional Experience

  • 2010-11 Research scholar in Dr. William Fry's laboratory, in the Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University.  
  • 2007-10 Part-time technical/teaching assistant within the Plant Pathology department at Stellenbosch University.

Awards and Honors

  • 2013 American Phytopathological Society Foundation - Stephen A. Johnston Student Travel Award
  • 2013 CALS Land Grant Fellowship
  • 2012 Cornell Institute for African Development Fellowship
  • 2010 Medal for Best Masters Student in the Agricultural Sciences Faculty
  • 2007-09 National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa: Africa Scholarship, Stellenbosch University: Academic merit bursary
  • 2004 Ashton Lily bursary

Elected and Appointed Offices

  • Sept 2012-Present – President, Graduate Student Association – Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University
  • Nov 2012-Present – Appropriations Committee, Cornell Graduate and Professional Student Assembly
  • 2007-09 – Post-graduate student representative (Plant Pathology) (Stellenbosch University)

Professional Societies and Working Groups

American Phytopathological Society

Publications

  • Danies, G., Small, I.M., Myers, K., Childers, R., and Fry, W. in press. Phenotypic characterization of recent clonal lineages of Phytophthora infestans in the United States. Plant Disease (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-07-12-0682-RE)
  • Fry, W.E.,  McGrath, M.T., Seaman, A., Zitter, T.A., McLeod, A., Danies, G.,  Small, I.M., Myers, K.,  Everts, K., Gevens, A.J., Gugino, B.,  Johnson, S.B.,  Judelson, H., Ristaino, J.B., Roberts, P., Secor, G., Seebold, K., Jr., Snover-Clift, K., Wyenandt, A.,  Grunwald, N.J., and Smart, C.D.  2013.  The 2009 late blight pandemic in Eastern USA - causes and results. Plant Disease 97 (3) pp 296-306 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-08-12-0791-FE)
  • Small, I.M., Myers, K., Danies, G., Guha Roy, S., Bekoscke, K., and Fry, W.E. 2012. Characterization of recent clonal lineages of Phytophthora infestans in the United States using microsatellite markers. Phytopathology 102:S4.110
  • Small, I.M., Flett, B.C., Marasas, W.F.O., McLeod, A., and Viljoen, A. 2012 Resistance in maize inbred lines to Fusarium verticillioides and fumonisin accumulation in South Africa. Plant Disease 96 (6) pp 881-888 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-08-11-0695)
  • Small, I.M., Flett, B.C., Marasas, W.F.O., McLeod, A., and Viljoen, A. 2012. Use of resistance elicitors to reduce Fusarium ear rot and fumonisin accumulation in maize. Crop Protection 41 pp 10-16 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2012.05.016)
  • Boutigny, A.-L., Beukes, I., Small, I.M., Z├╝hlke, S., Spiteller, M., Van Rensburg, B.J., Flett, B., and Viljoen, A., 2011. Quantitative detection of Fusarium pathogens and their mycotoxins in South African maize. Plant Pathology 61 (3) pp 522-531 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3059.2011.02544.x)
  • Flett, B.C. and Small, I.M., 2009. Reducing maize mycotoxins in the production chain. SA Grain, August issue, pp 48-49 (popular publication)

Conference Presentations

  • Small, I.M., Joseph, L., Fry, W.E., 2013. Evaluation of the blight decision support system for the integrated management of potato and tomato late blight. Annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society (APS), Austin, TX, USA, 10th to 14th of August (oral)
  • Small, I.M., Joseph, L., Fry, W.E., 2012. A decision support system for the integrated management of potato and tomato late blight. 7th International Integrated Pest Management Symposium, Memphis, TN, USA, 26th to 29th of March (poster presentation)
  • Small, I.M., Joseph, L., Danies, G., McKay, S., Myers, K., Fry, W.E., 2011. A decision support system for late blight of tomato. 26th annual Tomato Disease Workshop, Ithaca, NY, USA, 11th to 13th of October (oral presentation)
  • Small, I.M., Flett, B.C., McLeod, A., Marasas, W.F.O., Viljoen, A. 2011. Use of resistance elicitors to reduce Fusarium ear rot and fumonisin accumulation in maize. 47th congress of the Southern African Society for Plant Pathology, Kruger National Park, South Africa, 23rd to 26th of January (oral presentation)
  • Small, I.M., Joseph, L., McKay, S. Fry, W.E., 2010. A decision support system for Late blight of potato. 8th African Potato Association Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 5th to 9th of December (oral presentation)
  • Small, I.M., Mayton, H., Joseph, L., Fry, W.E., 2010. Aerial dispersal of Phytophthora infestans as a component of a Late Blight Decision Support System. 70th Annual meeting of the Northeastern Division American Phytopathological Society (NED-APS), Northampton, USA, 27th to 29th of October (oral presentation)
  • Small, I.M., Comstock, J., DeGaetano, A., Joseph, L., Wolfe, D., Fry, W.E., 2010. Climate change and potato late blight suppression. Annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society (APS), Charlotte, USA, 7th to 11th of August (poster)
  • Small, I.M., Flett, B.C., McLeod, A., Marasas, W.F.O., Viljoen, A., 2010. Resistance in South African maize inbred lines to Fusarium verticillioidesand fumonisin accumulation. 8th Southern African Plant Breeding Symposium, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 15th to 17th of March (oral presentation)
  • Small, I.M., Flett, B.C., McLeod, A., Marasas, W.F.O., Viljoen, A., 2009. Resistance in South African maize inbred lines to Fusarium verticillioides and fumonisin accumulation. International Society for Mycotoxicology Conference, Tulln, Austria, 9th to 11th of September (oral presentation)
  • Small, I.M., Flett, B.C., McLeod, A., Marasas, W.F.O., Viljoen, A., 2009. Potential resistance in South African maize inbred lines to Fusarium verticillioides and fumonisin accumulation. 46th congress of the Southern African Society for Plant Pathology, Gordon's Bay, South Africa, 25th to 28th January (oral presentation)
  • Small, I.M., Flett, B.C., McLeod, A., Marasas, W.F.O., Viljoen, A., 2009. Host resistance to manage mycotoxin contamination in maize, Maize Trust - National Mycotoxin Meeting, Pretoria, South Africa, 23rd of March (oral presentation)