Jacob Price, M.S.

Senior Research Associate

PhD candidate- Texas Tech University, Crop Protection
M.S. 2008, West Texas A&M University, Biology
B.S., 2005, West Texas A&M University, Biology
A.S., 2002, Amarillo College, Biology

Texas A&M AgriLife Research
6500 Amarillo Blvd West
Amarillo, TX 79106
Office: (806) 677-5651
Email: JAPrice@ag.tamu.edu

Employment History
09/12-present. Senior Research Associate-GPDN Plant Diagnostician, Texas A&M AgriLife Research
08/09- present. Instructor Biological Sciences, Amarillo College,
09/10- present. PhD Candidate, Plant and soil Sciences. Texas Tech University
07/07- 09/12. Research Associate-Plant Diagnostician, Texas A&M AgriLife Research,
09/05-05-07. Technician II-Plant Diagnostician, Plant Pathology, Texas A&M AgriLife Research,
09/04-9/05. Technician I. Plant Pathology, Texas A&M AgriLife Research,
04/04-9/04. Student Worker, Plant Pathology, Texas A&M AgriLife Research,
01/99-12/01. Student worker, Microbiology Dept. Amarillo College, Amarillo TX

Research Interests
Disease severity and epidemiology of Wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV) and other wheat viral pathogens such as Triticum mosaic virus (TriMV) and Wheat mosaic virus (WMoV) which are vectored by the Wheat curl mite (Aceria tosichella Keifer). My research interests include vector movement of the wheat curl mite from native grassland and CRP pastures into newly planted winter wheat and the identification of alternative host plants between wheat seasons. My studies also include movement of the vector and subsequent disease spread throughout infected fields and diseases severity at different times of infection.

I am also interested in the relationship between WSMV and TriMV during multiple and single infections. These two viruses are commonly found together during multiple infections but, little is known about their transmission or there severity. Aspects of my research include viral quantification within the host plant as well as the vector. I am also interested in transmission efficiency of these two viruses and any interactions between these two pathogens. My studies will include losses due to these diseases in both multiple and single infections in grain yield, forage production, and water use efficiency.

Goal of my Research
Through my efforts, I hope to achieve a better understanding of the spread and severity of wheat viral diseases in the Texas Panhandle. With this information we can help Texas producers to better manage wheat viral diseases and help to limit losses due to these diseases.

Position description and professional activities
Duties include conducting experimental research involving wheat viruses that affect Northern Texas. I serve as the wheat viral disease diagnostician and extension contact for the Plant Diagnostic Clinic at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center. The diagnostics lab serves as the Northern Texas counter part of the Great Plains Diagnostics Network. Extension duties include training of extension personnel and producers in disease identification and management at growers meeting, field days, and via web training sessions. I also serve as an external reviewer for Plant Disease and a member of the American Phytopathological Society. Currently serving on the Center Coordination Committee at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo.

Activities and Honors

  • Received the Robert E. McKinley scholarship from the biology department at Amarillo College, 2000.
  • Awarded the Who’s Who Among Students of American Junior Colleges, 2002.
  • Received 1st place in the 12th Annual Student Research Conference at West Texas A&M University, 2006.
  • Awarded the Southern Region Integrated Pest Management Centers “Friends of Southern IPM Graduate Student Award 2013’ for my dedication and continued research into integrated pest management of wheat viral disease.
  • Awarded 1st Place in the Graduate Student Research Paper competition, The American Phytopathological Society Southern Division meeting, 2014.

Refereed Publications
Burrows, M. Franc, G. Rush, C. M., Blunt, T., Ito, D., Kinzer, K., Olson, J., O’Mara, J., Price, J., Tande, C., Ziems, A., and Stack, J. 2009. Occurrence of viruses in wheat in the Great Plains Region. 2008. Online. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-2009-0706-01-RS.

Henne, D. C., Workneh, F., Wen, A., Price, J. A., Pasche, J. S., Gudmestad, N. C., and Rush, C. M. 2010. Characterization and epidemiological significance of plants grown from seed tubers affected by zebra chip disease. Plant Dis. 94:6 659-665

Huangjun L., Price, J. A., Rudd, J., Devkota, R., and Rush C. M. 2010. A dominance gene for resistance to wheat streak mosaic virus in winter wheat line CO960293-2. Crop Sci. 51 1-8.

