Asimina Mila

Associate Professor and Tobacco Specialist

Tobacco Research & Extension Program
Campus Box 7405
, 1320 Varsity
Raleigh, NC 27695
Tel: (919) 513-1291
Fax: (919) 515-8795


I am the extension specialist in the Department of Plant Pathology responsible for management of diseases of tobacco crops. Diagnosis of tobacco diseases, publication of disease control recommendations and information notes, county agents’ training, dissemination of information and education of different sectors of the tobacco industry, and incorporate research expertise as and when needed to solve disease related problems.
 Applied research to understand and solve tobacco disease related problems. Extensive field trials to investigate disease resistance of tobacco varieties that have or are in the process to be commercially released. Similar trials to investigate chemical controls of tobacco diseases.
Current research activities: use of biofilms to inhibit disease manifestation; mode of action and implementation of novel chemical compounds to control tobacco diseases; risk assessment and prediction of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus occurrence in the southeast US; investigate mechanisms of varietal resistance to tobacco diseases.

Furthermore, quantitative epidemiology is one of my major research expertise. I have used extensively Bayesian methods for: (i) examining model robustness and (ii) mapping disease prevalence/incidence; the methodology is currently implemented in human epidemiology and ecological analysis. The past few years I am intersted to answer questions related to “large scale” epidemiology (state or continental level).


Ph. D. in Plant Pathology (major), Statistics (minor) and Resource Economics (minor), December 2002, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA.

Dpl. in Agricultural Economics (Honors), July 1998, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greece.

Dpl. in Plant Production, major Plant Protection and Environment, September 1996, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greece.


P502 Plant Disease Methods & Diagnosis, core course for Plant Pathology graduate students

  • Coordinate and teach class since 2011 (other instructors: Koenning, Louws)
PP 590U Field Plant Pathology

PP790 Translational Plant Pathology, spring 2011

CS 062 Tobacco Production course, Guest Lectures

Selected Publications

S. Savary, A. L. Mila, Willocquet, P.D. Esker, O. Carisse, N. McRoberts. 2011. Global change, agricultural shifts, and risk factors for rice health. Phytopathology 101:696-709. (Senior Editor’s pick: May 2011)

D.F. Antonopoulos, and A.L. Mila. 2011. Susceptibility of tobacco stem and root tissues to Pythium stem rot, caused by Pythium aphanidermatum Crop Protection 30:379-383.

K. Cherry, and A.L. Mila. 2011. Temporal progress and control of tomato spotted wilt virus in tobacco. Crop Protection 30:539-546.

A.L. Mila. 2011. Explaining tomato spotted wilt virus losses on tobacco with winter weather variables: A Bayesian approach. Phytopathology 101:462-469.

A.L. Mila, and H.K. Ngugi. 2011. A Bayesian approach to meta-analysis of plant pathology studies. Phytopathology 101:42-51.

W.A. Gutiérrez and A.L. Mila. 2007. A rapid technique for determination of races of  Phytophthora nicotianae on tobacco. Plant Dis. 91:895-899.

A.L. Mila, and X.B. Yang. 2008.  Effects of fluctuating soil temperature and water potential on sclerotia germination and apothecial production of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Plant Dis. 92:78-82.

A.L. Mila and T.J. Michailides.  2006. Evaluation and update of a prediction system for panicle and shoot blight of pistachio in California with Bayesian methods. Phytopathology  96:1142-1147.

A.L. Mila, Driever, G. F. Morgan, D.P. and Michailides, T.J. 2005. Effects of latent infection, temperature, and precipitation pattern and irrigation on panicle and shoot blight progress in pistachio orchards. Phytopathology 95:926-932.

A.L. Mila, and Carriquiry A. L. 2004. Bayesian analysis in plant pathology.  Phytopathology 94:1027-1030.

A.L. Mila, Carriquiry, A. L. and Yang, X.B. 2004. Modeling the prevalence of Sclerotinia stem rot of soybeans in the North Central region of the United States. Phytopathology 94:102-110.

A.L. Mila, Zhao, J., Carriquiry, A.L., and Yang, X.B. 2003. Impact of management practices on Sclerotinia Stem Rot prevalence in the North Central Region of the United States and Farmers’ Decision under Uncertainty. Plant Dis. 87:1048-1058.

A.L. Mila, Yang, X.B., and Carriquiry A. L. 2003. Bayesian Logistic Regression of Soybean Sclerotinia Stem Rot Prevalence in the U.S. North-Central Region: Accounting for Uncertainty in Parameter Estimation. Phytopathology 93:758-764.

Book chapter

J. Yuen, and A.L. Mila. 2004. Are Bayesian approaches useful in plant pathology?
Kluwer Publishers, Netherlands.
J. Yuen, and A.L Mila. Chapter 28, Epidemiology Exercises, APS press (in review)
A.L Mila, and J. Yuen. Chapter 29, Epidemiology Exercises, APS press (in review)