Alexander Putman

 
 
 
Ph.D. Candidate
2510 Thomas Hall
112 Derieux Place
Raleigh, NC 27695-7616
Advisor: 

Ignazio Carbone, Lane Tredway

Biography: 

 

M.S. Agronomy, University of Connecticut, 2008

B.S. Natural Resource Sciences, University of Maryland, 2006
 
 
Experience
 
Ph.D. Candidate, North Carolina State University (2012-present)
Graduate Research Assistant, North Carolina State University (2009-2012)
Conduct dissertation research, supervise lab operation, train undergraduate workers, and assist with field program
Advisors: Drs. Ignazio Carbone and Lane Tredway
 
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Connecticut (2006-2008)
Conducted thesis research, conducted and supported field research trials, assisted in disease diagnosis, and supervised undergraduate workers
 
Student Intern, University of Maryland Turfgrass Research Facility (2005-2006)
Directed and supported plot maintenance and field research projects
 
Maintenance AssistantCountry Club of Farmington (2001-2004)
Assisted in nearly all aspects of golf course maintenance
Supervisor: John Ruzsbatzky
 
Research: 

 

I am interested in the population biology of plant pathogens, and in translating knowledge about hosts, plant pathogens, and their interactions into improving the sustainability of plant disease management.  My Ph.D. project is focused on Sclerotinia homoeocarpa, which causes dollar spot, the most economically significant disease of turfgrass worldwide.  I have developed genetic markers based on mating-type genes and microsatellites, and am using these tools to understand the evolutionary forces that are shaping diversity of S. homoeocarpa from different hosts and environments worldwide. Specific questions we are addressing with these data include what are sources of S. homoeocarpa inoculum, how the pathogen is disseminated worldwide, and are there signatures of recombination.

My research is part of an overarching goal of several turfgrass researchers to understand the basic biology of S. homoeocarpa.  In conjunction with Ignazio Carbone’s lab, this goal has developed into a collaboration with The Ohio State University on the Sclerotinia homoeocarpa Genome Project and with researchers at Rutgers University and USDA-ARS on systematics of fungi causing dollar spot. 
 
Funding
 
The Sclerotinia homoeocarpa genome project. Putman, A.I., H.D. Shew, and I. Carbone (PI). N.C. State University Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education. 7/1/12-6/30/13, $25,000
 
Understanding the basic biology of Sclerotinia homoeocarpa, causal agent of dollar spot of turfgrass. Putman, A.I., I. Carbone (co-PI), and L.P. Tredway (co-PI).Graduate Assistantship in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship in Biotechnology, N.C. State University Graduate School. 7/1/10-6/30/11, renewed 7/1/11-6/30/12, total of $63,563
 
 
Awards
 
Cover photo in Plant Disease (November), 2011
Member, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2011-present
Dr. James Watson Fellowship, Golf Course Superintendents Assoc. of America, 2011
Cover photo in Plant Disease (February), 2010
Crop Science Society of America C-5 Division Poster Presentation Contest, 2nd Place, 2009
Northeastern Weed Science Society Student Oral Presentation Contest, 2nd Place, 2008
Maryland Turfgrass Alumni Association Scholarship, 2006
Seigfried Weisberger, Jr., Memorial Scholarship, 2004-2006
President's Scholarship, 2004-2006
John J. Murphy Memorial Scholarship, 2003-2005
 
Activities
 
CALS Strategic Planning Workshops, 10 January and 13 February 2013
Department of Plant Pathology Strategic Planning Retreat, 12-14 October 2012
Service Raleigh, 2011-2012
Member, Plant Pathology Website Development Committee, 2010-present
Student Travel Award application reviewer, American Phytopathological Society, 2010-2011
BugFest (plant pathology booth), 2009, 2010, 2012
PPGSA Spring Clean up fundraiser, 2010-2013
CALS Alumni Tailgate, 2009, 2011
Representative, University Graduate Student Association, 2009-2010
University of Connecticut CANR Graduate Student Council Member, 2007-2008
American Society of Agronomy
Soil Science Society of America
 
Teaching: 

 

