Luisa Santamaria

Assistant Professor Extension Plant Pathology Specialist and Bilingual Educator

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Started at NWREC: March 2009

Department: Botany & Plant Pathology

Duties:  Extension and outreach activities to support the nursery industry through educational programs, and applied research in different aspects of plant health in nursery crops.  Support bilingual education in different agriculture sectors to promote the production of healthy plants, and worker awareness about best management practices.


Research Interests: 

  • Soilborne plant pathogens (Pythium, Phytophthora, and Verticillium spp) related with nursery and greenhouse production.
  • Evaluation of fungicide resistance of Pythium isolates from nursery and greenhouse crops.
  • Plant –microorganism interactions, biological control agents for plant disease management.
  • Soil photosynthetic free-living microorganism such as Cyanobacteria from nursery environments, as a potential source of metabolic compounds to management plant pathogen or potential biofertilizers for their nitrogen-fixing characteristics.


Ph.D. Plant Pathology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE.              2007

M.S. Horticultural Sc., University of Delaware, Newark, DE.              1996

B.S. Biological Sc., Pontifical Catholic University, Quito – Ecuador.  1991


Home Town : Originally from Ecuador. Now residing in the U.S for the past 11 years and currently living in Wilsonville.