Anissa Poleatewich

Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (603) 862-0104
Office: Agriculture, Nutrition & Food Systems, Rudman Hall Rm 191, Durham, NH 03824

My lab focuses on the use of sanitation, beneficial microbes, and plant resistance to manage disease in several horticultural crops including greenhouse flowers, greenhouse vegetables, strawberries, quinoa, and tree fruit. My research explores the interactions between microbial biopesticides, plants, and the environment to identify best practices for integrated pest management. We specialize in biological control of plant diseases and the role microbes and their metabolites play in plant health, yield and quality.

We are 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

  • ANFS 901: ANFS Graduate Intro Course
  • ANFS 999: Doctoral Research
  • BIOL 510: Mushrooms, Molds, Mildews
  • BIOL 704/804: Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • GEN 799H: Honors Senior Thesis
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/ANFS
  • INCO 790: Advanced Research Experience
  • MCBS 999: Doctoral Thesis
  • SAFS 651: Plant Pathology
  • SAFS 795W: Investigations

Selected Publications

DeGenring, L., Dickson, R., & Poleatewich, A. (2023). Inhibition of Botrytis cinerea Growth and Suppression of Gray Mold on Petunia Leaves Using Chitosan.. Plant Dis, 107(3), 840-848. doi:10.1094/PDIS-07-22-1628-RE

Poleatewich, A., Backman, P., & Nolen, H. (2022). Evaluation of Endospore-Forming Bacteria for Suppression of Postharvest Decay of Apple Fruit.. Microorganisms, 11(1). doi:10.3390/microorganisms11010081

Poleatewich, A., Michaud, I., Jackson, B., Krause, M., & DeGenring, L. (n.d.). The Effect of Peat Moss Amended with Three Engineered Wood Substrate Components on Suppression of Damping-Off Caused by Rhizoctonia solani. Agriculture, 12(12), 2092. doi:10.3390/agriculture12122092

Degenring, L., Peter, K. A., & Poleatewich, A. M. (2022). Reduced risk and chitosan treatments suppress apple scab caused by Venturia inaequalis on leaves and fruit. In PHYTOPATHOLOGY Vol. 112 (pp. 20). Retrieved from

Nolen, H., Davis, T. M., & Poleatewich, A. M. (2022). Characterizing soil microbial communities of Chenopodium species in North America. In PHYTOPATHOLOGY Vol. 112 (pp. 21). Retrieved from

Harris, C. N., Dickson, R. W., Fisher, P. R., Jackson, B. E., & Poleatewich, A. M. (2020). Evaluating Peat Substrates Amended with Pine Wood Fiber for Nitrogen Immobilization and Effects on Plant Performance with Container-grown Petunia. HORTTECHNOLOGY, 30(1), 107-116. doi:10.21273/HORTTECH04526-19

Richter, B. S., Poleatewich, A., Hayslett, M., & Stofer, K. (2018). Finding the Gaps: An Assessement 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 of Bacillus spp. 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

Most Cited Publications