Pragya Adhikari

Former Graduate

  • Degree Program: Ph.D. in Horticulture Science-Tomato Breeding Program Minor: Plant Pathology
  • Previous Degrees: MS in Plant Science-Molecular Grape Breeding; Missouri State University
  • Advisors: Dr. Dilip R. Panthee; Dr. Frank J. Louws
  • Completion Date: December 2018

Research

My research is mainly focused on breeding tomatoes to improve resistance against a bacterial spot disease, a major problem experienced by tomato growers every year, but remained unsolved. Specific projects include:

  • Characterization of pathogen phenotypes, genetic diversity, and race causing bacterial spots of tomato in North Carolina.
  • Mapping QTL Derived from S. pimpinellifolium LA3707 for bacterial spot resistance in tomato.
  • Mapping QTL Derived from S. pimpinellifolium LA3707 for fruit quality traits in tomato using Tomato Analyzer.
Pragya Adhikari