David E. Perla

Graduate Student
Ph.D. Research: Phytophthora spp. affecting vegetables

David Perla

David working with cucurbits in the greenhouse.

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164 Plant Biology Lab

  • M.Sc., Entomology/Nematology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • B.S., Agronomy, Universidad Nacional de Agricultura, Catacamas Olancho, Honduras

During the history of the humanity, there was a big chapter that affected the human pattern of migration. The Great Irish Famine was responsible for millions of people starving to death in Ireland, forcing survivors to emigrate to the USA and other countries. The oomycete pathogen, Phytophthora infestans, was responsible for this catastrophe and is a pathogen that is still a concern to farmers today. Although the direct effects of Phytophthora spp. on human beings is not known, we do know the significant impact they have as they indirectly affect people’s lives at the most basic level, through decreased crop yields in the field. Every year, millions of dollars are invested in the fight against these pathogens.  Because of the significant impact Phytophthora spp. have financially on farmers and thus the country’s economy, my research interest is focused on improving different strategies to manage Phytophthora diseases in the greenhouse and the field.

David’s Publications

Perla, D.E., Faghihi, J., Foster, R., and Ferris, V.R.  2014.  Management of root knot nematodes (Meloidogyne incognita) in Indiana soybean.  Open Access Theses.  666.  https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/open_access_theses/666

Gramlich, A., Tandy, S., Gauggel, C., Lopez, M., Perla, D., Gozales, V., and Schulin, R.  2018.  Soil cadmium uptake by cocoa in Honduras.  Science of the Total Environment 612:370-378.