My program has the goal of developing improved management strategies for vegetable diseases by increasing our understanding of pathogen biology and diversity under field conditions. Using this information, we provide growers with novel disease management options.
Academic appt: 60% research; 40% extension
Areas of research and extension emphasis:
1) Vegetable pathology and disease control specializing in bacterial and oomycete pathogens
2) Population structure and diversity of oomycete and bacterial plant pathogens
3) Detection and identification of vegetable pathogens
4) Elementary school science education outreach
Outreach and Extension Focus
Vegetable production in New York continues to thrive as we are fortunate to have a climate in which a great diversity of vegetables can be grown, and a knowledgeable and engaged group of growers. The goals of my extension program are two-fold. The first goal is to work with conventional, transitional and organic growers, seed companies, chemical companies and private consultants to improve vegetable disease management while promoting sustainable agricultural practices. My lab focuses primarily on bacterial and oomycete pathogens of vegetables. The second goal is to develop and promote partnerships between Cornell University and elementary school educators and students to increase awareness of agriculture. The two goals are very integrated, as much of my elementary science outreach work is focused on vegetables and nutrition. As the percentage of the population that farms decreases, it is critical to educate the rest of the population about where our food is produced and of the value of agriculture.
Awards and Honors
- Fellow (2016) American Phytopathological Society
- Outstanding accomplishments in applied research (2013) Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Excellence in the teaching, advising and mentoring of graduate and professional students (2012) Cornell University Graduate and Professional Student Association
- Hansen, Z. R., Knaus, B. J., Tabima, J. F., Press, C. M., Judelson, H. S., Grunwald, N. J., & Smart, C. D. (2016). SNP-based differentiation of Phytophthora infestans clonal lineages using locked nucleic acid probes and high resolution melt analysis. Plant Disease. 100:1297-1306.
- Lange, H. W., Tancos, M. A., Carlson, M. O., & Smart, C. D. (2016). Diversity of Xanthomonas campestris isolates from symptomatic crucifers in New York State. Phytopathology. 106:113-122.
- Gorny, A. M., Kikkert, J. R., Dunn, A. R., Dillard, H. R., Smart, C. D., & Pethybridge, S. J. (2015). Tan spot of lima bean caused by Boeremia exigua var. exigua in New York State, USA. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. 37:523-528.
- Dunn, A. R., & Smart, C. D. (2015). Interactions of Phytophthora capsici with resistant and susceptible pepper roots and stems. Phytopathology. 105:1355-1361.
- Summers, C. F., Adair, N., Gent, D. H., McGrath, M. T., & Smart, C. D. (2015). Pseudoperonospora cubensis and P. humuli detection using species-specific probes and high definition melt curve analysis. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. 37:315-330.
- Guarnaccia, V., Hansen, Z. R., Aiello, D., Smart, C. D., & Polizzi, G. (2015). First detection of root rot and foliar blight on Pittosporum (Pittosporum tenuifolium) caused by Pythium irregulare in Italy. Journal of Phytopathology. 163:411-414.
- Jones, L. A., Saha, S., Collmer, A., Smart, C. D., & Lindeberg, M. (2015). Genome-assisted development of a diagnostic protocol for distinguishing high virulence in Pseudomonas syringae pv tomato strains. Plant Disease. 99:527-534.
- Tancos, M. A., Lange, H. W., & Smart, C. D. (2015). Characterizing the genetic diversity of the New York Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis population. Phytopathology. 105:169-179.
- Danies, G., Myers, K. L., Mideros, M. F., Restrepo, S., Martin, F. N., Cooke, D. E., Smart, C. D., Ristaino, J. B., Seaman, A. J., Gugino, B. K., Grünwald, N. J., & Fry, W. E. (2014). An ephemeral sexual population of Phytophthora infestans in the northeastern United States and Canada. PLoS One. 9:e116354.
- Holdsworth, W. L., Summers, C. F., Glos, M., Smart, C. D., & Mazourek, M. (2014). Development of downy mildew-resistant cucumbers for late-season production in the northeast. HortScience. 49:#N/A.
Presentations and Activities
- Breeding for downy mildew resistance in cucumber. Cucurbitaceae. October 2014. Bay Harbor, MI.