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Michelle Moyer

Michelle Moyer completed the requirements for a Ph.D. in the Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology in 2011. She conducted research on the epidemiology of grape powdery mildew, Erysiphe necator, under the direction of Robert Seem and David Gadoury. She developed a risk model to help growers know whether the conditions in the current growing season would cause mild or severe powdery mildew development. In associated biological studies she determined that overwintering inoculum follows the same pattern of development throughout temperate grape growing regions, inoculum can be released before susceptible grape tissue appears, and that cold nights in the spring can slow epidemic development due to a plant stress response to the cold. Michelle received numerous award and scholarships from the American Society of Viticulture & Enology, the American Wine Society, and the American Phytopathological Society. She also received several honors at Cornell, including the Barbara McClintock Graduate Student Award. Dr. Moyer is currently an Assistant Professor and Extension Viticulturist in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Washington State University.