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Plant Pathology Program Leader





Chakradhar Mattupalli                                                    

Research Professor/Extension Specialist – Plant Pathology
Office phone: 719-754-3594 x16
Mobile phone: 719-480-4811



Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.Sc. in Horticulture, Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Nagpur, India
B.Sc. in Agriculture, Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University, Bapatla, India

Research Interests

The primary focus of my program at the San Luis Valley Research Center is to conduct grower-oriented research and build grower engagement programs on disease management of various crops grown in the San Luis Valley, primarily in potatoes.

Awards and Honors

• American Phytopathological Society (APS)-Southern Division Student/Post-Doc Travel Award (2017)
• Schroth Faces of the Future-Early Career Professional Symposium Speaker (2016)
• APS Foundation John S. Niederhauser Student Travel Award (2012)
• Albert J. and Adelaide E. Riker Plant Pathology Graduate Award (2012)
• APS Foundation Don E. Mathre Student Travel Award (2010)
• William T. Dible – Terra International Inc. Scholarship (2010)
• APS-North Central Division Student Travel Award (2009)
• Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Birth Centenary Gold Medal (2004)
• Barrister Sheshrao Wankhede Gold Medal (2004)
• Neelamraju Gangaprasad Rao and Kamala Gold Medal (2002)


• Mattupalli, C., Seethepalli, A., York, L. M., and Young, C. A. 2019. Digital imaging to evaluate root system architectural changes associated with soil biotic factors. Phytobiomes Journal. https://doi.org/10.1094/PBIOMES-12-18-0062-R.
• Mattupalli, C., Moffet, C. A., Shah, K. N., and Young, C. A. 2018. Supervised classification of RGB aerial imagery to evaluate the impact of a root rot disease. Remote Sensing. 10:917.
• Young C. A., Bock, C. H., Charlton, N. D., Mattupalli, C., Krom, N., Bowen, J. K., Templeton, M., Plummer, K. M., and Wood, B. W. 2018. Evidence for sexual reproduction: identification, frequency, and spatial distribution of Venturia effusa (pecan scab) mating type idiomorphs. Phytopathology. 108:837-846.
• Mattupalli, C., Komp, M. R., and Young, C. A. 2017. Integrating geospatial technologies and unmanned aerial systems in growers’ disease management toolbox. APS Features. doi:10.1094/APSFeature-2017-7.
• Mattupalli, C., Glasner, J. D., and Charkowski, A. O. 2014. A draft genome sequence reveals the Helminthosporium solani arsenal for cell wall degradation. American Journal of Potato Research 91:517-524.
• Mattupalli, C., Spraker, J. E., Berthier, E., Charkowski, A. O., Keller, N. P., and Shepherd, R. W. 2014. A microfluidic assay for identifying differential responses of plant and human fungal pathogens to tobacco phylloplanins. Plant Health Progress 15:130-134.
• Mattupalli, C., Genger, R. K., and Charkowski, A. O. 2013. Evaluating incidence of Helminthosporium solani and Colletotrichum coccodes on asymptomatic organic potatoes and screening potato lines for resistance to silver scurf. American Journal of Potato Research 90:369-377.

• Mattupalli, C., Pedrozo, R. and Stockwell, V. 2018. Finding a job as a plant pathologist: Exploiting the job triangle. Phytopathology News 52:95.
• Tomimatsu, G., Mattupalli, C. and Grunwald, N. 2018. Emerging and re-emerging pathogens: a constant threat to global agriculture. Phytopathology News 52:50.
• Young, C. A., and Mattupalli, C. 2018. Stalking a root rot disease from the sky. Noble News and Views 36:10-11.
• Mattupalli, C., Moffet, C. A., Rogers, J. K., and Young, C. A. 2016. Drones used to monitor alfalfa root rot disease. Hay and Forage Grower. February issue p.22.