Clarissa Balbalian

Clarissa Balbalian

Diagnostic Lab Manager

Plant Disease Diagnostics

  • B.S., Longwood University
  • M.S., West Virginia University

Extension Areas:
  • Plant Disease Diagnosis
  • Plant Disease Management
  • Forest Pathology
  • Forest Health Management

Society Membership:
  • American Phytopathological Society
  • Mississippi Association of Plant Pathologists and Nematologists
  • National Plant Diagnostic Network
  • Southern Plant Diagnostic Network


  • Broderick, S. R., C. J. Balbalian, M. Tomaso-Peterson. 2016. First report of stem canker of interspecific Impatiens hybrids caused by Macrophomina phaseolina in the United States. Plant Disease 100(9):1951. Download
  • Li, Y., G.W. Lawrence, S. Lu, C. Balbalian, V.P. Klink. 2014. Quantitative field testing Heterodera gylcines from metagenomic DNA samples isolated directly from soil under agronomic production. PLOS ONE 9(2):e0089887. Download
  • Jeliazkova, E., C. Balbalian, T. Astatkie, P. Collins. 2012. Evaluating Natural Products for Control of Black Spot Disease on Roses. The Journal of Medicinally Active Plants 1(1):13-18. Download
  • Showmaker, K.C., G.W. Lawrence, S. Lu, C.J. Balbalian, and V.P. Klink. 2012. Quantitative field testing Rotylenchulus reniformis DNA from metagenomic samples isolated directly from soil. PLoS ONE 6(12):e28954. Download
  • Tomaso-Peterson, M., J.A. Crouch, C. Balbalian. 2012. Anthracnose of centipedegrass turf. Applied Turfgrass Science. Download
  • Riggins, J.J., M. Hughes, J.A. Smith, A.E. Mayfield, M.B. Layton, C. Balbalian, R.S. Campbell. 2010. First occurrence of laurel wilt disease caused by Raffaelea lauricola on redbay trees in Mississippi. Plant Disease 94(5):634. Download