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Susan L Meyer

Research Plant Pathologist



Margaret Macdonald (Peggy)
Biological Science Laboratory Technician


Biographical Information:

Dr. Meyer received her Master's degree in Botany from the University of Minnesota and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Georgia. She was subsequently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto and at York University, and then came to Beltsville, MD as a Research Plant Pathologist with the USDA/ARS Nematology Laboratory in 1986.


Research Interests:

The research in my laboratory focuses on evaluation of cover crops, soil amendments, and microbes (including beneficial plant endophytes) for improving suppression of plant-parasitic nematode populations in important agricultural crops. Additionally, natural products are isolated and identified from biological sources to determine mode of action against nematodes, and as possible sources of biobased products for managing nematodes. Potential control agents are tested singly or in combination with other management strategies. The overall goal of this research is to develop efficient, biologically based control strategies.