Ibrahim Kutay Ozturk

Assistant Extension Professor and Potato Plant Pathologist Extension SpecialistIbrahim Kutay Ozturk
57 Houlton Road, Presque Isle, Maine 04769
Telephone: 207.764.3361
Email: ibrahim.ozturk@maine.edu

As the State Extension Potato Pathologist, Kutay’s research and extension programs focus on improving pest and disease management strategies of the Maine Potato Industry. Kutay’s responsibilities include providing day-to-day recommendations, preparing, and delivering educational materials, and conducting research to develop local solutions to pest and diseases impacting Maine potatoes.

Website:  University of Maine Cooperative Extension Potatoes

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Publications

Research Publications

  • Ozturk, I.K., Buchholz, E., Bentley, A., Halterman, D., Rioux, R. (2024), Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea (Sss) affects plant susceptibility to subsequent pathogen infections under controlled environment conditions. Plant Disease, First Look.
  • Ozturk, I. K., & Amiri, A. (2020). Pathogenicity and control of Phacidium lacerum, an emerging pome fruit pathogen in Washington State. Plant Disease, 104, 3124-3130.
  • Bradshaw, R. E., Ormond, S., Dupont, P. Y., Chettri, P., Ozturk, I. K., McDougal, R. L., Bulman, L.S. & Cox, M. P. (2019). Reduced Virulence of an Introduced Forest Pathogen over 50 Years. Microorganisms7, 420.
  • Ozturk, I. K., Dupont, P. Y., Chettri, P., McDougal, R., Böhl, O. J., Cox, R. J., & Bradshaw, R. E. (2019). Evolutionary relics dominate the small number of secondary metabolism genes in the hemibiotrophic fungus Dothistroma septosporumFungal biology123, 397-407.
  • Ozturk, I.K., Ersoy, F. & Akkaya, M. (2018). HvGCN2 silencing in barley displays enhanced Blumeria graminis f. sp. hordei susceptibility. Archives of Biological Sciences, 12-12. 10.2298/ABS171017012O.
  • Ozturk, I. K., Chettri, P., Dupont, P. Y., Barnes, I., McDougal, R. L., Moore, G. G., Sim, A. & Bradshaw, R. E. (2017). Evolution of polyketide synthesis in a Dothideomycete forest pathogen. Fungal Genetics and Biology, 106, 42-50.
  • Bradshaw, R. E., Guo, Y., Sim, A. D., Kabir, M. S., Chettri, P., Ozturk, I. K., Hunziker, L., Ganley, R. J. & Cox, M. P. (2016). Genome‐wide gene expression dynamics of the fungal pathogen Dothistroma septosporum throughout its infection cycle of the gymnosperm host Pinus radiata. Molecular plant pathology, 17, 210-224.


  • Ph.D., Massey University, Genetics, 2017
  • M.S., Middle East Technical University, Biotechnology, 2012
  • B.S., Middle East Technical University, Molecular Biology and Genetics, 2010

Professional Organizations:

  • American Phytopathological Society, 2019 – Present
  • Potato Association of America, 2024 – Present