Anissa Poleatewich, Ph.D.

Anissa Poleatewich, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Interactions


Ph.D. Plant Pathology, Penn State University, 2010

M.S. Plant Pathology, Penn State University, 2005

B.A. Environmental Science, Wheaton College, 2002

Courses Taught:

Biol 510 Mushrooms, Molds and Mildews


Anissa joined UNH in January 2017. Before coming to New Hampshire, Anissa worked as a Research Scientist at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario Canada for five years conducting applied research for greenhouse ornamental and vegetable production systems.

Area of interest/specialty

I am interested in biological control of plant diseases and the role microbes and their metabolites play in plant health, yield and quality. My research explores interactions between beneficial microbes, plants and the environment to identify of best practices for integrating biocontrol into horticultural production systems.

Prospective Students:

I am always on the lookout for new graduate students to join the lab. If you are excited by plants, microbes and agriculture please email me your CV and a brief description of your background and interests.

Publications and extension articles:

Poleatewich, A. 2016. Annual meeting session recordings make a great teaching tool. Phytopathology News. 50 (5): 58

Poleatewich, A. 2015. Biopesticides: How they can work for you. Greenhouse Canada Magazine.

Summerfield, A., Grygorczyk, A., Buitenhuis, R., Poleatewich, A. and Brownbridge, M. 2015. Leading by example: Ontario growers are putting the bios in charge. Greenhouse Canada Magazine.

Poleatewich, A.M., Ngugi, N.K., Backman, P.A., 2012. Assessment of application timing of Bacillus spp. to suppress pre- and postharvest diseases of apple. Plant Dis. 96:211-220.

Melnick, R.L., Testen, A.L., Poleatewich, A.M., Backman, P.A., and Bailey, B.A., 2012. Detection and expression of enterotoxin genes in endophytic strains of Bacillus cereus. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 54(5): 468-474.

Poleatewich, A.M. Travis, J.W., Backman, P.A., 2010. Evaluation of preharvest and postharvest applications of endospore-forming bacteria for control of bitter rot. Plant Disease Management Reports (online). Volume 4: DOI:10.1094 /PDMR04. The American Phytopathological Society, St. Paul, MN.

Poleatewich, A.M., Travis, J.W., Backman, P.A., 2008. Evaluation of endospore-forming bacteria for control of Bitter rot. Plant Disease Management Reports (online). Volume 2: PF056. DOI:10.1094/PDMR02. The American Phytopathological Society, St. Paul, MN

Demers, A.M., Berner, D.K., Backman, PA., 2006. Enhancing incidence of Puccinia punctiformis, through mowing, to improve management of Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense). Biological Control. 39: 481-488


Anissa Poleatewich
191 Rudman Hall