Anissa Poleatewich

Graduate Program Coordinator
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
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/ANFS
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Agri Nutr & Food
  • MCBS 999: Doctoral Thesis
  • SAFS 795W: Investigations

Selected Publications

Buitenhuis, R., Poleatewich, A., Jandricic, M., & Brownbridge, M. (2020). Risk of Spreading Soft Rot Through Cutting Dips Against Whiteflies in Greenhouse-Grown Poinsettia. Plant Disease, 104(8), 2262-2268. doi:10.1094/pdis-12-19-2632-re

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 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 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

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