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Current project focuses on epidemiology and management of stagonospora nodorum blotch (SNB, caused by Stagonospora nodorum) of wheat. Overall goal of my project is to develop a prediction model to predict severity of SNB in winter wheat during the season.
M. S. Research: focused on incidence and management of post-harvest fungal decay affecting southern highbush blueberries. Advised by Dr. Harald Scherm, Department of Plant Pathology, UGA
Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, January 2011–present
Master’s of Science in Plant Pathology, University of Georgia (UGA), December 2010
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Honors in Plant Protection), Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab, India. June 2008
2013 American Phytopathological Society Student Travel Award
2010 American Phytopathological Society Student Travel Award
American Phytopathological Society
Plant Pathology Society of North Carolina
Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association, NCSU
Secretary of the Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association, NCSU, 2012-13
Plant Pathology Representative for the University Graduate Student Association, NCSU, 2011-12
Chair of the Publicity Committee in the University Graduate Student Association, NCSU, 2011-12
Plant Pathology Representative for the CAES-GSA, University of Georgia, 2010
Teaching Assistant in the Department of Plant Pathology, NCSU for the course PP 590 (Field Plant Pathology in North Carolina) in Summer 2012
Served as Teaching Assistant in the Department of Plant Pathology, UGA for the course Path 4400/6400 (Plant pathology for teachers) during Spring 2010
Mehra, L. K., MacLean, D. D., Shewfelt, R. L., Smith, K.C., and Scherm, H. 2013. Effect of postharvest biofumigation on fungal decay, sensory quality, and antioxidant levels of blueberry fruit. Postharvest Biol. Technol. 85:109–115.
Mehra, L. K., MacLean, D. D., Savelle, A. T., and Scherm, H. 2013. Postharvest disease development on southern highbush blueberry fruit in relation to berry flesh type and harvest method. Plant Disease 97:213–221.
Scherm, H., Mehra, L., and MacLean, D. 2009. Observations on fruit rots in a southern highbush harvesting experiment, 2009.Dixie Blueberry News 9(5):7–11.
Mehra, L., Savelle, A., MacLean, D., and Scherm, H. 2009. Molds and rots on blueberry and pomegranate. Southeastern Professional Fruit Workers Conference, Clemson, SC.
Mehra, L. 2010. Effect of fruit flesh type and harvest method on postharvest decay of southern highbush blueberry. Georgia Association of Plant Pathologists annual meeting, Savannah, GA.
Mehra, L., Cowger, C., and Ojiambo, P. S. 2013. Effect of levels of wheat residue on the severity of Stagonospora nodorum blotch in winter wheat. American Phytopathological Society annual meeting, Austin, TX. pdf
Mehra, L. and Scherm, H. 2010. Fruit flesh type and harvest method affect postharvest decay of southern highbush blueberry. American Phytopathological Society annual meeting, Charlotte, NC.