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Welcome To Our Lab

The University of Florida Landscape Nematology Lab is the premier laboratory dedicated to diagnosis and management of plant-parasitic nematodes affecting turfgrasses and ornamental plants. Our goal is to provide the turfgrass and ornamental industries the information and technologies they need to minimize the harmful effects of nematodes in an effective, safe, and environmentally responsible manner.

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    Our Faculty & Staff

    • Crow Dr. Crow is a 6th generation Floridian, a husband, and father of three.

      Dr. Billy Crow CVProfessor of Nematology

    • Bean Tom Bean manages the field research activities of the Landscape Nematology Lab.

      Tom BeanStaff/Biologist

    • Turner Jay Cee Turner manages the lab and greenhouse activities of the Landscape Nematology Lab.

      Jay Cee TurnerBiological Scientist

    Dr. William T. (Billy) Crow is an Associate Professor and Landscape Nematologist at the University of Florida. He is assisted by his excellent staff, Tom Bean and Jay Cee Turner.

    Our Graduate Students

    • Aryal Sudarshan Aryal is a Ph.D. student from Nepal. His current research topic is Integrated Pest Management of Sting Nematode on Turfgrass.

      Sudarshan Aryal

    • Baidoo Richard Baidoo is a Ph.D. student from Ghana. His current research topic is Integrated Pest Management of root-knot nematodes on Cut Foliage Crops.

      Richard Baidoo

    • Gu Mengyi (Tina) Gu is a M.S. student from China. Her research topic is New Nematode Management Options for Turfgrasses.

      Mengyi Gu (Tina)

    Our graduate students come from around the country and around the globe! They work very hard on their research projects and helping Dr. Crow with his ongoing research program. They publish research papers in referred scientific journals, and make presentations at national and international scientific meetings. They participate in extension efforts by presenting their research at field days and other grower events, and writing extension publications and trade magazine articles.

    Lab Alumni

    • Groary Pauric Mc Groary (M.S. 2007): Thesis "Timing of Nematicide Applications for Control of Belonolaimus longicaudatus on Golf Course Fairways." Currently Pauric is a General Manager/Agronomist with A&L Eastern Laboratories in Virginia.

      Pauric Mc Groary

    • Hixon Adam C. Hixson (M.S. 2003): Thesis "Belonolaimus longicaudatus and Hoplolaimus galeatus on Seashore Paspalum (Paspalum vaginatum). Currently Adam is a Technical Services Representative for BASF based in Texas.

      Adam C. Hixson

    • Levin Roi Levin (M.S. 2005): Thesis "Reproduction and Identification of Root-Knot Nematodes on Perennial Ornamental Plants in Florida." Currently Roi is a Managing Partner of Environmental Pest and Lawn Services in Orlando, FL.

      Roi Levin

    • Luc John E. Luc received his M.S. (2004) and Ph.D. (2009) in our lab. His M.S. Thesis title was "Effects of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes and Nitrogen Fertility Management on Hybrid Bermudagrass." His Ph.D. Dissertation title was "Utilization of Candidatus Pasteuria usgae as a Biological Control for Belonolaimus longicaudatus."

      John E. Luc

    • Pang Wenjing Pang (Ph.D. 2010): Thesis "Responses of Bermudagrass and Seashore Paspalum to Sting and Spiral Nematodes." Wenjing currently works as a nematologist in industry.

      Wenjing Pang

    • Sekora Nicholas Sekora (Ph.D.2012): Dissertation "Diagnostic Application of FAME Analysis for the Identification of Meloidogyne Species. Nick is currently a Post-Doctoral researcher in the UF Entomology & Nematology.

      Nicholas Sekora

    • Welch Johanna Welch (DPM 2005): Johanna is a Pest Survey Specialist with USDA/AHIS/PPQ based in Pensacola, FL.

      Johanna Welch

    • Zhang Yun Zhang (M.S. 2010): Thesis "Evaluation of Amino Acids Against Belonolaimus longicaudatus." Currently Yun is a Technical Executive with Bayer Cropscience in China.

      Yun Zhang

    Our lab alumni are former graduate students who have completed their degrees and have moved on to bigger and better things. They are working for agrichemical companies, private diagnostic labs, landscape maintenance companies, academic institutions, and government agencies. We are very proud of all of them!

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