Paula Agudelo

Professor of Plant Pathology
Plant and Environmental Sciences Department

Office: 210 Biosystems Research Complex
Phone: 864-656-5741


 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


Graduate Program Coordinator, Plant and Environmental Sciences

 Research Interests

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


REFEREED PUBLICATIONS (since 2012): (* major advisor for first author)
*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.

*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.

*Holguín, 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.M., J.A. Baeza, J.D. 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.

*Holguín, C. M., P. Gerard, J.D. 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 (Fifth Edition),APS Press.

Stubbins, F.L., P. Agudelo, F.P.F. Reay-Jones, J.K. Greene. 2015. First report of a mermithid nematode infecting the invasive Megacopta cribaria (Hemiptera: Plataspidae) 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, A.L. Lawton-Rauh. 2012. Genetic Variability of Rotylenchulus reniformis. Plant Disease 96: 30-36.

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