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Entomology and Plant Pathology

Dr. Jacqueline Fletcher, Regents Professor, Sarkeys Distinguished Professor, NIMFFAB Director

B.S., Emory University, 1970

M.S., University of Montana, 1972

Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1979



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National Institute for Microbial Forensics and Food and Agricultural Biosecurity (NIMFFAB)


PLP 5304 Phytobacteriology
ENTO/PLP 5992     Career Skills and Professionalism

Lab members, students and collaborators:

Collaborators: Dr. Ulrich Melcher, OSU Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Dr. Benny Bruton and Sam Pair, USDA-ARS, Lane, OK; Dr. Forrest Mitchell, TAMU-Stephenville


1) Insect transmission of phytopathogenic mollicutes (spiroplasmas and phytoplasmas)
a. Specificity of transmission of phytopathogenic mollicutes (Spiroplasma citri) by leafhoppers
b. Factors mediating spiroplasma transmission: bacterial adhesins and insect receptors

2) Molecular biology and gene regulation of phytopathogenic mollicutes
a. Mollicute phylogeny and evolution
b. Genomics: sequencing of S. kunkelii

3) Phytobacterial diseases of importance to Oklahoma
a. Characterization and phylogeny of the yellow vine bacterium (YVB)
b. Mechanisms of YVB adaptation to its multiple ecological niches
c. Dissemination of the YVB, including the potential for insect transmission
d. Development of effective and economical management strategies for yellow vine

Other professional activities:

Departmental activities:
RPT Committee
Graduate Student Handbook Revision Committee
Department reporter to Phytopathology News

Division activities:
Effective Teaching Committee (1992-95)
Agriculture Faculty Council (1996-98) (Secretary, 1997-98)
Experiment Station (ESCOP) Leadership Development Intern (1998-99)

University activities:
Faculty Council (1999-2002)- Representing Group I Biological Sciences
Academic Standards and Policy Committee

Professional society involvement:
Associate Editor, Plant Disease (1987-1990)
Senior Editor, APS Press (1990-1993)
APS National Secretary (1993-1996)
APS Councilor-at-Large (1996-1999)

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