Paula Agudelo

Professor of Plant Pathology
CAFLS Administration Office, Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, Experiment Station

Office: 104 Barre Hall
Phone: 864-656-2810


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Plant Science
University of Arkansas 2004

M.S. Plant Pathology
Universidad de Caldas 2000

B.S. Agronomy
Universidad Nacional de Colombia 1996

 Courses Taught

Introduction to Plant Sciences
Plant Nematology
Regulatory Issues and Policies
Plant Disease Diagnosis


Associate Dean for Research and Experiment Station Director,
College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

 Research Interests

Biology and ecology of plant-parasitic nematodes of economic importance.
Molecular diagnostics of plant-parasitic nematodes.


RECENT REFEREED PUBLICATIONS (since 2010): (* major advisor for first author)
*Wilkes, J., C. A. Saski, M. Klepadlo, B. Fallen, and P. Agudelo. 2020. Quantitative trait loci associated with Rotylenchulus reniformis host suitability in soybean. Phytopathology, 110: in press.

*Fu, Z., C. Wells, and P. Agudelo. 2020. Detoxification-related gene expression accompanies anhydrobiosis in the foliar nematode (Aphelenchoides fragariae). Journal of Nematology, 52: 1-12.

Munir, M., H. Wang, P. Agudelo, and D. J. Anco. 2020. Rapid Detection of Fungicide Resistance Phenotypes Among Populations of Nothopassalora personata in South Carolina Peanut Fields. Plant Health Progress 21:123-132.

*Ma, X., R.T. Robbins, E.C. Bernard, C.M. Holguín, and P. Agudelo. 2019. Morphological and molecular characterisation of Hoplolaimus smokyensis n. sp. (Nematoda: Hoplolaimidae), a lance nematode from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA. Nematology 21: 923-935.

Keinath, A.P., W. P. Wechter, W. B. Rutter and P. Agudelo. 2019. Cucurbit rootstocks resistant to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum remain resistant when co-infected by Meloidogyne incognita in the field. Plant Disease 103:1383-1390.

Rutter, W., A. Skantar, Z. Handoo, J. Mueller, S. Aultman and P. Agudelo. 2019. Meloidogyne enterolobii found infecting root-knot nematode resistant sweetpotato in South Carolina, United States. Plant Disease 103: 775.

D. Huang, G. Yan, N. Gudmestad, J. Whitworth, K. Frost, C. Brown, W. Ye, P. Agudelo, and W. Crow. 2018. Molecular characterization and identification of stubby root nematode species from multiple states in the United States. Plant Disease 102: 2101-2111.

Keinath, A.P. and P. Agudelo. 2018. Retention of resistance to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum in cucurbit rootstocks infected by Meloidogyne incognita. Plant Disease 102: 1820-1827.

*Redding, N.W., C.E. Wells, and P. Agudelo. 2018. Multiple nodulation genes are up-regulated during establishment of reniform nematode feeding sites in soybean. Phytopathology 108: 275-291

*Shaver, J.B., S.B. Martin, W.C. Bridges, and P. Agudelo. 2017. Damage functions for sting nematode Belonolaimus longicaudatus on bermudagrass turf. Crop Science 13: 517-523

Agudelo, P. 2017. Reniform Nematode. In: Compendium of Cucurbit Diseases (2nd Ed.), APS Press.

Stubbins, F.L., P. Agudelo, F.P. Reay-Jones, and J.K. Greene. 2016. Agamermis (Nematoda: Mermithidae) Infection in South Carolina Agricultural Pests. Journal of Nematology 48:290–296.

Troccoli, A., S. Subbotin, J. Chitambar, J. Stanley, L.Duncan, P. Agudelo, and R. Inserra. 2016. Characteri-sation of amphimictic and parthenogenetic populations of Pratylenchus bolivianus. Nematology 18: 651-78.

*Shaver, J.B., P. Agudelo and S.B. Martin. 2016. Use of abamectin and azoxystrobin for managing stubby-root nematode (Trichodorus obtusus Cobb) damage to zoysiagrass. Crop Science 56: 1-7.

*Shaver, J.B., S. Marchant, S.B. Martin, and P. Agudelo. 2016. 18S rRNA and COI haplotype diversity of Trichodorus obtusus from turfgrass in South Carolina. Nematology 18: 53-65.

*Holguin, C.M., X. Ma, J. D. Mueller, and P. Agudelo. 2016. Distribution of Hoplolaimus species in soybean fields in South Carolina and North Carolina. Plant Disease 100: 149-153.

Mueller, J. and P. Agudelo. 2015. Lance Nematodes. In: Compendium of Soybean Diseases, 5th Ed. APS Press

*Shaver, J.B., S.B. Martin, W.C. Bridges, and P. Agudelo. 2015. Effects of Trichodorus obtusus on zoysiagrass and bermudagrass root weight and turfgrass quality. Nematology 17: 671-678.