Price, J. A., Smith, J., Workneh, F., and Rush, C. M. 2010. Multiplex real time PCR for detection of Wheat streak mosaic virus and Triticum mosaic virus. Jour. Vol. Methods 165: 198-201

Price, J. A., Workneh, F., Evett, S., Jones, D. C., Arthur, J., and Rush, C. M. 2010. Effects of Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus on root development and water use efficiency of winter wheat. Plant Dis. 94:766-770.

Velandia-Parra, M., Rejesus, R., M., Jones, D., C., Price, J., A., Workneh, F., and Rush C., M. 2010. Economic impact of Wheat streak mosaic virus in the Texas High Plains. Crop protection 29:7 699-703.

Workneh, F., Price, J. A., Jones, D. C., and Rush, C. M. 2010. Wheat streak mosaic: a classic case of plant disease impact on soil water content and crop water-use efficiency. Plant Dis. 94:771-774.

Irazema, F., Rush, C., Price, J., A., Seifers, D., and J. P. Fellers. 2011. Triticum mosaic virus isolates in the Southern Great Plains. Plant Dis. 95:1516-1519.

Li, W., Abad, J. A., Wen, A., Gudmestad, N. C., Price, J. A., and Rush C. M. 2011. Detection of ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ in potato. APS Manual on Detection of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria in Seed and Plant Material. (accepted)

Mirik, M., Jones, D. C., Price, J. A., Workneh, F., Ansley, R. J., and Rush, C. M. 2011. Satellite remote sensing of wheat infected by Wheat streak mosaic virus. Plant Disease 95:4-12

Price, J. A. and Rush C. M. 2012. Wheat Streak Mosaic virus. In: CABI Crop Protection Compendium. (accepted).

Mirik, M., Ansley, R. J., Price, J. A., Workneh, F., Rush, C. M. 2013. Remote monitoring of wheat streak mosaic progression using sub-pixel classification of Landsat 5 TM imagery for site specific disease management in winter wheat. Adv. In Remote Sensing, 2:16-28. doi:10.4236/ars.2013.21003

Price, J. A., Rashed, A., Workneh, F., and Rush C. M. 2012. Hard Red Winter Wheat Cultivars with Temperature Sensitive Resistance to Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus Do Not Recover From Early Season Infections. Plant Dis. (Submitted)

Li, W., Abad, J. A., Gudmested, N. C., Price, J., and Rush, C. M. 2013. Detection of ‘Candidatus Liberibacter’ species in potato, In: APS manual on detection of plant pathogenic bacteria in seed and plant material. APS Press, St. Paul, MN. (in press).

Popular articles

B. Bean, R. French, C. Rush, and J. Price. 2008. Wheat streak mosaic infection in 2008. Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Amarillo. AREC 08-25 here.

Price, J., French, R., and Rush, C. M. 2008. Wheat Viruses in the Texas Panhandle. Texas Wheat Producers. Vol 56.

Ledbetter, K., Price, J. A., Henne, C., and F. Workneh. 2009. Wheat curl mite might require non-chemical control. AgriLife News, March 31, 2009.

Ledbetter, K. 2010. AgriLife research centers offer opportunities not found in books. AgriLife TODAY. Texas A&M AgriLife. December 31, 2010.

Ledbetter, K., Price J. A., and Rush C. M. 2010. Wheat researchers combine forces to battle major disease. AgriLife TODAY. Texas A&M AgriLife. September 21, 2010.

Ledbetter, K. 2012. AgriLife research study shows temperatures may change disease resistance in wheat. AgriLife TODAY. Texas A&M AgriLife. Feb. 15, 2012.

Ledbetter, K. 2012. AgriLife Research to participate in $3.3 million wheat disease study. News and Updates. Texas A&M AgriLife. October 1, 2012.

Ledbetter, K., Price, J. A., 2013. AgriLife research associate recognized for integrated pest management work. Texas AgriLife Today, Jan. 24, 2013. Click here.

Halberg, R. 2013. strong>Jacob Price, 2013 Friends of IPM award winner graduate student, Ph.D. category. Southern IPM Center here.

Ledbetter, K. and Rush, C. M. 2013. AgriLife Research-led team to tackle mite-vectored disease management. AgriLife Today. Aug, 27th, 2013. Online: here.

Other Articles

Jacob A. Price, Charlie M. Rush, and Ron French 2013. Wheat virus diagnostics here.

Jacob A. Price and Charlie M. Rush 2013. Managing mite vectored viruses of wheat here.

Videos and Presentations

On the Shoulders of Giants
Jacob Price 2013.

Two Part Series

Advanced Integrated Pest Management – Part I
Jacob Price 2013.

Advanced Integrated Pest Management – Part II
Jacob Price 2013.

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