North Carolina State University

Plant-Microbe Interactions (PP707), Teaching Assistant (Spring 2011)
Prepared and gave full-length lectures, assisted students in developing their required lecture and paper discussion, assisted with making modifications to curriculum, guided discussion during instructor and student lectures
Mentors: Drs. Ignazio Carbone and Gary Payne
 
Graduate Student Summer Teaching Institute, Participant (June 6-9 2011)
Skills learned include developing effective learning environments, writing learning outcome statements, and developing active learning strategies
 
Forest Pathology (PP318), Teaching Assistant (Spring 2010)
Prepared of weekly lab materials, led or assisted with lab lectures, assisted lab exercises or experiments
Mentors: Drs. Michael Benson and Larry Grand
 
University of Connecticut
 
GSCAA 2008 Turf Bowl Preparation Seminar, Co-Instructor (Fall 2007)
Organized class and co-taught on various topics in turfgrass management, prepared live turfgrass and weed samples for identification
 
GSCAA 2007 Turf Bowl Preparation Seminar, Teaching Assistant (Fall 2006)
Prepared and assisted in identification of live plant samples, guest lectured on various topics in turfgrass management

 

Extension & Outreach: 

 

North Carolina State University

Trained, supervised, and mentored 8 undergraduate research assistants
Assisted with field evaluations
 

Putman, A.I.*, M.D. Soika, T. Shew, and H.D. Shew. 2012. Control of brown patch on a creeping bentgrass putting green. North Carolina State University Turfgrass Field Day, 8 August, Raleigh, NC.

Butler, E.L., Miller, G.L., and A.I. Putman. 2010. Advanced disease management for golf courses: dollar spot control and fungicide resistance. Turfgrass Council of North Carolina Annual Conference, 25-28 January 2010, Raleigh, NC.

Putman, A.I., Lannon, K.L., and B.S. Richter. 2010. Plant disease characteristics, diagnosis, and control. Nash County Master Gardner Lecture, 16 February 2010, Nashville, NC.

 
University of Connecticut
 
2 funding grant reports prepared for the New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation
17 notes published in Annual Research Reports
Assisted with turfgrass disease diagnosis at the Turfgrass Disease Diagnostic Center
Assisted with field evaluations of fungicides and herbicides and performed statistical analysis of data
Northeast Alliance Summer Research Program for Minority Students, Graduate Mentor (Summer 2007)
Supervised 6 undergraduate student workers
 
Selected Publications: 

 

Molecular Ecology Resources Primer Development Consortium, A.I. Putman, I. Carbone, and L.P. Tredway et al. Permanent Genetic Resources added to Molecular Ecology Resources Database 1 April–31 May 2013. Molecular Ecology Resources 13:966-968. (link) (primer and locus descriptions)

Putman, A.I., and J.E. Kaminski. 2011. Mowing frequency and plant growth regulator effects on dollar spot severity and on duration of dollar spot control by fungicides. Plant Disease 95:1433-1442. (link) (cover photo)

Putman, A.I., G. Jung, and J.E. Kaminski. 2010. Geographic distribution of fungicide-insensitive Sclerotinia homoeocarpa isolates from golf courses in the northeastern United States. Plant Disease 94:186-195. (link) (cover photo)

Kaminski, J.E., and A.I. Putman. 2009. Safety of bispyribac-sodium on colonial bentgrass and influence on brown patch severity. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal 11(1):219-226. (pdf)

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Abstracts

Putman, A.I.*, L.P. Tredway, and I. Carbone. 2013. Signatures of global dispersal and population structure in Sclerotinia homoeocarpa. Phytopathology 103:S2.116.

Beirn, L.A.*, L.P. Tredway, M.J. Boehm, A.M. Orshinsky, A.I. Putman, I. Carbone, B.B. Clarke, and J.A. Crouch. 2013. A new name for an age-old fungus: unraveling the mystery of dollar spot disease of turfgrass. Phytopathology 103:S2.14.

Putman, A.I.*, I. Carbone, and L.P. Tredway. 2012. Evidence of host association and geographic structure among historical strains and modern populations of Sclerotinia homoeocarpa. American Society of Agronomy Abstracts 102-22.

