Plant Pathology Graduate Program

Michael E. Stanghellini

Michael E. Stanghellini
Office: 951-827-3407
Fawcett Laboratory, 234 B
Office Hours: , not specified - not specified
Email: michael.stanghellini@ucr.edu

Michael E. Stanghellini

Professor of Plant Pathology & Plant Pathologist; Cy Mouradick Chair for Desert Agriculture
Ecology, epidemiology, and management of soilborne pathogens

PhD    Plant Pathology 1969 --      University of California, Berkeley 
MS     Plant Pathology 1965 --       University of Hawaii, Honolulu
BA     Biological Sciences 1963 --   University of Califiornia, Davis

Biography & Research Interests

Dr. Stanghellini's research interests include the ecology, epidemiology and management of soilborne root-infecting plant pathogens, focusing on understanding microbial interactions in the rhizosphere and how environmental factors influence the outcome of these interactions. The ultimate objective is to apply knowledge derived from basic research towards the economic management of root diseases of field and hydroponically grown crops. Dr. Stanghellini's current research is on the development of management strategies for the control of Monosporascus cannonballus and Macrophomina phaseolina (destructive root pathogens of muskmelon), the use of synthetic surfactants and microbially-produced biosurfactants for the control of zoosporic plant pathogens in recirculating irrigation systems, and the role and biological control of insects that serve as vectors of soilborne pathogenic fungi and bacteria in enclosed agriculture environments.


  • Lifetime Achievement Award, The American Phytopathological Society, Pacific Division, 2003
  • Fellow, The American Phytopathological Society, 1995


  • Nielsen, C.J., D.M. Ferrin, and M.E. Stanghellini. 2006. Efficacy of biosurfactants in the management of Phytophthora capsici in recirculating cultural systems. Can. J. Plant Pathol. 28:450-460.
  • Nielsen, C.J., D.M. Ferrin, and M.E. Stanghellini. 2006. Cyclic production of sporangia and zoospores by Phytophthora capsici on pepper roots in hydroponic culture. Can. J. Plant Pathol. 28:461-466.
  • Ferrin, D.M., and M. E. Stanghellini. 2006. Effect of osmotic water potential on mycelial growth and perithecial production of Monosporascus cannonballus in vitro. Plant Pathology 55:421-426.
  • El-Hamalawi, Z.A., and M. E. Stanghellini. 2005.  Disease development on lisianthus following acquisition and aerial transmission of Fusarium avenaceum by adult shore flies, fungus gnats, and moth flies. Plant Dis. 89:619-623.
  •  Stanghellini, M.E., and Z.A. El-Hamalawi. 2005. Efficacy of Beauveria bassiana on colonized millet seed as a biopesticide for the control of shore flies. Hort. Sci.40:1384-1388.
  • Waugh, M.M., D. M. Ferrin, and M.E. Stanghellini. 2005. Colonization of cantaloupe roots by Monosporascus  cannonballus. Mycological Research 109:1297-1301.
  • Radewald, K.C., Ferrin, D.M., and Stanghellini, M.E. 2004. Sanitation practices that inhibit reproduction of Monosporascus cannonballus in melon roots left in the field after crop termination. Plant Pathology 52:660-668.
  • Stanghellini, M.E., Kim, D.H., Waugh, M.M., Ferrin, D.M., Alcantara, T. and Rasmussen, S.L. 2004. Infection and colonizaton of melon roots by Monosporascus cannonballus in two cropping seasons in Arizona and California. Plant Pathology 53:54-57.
  • Stanghellini, M.E., Waugh, M.M., Radewald, K.C., Kim, D.H., Ferrin, D.M. and Turini, T. 2004. Crop residue destruction strategies that enhance rather than inhibit reproduction of Monosporascus cannonballus. Plant Pathology 53:50-53.
  • Stanghellini, M.E., Ferrin, D.M., Kim, D.H., Waugh, M.M., Radewald, K.C., Sims, J.J., Ohr, H.D., Mayberry, K.S., Turini, T., McCaslin, M.A. 2003. Application of preplant fumigants via drip irrigation systems for the management of root rot of melons caused by Monosporascus cannonballus. Plant Dis.87:1176-1178.
  • Waugh, M.M., Kim, D.H., Ferrin, D. M. and Stanghellini, M.E. 2003 Reproductive potential of Monosporascus cannonballus. Plant Dis.87:45-50.
  • Waugh, M.M., Stanghellini, M.E., and Kim, D.H. 2001. Scanning electron microscopy of germinated ascospores of Monosporascus cannonballus. Mycol. Res. 105:745-748.
  • Stanghellini, M.E., Nielsen, C.J., Kim D.H., Rasmussen, S.L., and Rorbaugh, P.A. 2000. Influence of sub- versus top-irrigation and surfactants in a recirculating system on disease incidence caused by Phytophthora spp. in potted pepper plants. Plant Dis. 84:1147-1150.
  • Stanghellini, M.E., Kim, D.H., and Waugh, M. 2000. Microbe-mediated germination of ascospores of Monosporascus cannonballus. Phytopathology 90:243-247.
  • Stanghellini, M.E., Kim, D.H., and Rasmussen, S.L. 1999. Aerial transmission of Thielaviopsis basicola, a pathogen of corn-salad, by shore flies. Phytopathology 89:476-479.
  • Stanghellini, M.E. and Miller, R.M. 1997. Biosurfactants: their identity and potential efficacy in the biological control of zoosporic plant pathogens. Plant Disease 81:4-12.
  • Stanghellini, M.E., Kim, D.H., Rasmussen, S.L., and Rorabough, P.A. 1996. Control of root rot of peppers caused by Phytophthora capsici with a nonionic surfactant. Plant Disease 80:1113-1116.
  • Stanghellini, M.E., Kim, D.H., and Rasmussen, S.L. 1996. Ascospores of Monosporascus cannonballus: germination and distribution in cultivated and desert soils. Phytopathology 86:509-514.

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