Emran Ali

Emran Ali
Assoc State Spec Professor
Office: UNH Cooperative Extension Food and Agriculture, UNH- Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824

My lab focuses on state-of-the-art research with cost-efficient modern disease diagnostic methods across a range of crops. We research on applied epidemiology of major pathogens in vegetable, fruit, and ornaments crops. We use standard and advanced molecular tools for understanding plant-microbe interactions and sustainable diseases management. We implement statewide major plant disease surveys to detect and quantify disease risks while also providing molecular characterization of newly reported plant pathogens. We also develop, optimize and implement methods for operational fungicides (DMI, QoI, SDHI, etc.) resistance evaluation and their underlying mechanisms of fungicide resistance. Our extension efforts are dedicated to addressing stakeholder needs and providing appropriate information for multiple stakeholders in a timely manner.

Research Interests

  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Diagnostic Tools and Devices
  • Genomics
  • Horticultural Crop Improvement
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Mycology
  • Plant Diseases/Pathology
  • Plant Virology

Selected Publications

  • Qin, D., Jiang, Y., Zhang, R., Ali, E., Huo, J., & Li, Y. (n.d.). First Report of Fusarium concentricum Causing Shoot Blight on Podocarpus macrophyllus in China. Plant Disease. doi:10.1094/pdis-07-21-1490-pdn

  • Hudson, O., Fulton, J. C., Dong, A. K., Dufault, N. S., & Ali, M. E. (2021). Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum Molecular Diagnostics Past, Present and Future.. Int J Mol Sci, 22(18). doi:10.3390/ijms22189735

  • Hudson, O., Waliullah, S., Ji, P., & Ali, M. E. (2021). Molecular Characterization of Laboratory Mutants of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum Resistant to Prothioconazole, a Demethylation Inhibitor (DMI) Fungicide.. J Fungi (Basel), 7(9). doi:10.3390/jof7090704

  • Ali, M. E., & Waliullah, S. (2021). A Core35S Promoter of Cauliflower Mosaic Virus Drives More Efficient Replication of Turnip Crinkle Virus.. Plants (Basel), 10(8). doi:10.3390/plants10081700

  • Stackhouse, T., Waliullah, S., Martinez-Espinoza, A. D., Bahri, B., & Ali, M. E. (n.d.). Development of a Co-Dominant Cleaved Amplified Polymorphic Sequences Assay for the Rapid Detection and Differentiation of Two Pathogenic Clarireedia spp. Associated with Dollar Spot in Turfgrass. Agronomy, 11(8), 1489. doi:10.3390/agronomy11081489

  • Ali, M. E., Bennett, A., Stackhouse, T., Waliullah, S., & Oliver, J. E. (2021). First Report of Citrus Tristeza Virus Infecting Citrus Trees in Georgia, U.S.A.. Plant Disease, 105(7), 2024. doi:10.1094/pdis-02-21-0365-pdn

  • Hudson, O., Waliullah, S., Fulton, J. C., Ji, P., Dufault, N. S., Keinath, A., & Ali, M. E. (2021). Marker Development for Differentiation of Fusarium Oxysporum f. sp. Niveum Race 3 from Races 1 and 2.. Int J Mol Sci, 22(2). doi:10.3390/ijms22020822

  • Fulton, J. C., Amaradasa, B. S., Ertek, T. S., Iriarte, F. B., Sanchez, T., Ji, P., . . . Dufault, N. S. (2021). Phylogenetic and phenotypic characterization of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum isolates from Florida-grown watermelon.. PLoS One, 16(3), e0248364. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0248364

  • Stackhouse, T., Martinez-Espinoza, A. D., & Ali, M. E. (2020). Turfgrass Disease Diagnosis: Past, Present, and Future.. Plants (Basel), 9(11). doi:10.3390/plants9111544

  • Waliullah, S., Bell, J., Jagdale, G., Stackhouse, T., Hajihassani, A., Brenneman, T., & Ali, M. E. (2020). Rapid detection of pecan root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne partityla, in laboratory and field conditions using loop-mediated isothermal amplification.. PLoS One, 15(6), e0228123. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0228123