Arborjet eyes research, hires new plant pathologist

Arborjet eyes research, hires new plant pathologist

New hire brings experience working on row crop pests and diseases, foodborne pathogens.

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August 13, 2019

Arborjet has further expanded its plant health scope, hiring Dr. Ploy Kurdmongkoltham, a plant pathologist and microbiologist to specialize in tree pests and diseases.

Kurdmongkoltham has significant experience working on row crop pests and diseases, as well as foodborne pathogens. Her experience in extension work includes leading and coordinating Florida First Detector workshops, and teaching growers, master gardeners and the public on identifying tree pests and diseases.

“Her work will be hands on, including training and conducting educational webinars,” Arborjet director of research and development Joe Doccola said. “She will be working to identify and isolate pure cultures of fungal and bacterial plant pathogens, and conduct in-vitro efficacy trials along with other in-house entomology studies.”

“Being in the lab is a second home to me,” said Kurdmongkoltham, who earned her M.S. in plant biology from Jacksonville State University and a degree in the doctor of plant medicine program from the University of Florida. “I am excited to be working with the entomologists at Arborjet to hopefully aid in discoveries that will help their arborists and regional training managers preserve urban forests, by eradicating invasive species and diseases across the country.”