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Clemson University
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Xiao Yang

Department of Plant Industry Laboratories Manager
Public Service Activities, Regulatory Programs, Department of Plant Industry, Plant Problem Clinic

Office: 511 Westinghouse Road, Pendleton, SC
Phone: 864-646-2133



Educational Background

Ph.D. Plant Pathology
Virginia Tech 2014

M.S. Agronomy and Crop Science
University of Wyoming 2011

B.S. Plant Science and Technology
Huazhong Agricultural University 2008


Dr. Xiao Yang manages Department of Plant Industry (DPI) laboratories (Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic, Molecular Pathogen and Pest Detection Lab, and Commercial Turfgrass Clinic) and serves stakeholders and plant growers across South Carolina by diagnosing plant problem samples and providing management recommendations. DPI labs are a member of the Southern Plant Diagnostic Network (SPDN), which is a regional division of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN).


Dantes W, Colburn GC, Williamson MR & Yang X (2023) First report of Alternaria cinerariae causing leaf blight on Farfugium japonicum in South Carolina, USA. Plant Disease.

Yang X, Castroagudín VL, Daughtrey ML, Loyd AL, Weiland JE, Shishkoff N, Baysal-Gurel F, Santamaria L, Salgado-Salazar C, LaMondia JA, Crouch JA & Luster DG (2021) A diagnostic guide for Volutella blight affecting Buxaceae. Plant Health Progress.

Yang X, McMahon MB, Ramachandran SR, Garrett WM, LeBlanc N, Crouch JA, Shishkoff N & Luster DG (2021) Comparative analysis of extracellular proteomes reveals putative effectors of the boxwood blight pathogens, Calonectria henricotiae and C. pseudonaviculata. Bioscience Reports. 41:BSR20203544

Yang X & Hong CX (2020) Biological control of Phytophthora blight by Pseudomonas protegens strain 14D5. European Journal of Plant Pathology. 156(2):591–601

Castroagudín VL, Yang X, Daughtrey ML, Luster DG, Pscheidt JW, Weiland JE, Crouch JA (2020) Boxwood blight disease: a diagnostic guide. Plant Health Progress. 21:291–300

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