Lucky Mehra

 
 
 
Graduate Research Assistant

851 Main Campus Dr, Partners III Suite 262, Raleigh, NC 27606 Campus Box 27695-7616

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Research: 

Research Experience

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

Education

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

Awards

2013 American Phytopathological Society Student Travel Award

2010 American Phytopathological Society Student Travel Award

Memberships

American Phytopathological Society

Plant Pathology Society of North Carolina

Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association, NCSU

Offices Held

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: 
  • 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

Selected Publications: 

Publications

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. 85:109115.

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 97:213221.

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.

Oral Presentations

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.

Poster Presentations

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.