Plant pathology professor Amy Charkowski, an expert on soft rot bacteria, seed potato production and potato pathogen detection, has been selected to receive a Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award. The award provides $100,000 in flexible research funds over two academic years.
Charkowski is the administrative director of the Wisconsin Seed Potato Certification Program, which has been housed in the Department of Plant Pathology since 1913. Her research focuses on the control of important diseases of potato, including various soft rot diseases, potato virus Y and common scab. She is also involved in an innovative organic potato production project, trialing organically-approved control methods for pests and pathogens important in seed potato production on organic farms.