UGA Plant Pathology Blog

Dr. Jonathan Oliver joins UGA Plant Pathology as a new fruit pathologist in Tifton

Jon Oliver

We are excited to announce that Dr. Jonathan Oliver has joined the Department of Plant Pathology as a new fruit pathologist on the Tifton Campus, focusing his research (75%) and extension (25%) activities on pathogen biology and disease management in fruit crops grown primarily in the southern part of Georgia, including blueberries, blackberries, and other emerging fruit crops. Dr. Oliver obtained a BS degree in Plant Pathology and Microbiology & Cell Science with a minor in Chemistry and Plant Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Florida, and a PhD in Plant Microbe Biology and a minor specialization in Genomics and Plant Molecular Biology from Cornell University, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY. At Cornell, he conducted his doctoral work under the direction of Marc Fuchs, analyzing sequence variability within Prunus necrotic ringspot virus and Grapevine fanleaf virus isolates. He subsequently conducted postdoctoral research at Auburn University (working on Xylella fastidiosa) and at Kansas State University (working on Tomato spotted wilt virus and its thrips vectors). Dr. Oliver’s office and lab will be located in the Natural Products Lab in Tifton; please stop by and say hello when you get a chance!