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Ben Averitt, Plant Nematology Lab Manager

Academic Background

M.S. Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2016
B.S. Crop Science, North Carolina State University, 2013
B.S. Plant Biology, North Carolina State University, 2013

Research Interests and Current Efforts

Ben Averitt manages our Plant Nematology Laboratory. His efforts are focused on nematode population maintenance and high throughput screening of soybean germplasm for cyst and root-knot nematode resistance in collaboration with the UGA Soybean Breeding and Molecular Genetics Laboratory. He is especially interested in process improvement and soybean variety development.


Averitt BJ, Shang C, Rosso L, Qin J, Zhang M, Rainy KM, and Zhang B. Impact of mips1, lpa1, and lpa2 alleles for low phytic acid content on agronomic, seed quality, and seed composition traits of soybean. Crop Science 2017, 57(5): 2490-2499.

Averitt BJ, Taylor DP, Kuhn DD, and Zhang B. Developing a protocol for testing low phytic acid soy meal based feed on Pacific white shrimp. The International Journal of Environment & Agricultural Science. 2017, 1(1).

Liu G, Zhao L, Averitt BJ, Ying L, Zhang B, Chang R, Ma Y, Luan X, Guan R, and Qiu L. Geographical distribution of GmTfl1 alleles in Chinese soybean varieties. 2015. The Crop Journal 2015, 3(5): 371-378.