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Adrienne Gorny

Assistant Professor, Nematode Epidemiology and Management

Headhouse Unit 3 at Method Road, 207


Research Overview

My research interests encompass the biology and epidemiology of plant parasitic nematodes problematic in North Carolina and the southeastern United States, including research on integrated management tactics, enhanced nematode diagnostics, crop loss analysis, and spatiotemporal analysis. Within this, my goal is to use knowledge gained from studies conducted in the laboratory, field, and greenhouse to drive informed monitoring programs and management decisions, thereby supporting economically and environmentally sustainable nematode management options. North Carolina produces a diverse array of agricultural commodities – my lab’s research primarily focuses on root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne spp., including M. enterolobii) and additional plant parasitic nematode species in sweetpotato, soybean, cotton, and tobacco.


Selected Publications

Gorny, A. M., Wang, X., Hay, F. S., and Pethybridge, S. J. 2019. Development of a species specific PCR for detection and quantification of Meloidogyne hapla in soil using the 16D10 root-knot nematode effector gene. Plant Disease 103:1902-1909.

Gorny, A. M., Hay, F. S., Wang, X., and Pethybridge, S. J. 2018. Isolation of nematode DNA from 100 g of soil using Fe3O4 super paramagnetic nanoparticles. Nematology 20:271-283.

Pethybridge, S. J., Gorny, A. M., Hoogland, T., Jones, L., Hay F., Smart, C. D., and Abawi, G. 2016. Identification and characterization of Ditylenchus spp. populations from garlic in New York State, USA. Tropical Plant Pathology 41:193-197.


BS, Plant Biology, Purdue University
Ph.D., Plant Pathology, Cornell University