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Luisa Santamaria

Associate Professor
luisa.santamaria [at]

Office: 503-678-1264

North Willamette Research and Extension Center

North Willamette Res & Ext Ctr 15210 NE Miley Rd

North Willamette Res & Ext Ctr
15210 NE Miley Rd
Aurora, OR 97002-9543

My main goal is to develop educational programs based on the needs and priorities for the Oregon nursery industry.

Program Areas of Focus:

  • Bilingual Education programs in plant health.
  • Management practices to control plant diseases in Nursery crops and ornamentals.
  • Applied research in soil-borne pathogens.

Description of Research /Extension program
Primary Audience(s) Served: Nursery growers and managers, Spanish speaking workers, High School and Community College students.

Key Programs in progress:

  • Survey for “Nursery Industry Assessment of Hispanic Employee Training opportunities” (English and Spanish forms).
  • Customized training in plant health for the Nursery Industry.
  • Workshop: Introduction to plant pathology with hands-on experience, and demonstration of diagnostic tools (In Spanish).
  • Training of High School students in different techniques of microbiology and plant pathology. Current research in this program: Isolation and identification of endophytes and potential pathogens of Himalayan blackberry, a noxious weed in the PNW.