2011-to date: PhD. student, Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge-LA.
2002: B.Sc. (Industrial Microbiology), Pontificia Universidad Javeriana- Bogota (Colombia)
Area of Research:
Brown rust, caused by Puccinia melanocephala, is an important disease of sugarcane. Shifts in disease response from resistant to susceptible have been repeatedly observed for sugarcane cultivars; inoculations under controlled conditions will helpful to evaluate as method for cross appraisal of brown rust resistance. The lack of durability in the resistance to brown rust is the most important aspect that could be studied with the objective to improve the understanding of expression and basis for resistance in order to develop resistant varieties with more durable resistance.
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Publications, posters, oral presentation:
Avellaneda M.C., Bombecini J. and Hoy J. 2013. Variability in Puccinia melanocephala pathogenicity and sugarcane cultivar resistance in Louisiana. Abstracts APS-MSA American Phytopathological Society and Mycology Society of America Joint Meeting. Austin, TX. August 10-14, 2013
Avellaneda M.C., Hoy J.W. and Pontif M.J. 2013. Seedling Inoculation for Cross Appraisal of Brown Rust Resistance. ASSCT American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Florida and Louisiana Divisions 43 Annual Joint Meeting. Panama City Beach, FL. June 12-14, 2013
Avellaneda M.C., Mirkov E. and Victoria J. 2008. “A transgenic resistance to ratoon stunting and leaf scald diseases of the sugarcane variety CC 85-92,using the 1SD gene. Abstracts ISSC IX Pathology and VI Molecular Biology Workshop. Cali, Colombia . June 23-27, 2008.
Buzón K., Parrado D., Quevedo B., Victoria J. and Avellaneda M.C. 2008. “Isolation, selection and molecular characterization of wild yeasts found in ethanol production at Providencia Sugarmill. Abstracts ISSCT IX Pathology and VI Molecular Biology Workshop. Cali, Colombia. June 23-27, 2008.
Victoria J.I., Avellaneda M.C., Ángel J.C., Guzmán M.L. 2005. “Resistance to Sugarcane Yellow Leaf virus in Colombia”. Proceedings XXV ISSCT Congress International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists. Volume 2. Atagua, Guatemala. 30 january-4 february, 2005.
Avellaneda M.C., Ángel J. C., Victoria J.I. 2003. “Resistance of different varieties of sugarcane to the virus that causes the yellow leaf syndrome”. Abstracts ISSCT Sugarcane Pathology Workshop VII. Louisiana State University. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. May 11-16, 2003.
Avellaneda M.C., Díaz-Granados C., Ángel J. C., Victoria J.I. 2001. “Transmisión del virus del síndrome de la hoja amarilla (Sugarcane Yellow Leaf luteovirus ScYLV) empleando a los áfidos Melanaphis sacchari y Rhopalosiphum maidis como vectores”. Memorias XXII Congreso de la Asociación Colombiana de Fitopatología y Ciencias Afines ASCOLFI. Pg. 48.
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