Principle Investigator

Principle Investigator

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Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski

Associate Professor


Phone : 863.956.8666

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My research program focuses on the biology and microbial ecology of insects, particularly vectors of plant pathogens. Currently, I am investigating transmission of the Huanglongbing (HLB) pathogen, Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (Las), by the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), Diaphorina citri, to further the development of successful ACP management programs. Aspects of this research include evaluating the effects of Las on ACP fitness and investigating the distribution and function of ACP endosymbionts. 

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