Alicyn directs the Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab, which is currently serving as the interim Regional Center for the North East National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN). The lab identifies diseases present on samples submitted and provides a management plan in the form of a diagnostic report to homeowners, farmers, the lawn care industry, and nurseries to Maine residents and beyond. Through this service, Alicyn identifies areas where research in plant pathology is needed. Research is carried out to enhance the success of Maine agricultural industries by reducing losses to plant diseases and minimizing disease management costs by providing early and accurate disease identification.
- Doctor of Plant Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, 2015
- B.S., Landscape Horticulture, Unity College, Unity Maine, 2011
- American Phytopathological Society
Iles, L., Fulladolsa, A., Smart, A., Bonkowski, J., Creswell, T., Harmon, C., H., Hammerschmidt, Hirch, R., and Rodriguez-Salamanca L. 2021. Everything Is Faster: How Do Land-Grant Plant Diagnostic Labs Keep Up with a Rapidly Changing World. Annu. Rev. Phytopathol. 2021. 59:333-349. Published online. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-phyto-020620-102557
De Souza, Singh, R., Harms, N., McPhedran, J., and Smart, A. 2021. First Report of Leaf Spot Caused by Septoria villarsiae on Nymphoides peltata in the United States. Plant Health Progress. Published online. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1094/PHP-12-20-0104-BR
Smart, A., Harmon, C., Jones, J., Snover-Clift, K., and Byrne, J., Hammerschmidt, R., Stack, J., and Brenes-Arguedas, T. 2021. Evolving plant diagnostics during a pandemic. Plant Health Progress. Published online. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1094/PHP-08-20-0074-MR.