Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s
Amanda Gevens
Professor of Plant Pathology
College of Agricultural & Life Sciences


Research area Investigating the ecology of fungus and fungus-like plant pathogens for enhanced and integrated disease management to support commercial agriculture in Wisconsin.

What excites you about your work? 

“As the University of Wisconsin Extension Potato and Vegetable Pathologist, my program supports vegetable growers by providing research-based recommendations for controlling diseases during production and in storage. My research program directly feeds into my extension work.”

What do you hope to achieve? 

“My research group has three main areas of focus: detection and management of Phytophthora species pathogenic on potato and vegetable crops in field and storage; investigating species distribution and occurrence of pathogenic Alternaria affecting potatoes; and development of integrated disease management programming in potato systems, to reduce reliance upon fungicides and soil fumigation in managing key diseases. Wisconsin ranks third in the nation in potato production, so our growers are greatly concerned with the risk of late blight in their crop.

Amanda has a passion and talent for translating research results into practical solutions to impact the industry’s bottom line. She has established long-term relationships with industry, and growers rely on her recommendations for their own crop management.

– Emily Bauer, WARF, Director of Licensing

Want to learn more?

Emily Bauer, [email protected], 608.960.9842