*Holguin, C. M., J. Mueller, A. Khalilian, and P. Agudelo. 2015. Population dynamics and spatial distribution of Columbia lance nematode in cotton. Applied Soil Ecology 95: 107-114.

*Holguin, C., J. Baeza, J. Mueller, and P. Agudelo. 2015. High genetic diversity and geographic subdivision of three lance nematode species (Hoplolaimus spp.) in the United States. Ecology and Evolution 5: 2929-2944.

*Holgui­n, C. , P. Gerard, J.Mueller, A. Khalilian and P. Agudelo. 2015. Spatial distribution of reniform nematode in cotton as influenced by soil texture and crop rotations. Phytopathology 105: 674-683.

*Ma, X. and P. Agudelo. 2015. First Report of Hemicycliophora wyei on Bentgrass in Texas. Plant Disease 99:732.

Mueller, J.D. and P. Agudelo. 2015. Lance Nematodes. In: Compendium of Soybean Diseases, APS Press.

Stubbins, F., P. Agudelo, F. Reay-Jones, J. Greene. 2015. First report of a mermithid nematode infecting the invasive Megacopta cribaria in the United States. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 127: 35-37.

Jagdale, G., T. Holladay, P. Brannen, W. Cline, P. Agudelo A. Nyczepir and J. Noe. 2013. Incidence and pathogenicity of plant-parasitic nematodes associated with blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) replant disease in Georgia and North Carolina. Journal of Nematology 45: 92-98.

*Shaver, J.B., P. Agudelo and S.B. Martin. 2013. First report of stubby root caused by Trichodorus obtusus on Zoysiagrass and Bermudagrass in South Carolina. Plant Disease 97: 852.

Donald, P.A., C.M. Holguin and P.A. Agudelo. 2013. First Report of Lance Nematode (Hoplolaimus magnistylus) on corn, soybean and cotton in Tennessee. Plant Disease 97: 1389.

Sayler, R.J., C. Walker, F. Goggin, P. Agudelo and T. Kirkpatrick. 2012. Conventional PCR detection and real-Time PCR quantification of reniform nematodes. Plant Disease 96: 1757-1762

*Fu, Z., C. Wells and P. Agudelo. 2012. Induction of glutaredoxin expression in response to desiccation stress in the foliar nematode Aphelenchoides fragariae. Journal of Nematology 44: 370-376.

*Fu, Z., P. Gerard and P. Agudelo. 2012. A Protocol for Assessing Resistance to Aphelenchoides fragariae in Hosta Cultivars. Plant Disease 10: 1438-1444.

*Fu, Z., C. Wells and P. Agudelo. 2012. Differential expression of a beta-1,4-endoglucanase induced by diet change of the foliar nematode Aphelenchoides fragariae. Phytopathology 102: 804-811.

Schnabel, G., P. Agudelo, G. W. Henderson and P. A. Rollins. 2012. Aboveground Root Collar Excavation of Peach Trees for Armillaria Root Rot Management. Plant Disease 96: 681-686.

*Leach, M.M., P. Agudelo and A.L. Lawton-Rauh. 2012. Genetic Variability of Rotylenchulus reniformis. Plant Disease 96: 30-36.

*Leach, M.M., P. Agudelo and A.L. Lawton-Rauh. 2012. Effect of Crop Rotations on Population Structure of Reniform Nematode, Rotylenchulus reniformis. Plant Disease 96: 24-29.

*Ma, X., P. Agudelo, J.D. Mueller and H.T. Knap. 2011. Molecular Characterization and Phylogenetic Analysis of Hoplolaimus stephanus. Journal of Nematology 43: 25-34.

Agudelo, P., S.A. Lewis and B.A. Fortnum. 2011. Validation of a Real-time PCR Assay for the Identification of Meloidogyne arenaria. Plant Disease 95: 835-838.

Agudelo, P. and D. Harshman. 2011. First Report of Spiral Nematode Scutellonema brachyurum on Lilyturf in the United States. Plant Disease 95:74.

*Leach, M.M., P. Agudelo and A.L. Lawton-Rauh. 2010. Ten Polymorphic Microsatellite Loci for Reniform Nematode, Rotylenchulus reniformis. Molecular Ecology Resources 11(2): 418-421.

Sekora, N. S., Lawrence, K. S., Agudelo, P., Van Santen and E., McInroy, J. A. 2010. Differentiation of Meloidogyne Species with FAME Analysis. Nematropica 40: 237-245.


Specialty Crop Research Initiative
Syngenta Crop Protection Award for Research Excellence in Nematology