Anissa Poleatewich

Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology
Office: Agriculture, Nutrition & Food Systems, Rudman Hall Rm 191, Durham, NH 03824

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.

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.

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.


  • Ph.D., Plant Pathology, Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S., Plant Pathology, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A., Environmental Science, Wheaton College

Research Interests

  • Plant Diseases/Pathology
  • Sustainable Agriculture

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 510: Mushrooms, Molds, Mildews
  • BIOL 704: Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/ANFS
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Agri Nutr & Food

Selected Publications

Richter, B. S., Poleatewich, A., Hayslett, M., & Stofer, K. (2018). Finding the Gaps: An Assessment of Concepts, Skills, and Employer Expectations for Plant Pathology Foundational Courses. Plant Disease, 102(10), 1883-1898. doi:10.1094/pdis-11-17-1845-fe

Melnick, R. L., Testen, A. L., Poleatewich, A. M., Backman, P. A., & Bailey, B. A. (2012). Detection and expression of enterotoxin genes in endophytic strains of Bacillus cereus. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 54(5), 468-474. doi:10.1111/j.1472-765x.2012.03232.x

Poleatewich, A. M., Ngugi, H. K., & Backman, P. A. (2012). Assessment of Application Timing ofBacillusspp. to Suppress Pre- and Postharvest Diseases of Apple. Plant Disease, 96(2), 211-220. doi:10.1094/pdis-05-11-0383

Demers, A. M., Berner, D. K., & Backman, P. A. (2006). Enhancing incidence of Puccinia punctiformis, through mowing, to improve management of Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense). Biological Control, 39(3), 481-488. doi:10.1016/j.biocontrol.2006.06.014

Harris, C., Dickson, R., Fisher, P., Poleatewich, A., & Jackson, B. (n.d.). Evaluating peat-based substrates amended with wood products for nitrogen immobilization and effects on plant performance with container-grown petunia (Petunia × hybrida Vilm-Andr.). HortTechnology. Retrieved from

Most Cited Publications