Joseph Roberts

Assistant Professor
Turfgrass Pathology
Horticulture Program Team, Plant and Environmental Sciences Department

Office: 123 Pitner Center, Pee Dee Research and Education
Phone: 843-519-0492


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Plant Pathology
North Carolina State University 2014

M.S. Plant Biology and Pathology
Rutgers University 2009

B.A. Chemistry
North Carolina State University 2007

B.S. Biological Sciences
North Carolina State University 2007


1. Roberts, J.A., Ma, B., Tredway, L., Ritchie, D. and J. Kerns. 2017. Identification and pathogenicity of bacteria associated with etiolation and decline of creeping bentgrass golf course putting greens. Phytopathology 108:23-30. doi:10.1094/PHYTO-01-17-0015-R.

2. Doherty, J.R., M. Botti-Marino, J.P. Kerns, and J.A. Roberts. 2017. Response of phyllosphere associated microbial populations in creeping bentgrass to periodic fungicide applications. Plant Health Progress 18:44-49. doi:10.1094/PHP-RS-16-0067.

3. Crouch, J. Z. Carter, A. Ismaiel, and J.A. Roberts. 2017. The U.S. Mall microbiome: a census of rhizosphere bacteria inhabiting landscape turf. Crop Science 57: S341-S348. doi: 10.2135/cropsci2016.10.0849.

4. Roberts, J.A., D.F. Ritchie, and J.P. Kerns. 2016. Plant Growth Regulator Effects on Bacterial Etiolation of Creeping Bentgrass Putting Green Turf Caused by Acidovorax avenae. Plant Disease 100(3):577-582. doi:10.1094/PDIS-04-15-0419-RE.

5. Roberts, J.A., J.P. Kerns, and D.F. Ritchie. 2015. Bacterial etiolation of creeping bentgrass as influenced by biostimulants and trinexapac-ethyl. Crop Protection 72:119-126. doi:10.1016/j.cropro.2015.03.009.

6. Roberts, J.A. and D.F. Ritchie. 2014. Influence of antimicrobial compounds on bacterial etiolation of creeping bentgrass caused by Xanthomonas translucens. Appl. T. Science 11:1-8. doi:ATS-2014-047-RS.

7. Roberts, J.A. and J.A. Murphy. 2014. Anthracnose Disease on Annual Bluegrass as Affected by Foot Traffic and Sand Topdressing. Plant Dis. 98(10):1321-25. doi:10.1094/PDIS-08-13-0877-RE.

8. Roberts, J.A., L.P. Tredway, and D.F. Ritchie. 2014. First report of Xanthomonas translucens causing etiolation on creeping bentgrass turf in IL, KY, and NC. Plant Dis. 98(6):839. doi:10.1094/PDIS-05-13-0565-PDN.

9. Roberts, J.A., J.C. Inguagiato, and J.A. Murphy. 2013. A Method to Evenly Apply Foot Traffic to Turf Plots. Int. Turf Soc. Res. J. 12:743-746.

10. Inguagiato, J.C., J.A. Murphy, B.B. Clarke, and J.A. Roberts. 2013. Topdressing sand particle shade and incorporation effects anthracnose severity of an annual bluegrass putting green. Int. Turf Soc. Res. J. 12:127-134.

11. Roberts, J.A., B.B. Clarke, and J.A. Murphy. 2012. Lightweight Rolling Effects on Anthracnose of Annual Bluegrass Putting Greens. Agron. J. 104(4):1176-1181.

12. Roberts, J.A., J.C. Inguagiato, B.B. Clarke, and J.A. Murphy. 2011. Irrigation management effects on anthracnose of annual bluegrass putting greens. Crop Sci. 51(3):1244-1252.

13. Roberts, J.A., and L.P Tredway. 2008. First report of curvularia blight of zoysiagrass caused by Curvularia lunata in the United States. Plant Dis. 92(1):173.