Mizuho Nita, PhD

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist, Grape Disease Management

Mizuho’s research goal as a grape pathologist is to develop biologically and environmentally sound disease management methods through the integration of information obtained from lab and field studies. Based on his training in applied plant pathology and plant disease epidemiology, he uses statistical and analytical methods and contemporary microbial technologies to correctly define and evaluate pathogen biology. His research activities include disease surveillance, exploration of cultural and chemical means of disease and vector management, fungicide and fungicide-alternative testing, fungicide resistance examination, cultivar disease susceptibility evaluation, and novel diagnostic tools development. In his extension program, he uses a mix of traditional and technology-based resources for dissemination of education materials to reach growers and Cooperative Extension agents in Virginia and nationally.