Welcome to the Acimovic Lab

The Acimovic lab is located at the Hudson Valley Research Laboratory (HVRL), in Highland, NY. As a branch of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section within School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University our program involves research and extension focused on diseases of fruit tree crops with emphasis on apple, pear, peach and grapevines. We investigate all components of the disease triangle: pathogen, plant, and the environment in order to better understand their interactions that serve as a necessary basis to develop new disease management strategies.

Acimovic Lab, July 2019

Dr. Ricardo D. Santander, Postdoctoral Associate
Dr. Fatemeh Khodadadi, Postdoctoral Associate
Christopher Meredith, Lab and Field Technician









Katie Lam, Roslyn High School, Lab and Filed Intern Volunteer
Akul Ramayani, Arlington High School, Lab Intern Volunteer









Acimovic Lab, December 2018

Dr. Ricardo D. Santander, Postdoctoral Associate
Dr. Fatemeh Khodadadi, Postdoctoral Associate
Christopher Meredith, Lab and Field Technician









Aja Dunn, Vassar College, Lab Assistant – Volunteer

Acimovic Lab, October 2017

From left to right: Z. Pavlovic, S. G. Acimovic, R D. Santander, K. Gasic, C. Meredith, C. Leffelman


As a part of the Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, NY, HVRL is a valuable source of cutting edge research-based information that is constantly provided to New York farmers through extension meetings, educational programs and field days organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension and participating associations.

In collaboration with entomology (Jentsch Lab) and horticulture (Dana Acimovic) programs, as well as with plant pathology professor emeritus David Rosenberger, Acimovic lab at HVRL continues to provide rounded support to stakeholders addressing both scientific and practical aspects of plant, insect and disease management. This website is an integral part of this collaboration and provides direct access to current and past information on key strategies for reducing fruit crop losses from key pathogens and insect pests in New York state. Acimovic lab aims to continue the leading edge in plant pathology research and extension addressing current and future challenges of fruit production such as plant pathogen resistance to biocides, need for sustainable plant protection practices, and growing complications associated with climate change.

Some of the key foci of applied and basic research conducted in Acimovic lab are fungicide and bactericide efficacy trials in the field and in vitro, evaluation of management options for post-harvest apple pathogens, plant defense responses, and survival, physiology, and population dynamics of fire blight bacterium Erwinia amylovora under different stresses. Our goal is to provide new tools for plant disease management and reach new knowledge in the areas of plant pathogen biology, epidemiology, and ecology that will serve as basis to improve existing disease prediction models, develop new management strategies, and allow more accurate and precise application of different control options thus securing high efficiency. Our program is designed to help farmers maintain both the fruit quantity and quality while using disease management options that are environmentally friendly and at the same time acceptable for consumer markets. Finally, since every growing season is different, along with the climate type specific differences in NY regions, HVRL has an important role to provide valuable time sensitive and year-specific information on disease and insect pest occurrence to the agricultural community. This site is one of many on-demand resources for plant protection information available from Cornell University

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