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Christian D Cruz

Botany and Plant Pathology 

  • Assistant Professor, epidemiology of emerging and re-emerging diseases
Lilly Hall Room 1-325

 General Information

His research finding have led to 7 publications since his arrival at Purdue in 2018. He has presented at 24 national and 11 international conferences, and his work has received over 400 citations.  He has integrated collaborative research activities with universities, international agricultural research centers, and the industry.  Looking forward, he is interested in addressing the challenges of endemic, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases that are of agronomic importance in the U.S. and internationally.  He has an extensive background in crop biosecurity, crop protection, epidemiology, and plant disease management and is currently embracing the transformation of agriculture to a more data driven science. He is building his program structured on three areas. 1) Monitoring diseases, where he is using sensors and other technologies to collect phenotypic data. 2) Prediction analysis, which is based on modeling. 3) Action, which is to help develop strategies for disease management.  His program is focusing on two disease systems, Tar Spot of Corn and Wheat Blast. 

Botany and Plant Pathology, 915 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA, (765) 494-4614

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