Putman, A.I.*, I. Carbone, and L.P. Tredway. 2012. Genetic analysis of worldwide Sclerotinia homoeocarpa populations with mating type and microsatellite markers. Phytopathology 102:S4.95

Putman, A.I.*, I. Carbone, and L.P. Tredway. 2011. Development and characterization of microsatellite markers for Sclerotinia homoeocarpa. American Society of Agronomy Abstracts 229-14.

Putman, A.I.*, I. Carbone, and L.P. Tredway. 2011. Genetic characterization and distribution of mating type genes in Sclerotinia homoeocarpa populations. Phytopathology 101:S147.

Putman, A.I.*, I. Carbone, and L.P. Tredway. 2011. Development and characterization of microsatellite markers for Sclerotinia homoeocarpa. Phytopathology 101:S147.

Kaminski, J.E.*, J.C. Inguagiato, and A.I. Putman. 2011. Influence of fungicide timing and post application irrigation on dollar spot severity. Phytopathology 101:S87.

Putman, A.I.*, and J.E. Kaminski. 2009. Influence of mowing frequency and plant growth regulators on dollar spot severity. American Society of Agronomy Abstracts 175-6.

Putman, A.I.*, and J.E. Kaminski. 2009. Interactions among mowing frequency and plant growth regulators on season-long dollar spot control with fungicides. American Society of Agronomy Abstracts 74-8.

Putman, A.I.*, and J.E. Kaminski. 2009. Comparison of sampling strategies to determine the prevalence of fungicide-insensitive Sclerotinia homoeocarpa. Proceedings of the 14th International Sclerotinia Workshop, 31 May-4 June 2009, Wilmington, NC.

Putman, A.I.*, and J.E. Kaminski. 2008. Geographic distribution of fungicide-insensitive Sclerotinia homoeocarpa in New England. American Society of Agronomy Abstracts 561-6.

Putman, A.I.*, and J.E. Kaminski. 2008. Influence of early and late season fungicide applications on dollar spot severity. American Society of Agronomy Abstracts 564-4.

Kaminski, J.E.*, and A.I. Putman. 2008. Early season suppression of Sclerotinia homoeocarpa inoculum in turf. Proceedings of the International Congress of Plant Pathology. Journal of Plant Pathology (abstr.) 90:S2.268-269.

Putman, A.I., and J.E. Kaminski*. 2008. Interaction among plant growth regulators, fungicides, and mowing frequency on dollar spot control in golf course fairways.  Proceedings of the European Turfgrass Society Conference 1:155-156.

Putman, A.I.*, and J.E. Kaminski. 2008. Influence of bispyribac-sodium on brown patch severity. Proceedings Northeastern Weed Science Society 62:32.

 

Selected Other Presentations
 
Putman, A.I.*, L.P. Tredway, and I. Carbone. 2013. Worldwide population biology of the turfgrass pathogen Sclerotinia homoeocarpa. Department of Plant Pathology, 7 June, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China.
 
Putman, A.I.*, L.P. Tredway, and I. Carbone. 2013. Worldwide population biology of the turfgrass pathogen Sclerotinia homoeocarpa. Key Laboratory of Agro-Biodiversity and Pest Management, 3 June, Yunnan Agricultural University, Kunming, Yunnan, China.
 
Putman, A.I.*, L.P. Tredway, and I. Carbone. 2013. Worldwide population biology of the turfgrass pathogen Sclerotinia homoeocarpa. College of Plant Protection, Nanjing Agricultural University, 27 May, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.
 
Putman, A.I.*, L.P. Tredway, and I. Carbone. 2013. Worldwide population biology of the turfgrass pathogen Sclerotinia homoeocarpa. Institute of Ecology, Zhejiang University, 23 May, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.
 
Putman, A.I.*, L.P. Tredway, and I. Carbone. 2013. Signatures of host association, substructure, and global dispersal in the population biology of Sclerotinia homoeocarpa. Georgia Association of Plant Pathologists Annual Meeting, 12-13 March, Jekyll Island, GA.
 
* = presenting author