Miranda Ganci

 
 
 
M.S. Graduate Student
Advisor: 

Dr. Mike Benson & Dr. Kelly Ivors

Research: 

Our research is focused on the biology, epidemiology, and management of Cylindrocladium buxicola. The fungal pathogen is the causal agent of the foliar disease, box blight, on boxwood and other Buxus spp. We are conducting cultivar susceptibility trials to identify boxwood cultivars that are resistant to box blight. Additionally, we are investigating the role of microsclerotia in the disease cycle of box blight. 

 

EDUCATION

Master of Science, Plant Pathology
North Carolina State University
May 2012-Present
 
Bachelor of Science, Plant and Soil Science, Agroecology
North Carolina State University
2009-2012
 
MEMBERSHIPS
 
Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association, Member, 2012-present
American Phytopathological Society, Member, 2013
 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 
Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching, Participant, 2012-present
Extension & Outreach: 
 
Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association, Outreach committee member, 2012, 2013
  • Taught high school science students about symbiotic relationships with hands-on learning tools

Fred A. Olds Elementary School, Science Fair Judge, 2013

Selected Publications: 
 
ORAL PRESENTATIONS

Ganci, M., Benson, D.M, and Ivors, K. October 2012. Susceptibility of commercial boxwood cultivars to Cylindrocladium buxicola, the causal agent of box blight. North Carolina State University, Department of Plant Pathology Master's Research Symposium. Raleigh, NC

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Ganci, M., Benson, D.M, and Ivors, K. March 2013. Evaluating the role of microsclerotia in the disease cycle of boxwood blight caused by the fungus Cylindrocladium buxicola. North Carolina State University Graduate Research Symposium. Raleigh, NC

Ganci, M., Benson, D.M, and Ivors, K. September 2012. Susceptibility of commercial boxwood cultivars to Cylindrocladium buxicola. North Carolina State University Ornamental Workshop on Diseases and Insects. Hendersonville, NC