University of Georgia
Ron R. Walcott, is a Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia (UGA). He obtained his B.S. (1993) and M.S. (1995) degrees, both in Plant Pathology, from Iowa State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1999. Dr. Walcott joined the UGA Plant Pathology department as an Assistant Professor in 1999. He was promoted to Professor in 2012 and served as Assistant Dean for Diversity in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences from 2008 to 2013. Dr. Walcott’s teaching responsibilities have included Introductory Plant Pathology, Plant Disease Diagnosis and Management, Plant Pathogenic Bacteria, Molecular Plant Disease Diagnosis, and Plants Pathogens and People. His research focus is seed pathology with a specific emphasis on bacterial pathogens of vegetable seeds. Much of his research effort is committed to the study of Acidovorax citrulli, the causal agent of bacterial fruit blotch of cucurbits. In particular, he is interested in elucidating the mechanisms of seed infection, factors that influence seed-to-seedling transmission of bacterial diseases and the development of novel seed treatments and seed health assays. Dr. Walcott is also interested in the molecular determinants of phytopathogenic bacteria that are critical for seedling colonization and for host preference. Dr. Walcott has served as Senior Editor for Plant Disease from 2007 -2008 and from 2013-2015. He is currently the chair of the American Phytopathology Seed Science Committee.