Maria Tomaso-Peterson

Maria Tomaso-Peterson

Professor Emerita

Turfgrass Pathogens

  • Ph.D., Mississippi State University
  • M.Sc., Mississippi State University
  • B.Sc., Mississippi State University

Research Areas:
  • Turfgrass diseases
  • Disease management strategies
  • Biological control

Courses Taught:
  • EPP 4523/6523 - Turfgrass Diseases

Society Membership:
  • American Phytopathological Society
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
  • Mississippi Turfgrass Association
  • Mississippi Association of Plant Pathologists and Nematologists


  • Badial, A., M. Tomaso-Peterson, J. G. King. 2020. Monitoring ectotrophic root-infecting fungi associated with bermudagrass putting green roots using quantitative multiplex assays. Plant Health Progress 21:144-151.  Download
  • Minaev, N., M. Tomaso-Peterson, T. M. Tseng, G. D. Chesser, T. C. Barickman, J. D. McCurdy. 2020. Harvest aids for improved bermudagrass sod shelf-life and transplant success. Agrosystems, Geosciences & Environment 3(1):e20108.  Download
  • Vines, P. L., F. G. Hoffmann, F. S. Meyer, T. W. Allen, J. Luo, N. Zhang, M. Tomaso-Peterson. 2019. Magnaporthiopsis cynodontis, a novel turfgrass pathogen with widespread distribution in the United States. Mycologia 112(1):52-63.  Download
  • Begitschke, E., G., J. D. McCurdy, T. M. Tseng, T. C. Barickman, B. R. Stewart, C. M. Baldwin, M. P. Richard, M. Tomaso-Peterson. 2018. Preemergence herbicide effects on hybrid bermudagrass root architecture and establishment. HortScience 53(4):567-572. Download
  • Sharma, S., A. Z. Zaccaron, J. B. Ridenour, T. W. Allen, K. Conner, V. P. Doyle, T. Price, E. Sikora, R. Singh, T. Spurlock, M. Tomaso-Peterson, T. H. Wilkerson, B. H. Bluhm. 2018. Draft genome sequence of Xylaria sp., the causal agent of taproot decline of soybean in the southern United States. Data in Brief 17:129-133.  Download
  • Smith, D. L., J. P. Kerns, N. R. Walker, A. F. Payne, B. Horvath, J. C. Inguagiato, E. Kaminski, M. Tomaso-Peterson, P. L. Koch. 2018. Development and validation of a weather-based warning system to advise fungicide applications to control dollar spot on turfgrass. PLOS ONE.  Download
  • Tomaso-Peterson, M. 2018. Ink spot of warm-season golf course turfgrasses. Crop Forage Turfgrass Management 4(1):1-5.  Download
  • Zhang, G., J. A. Bond, A. M. Fakhoury, A. E. Dorrance, L. Weber, T. R. Faske, L. J. Giesler, D. E. Hershman, B. S. Kennedy, D. L. Neves, C. A. Hollier, H. M. Kelly, M. A. Newman, N. M. Kleczewski, S. R. Koenning, T. W. Allen, L. D. Thiessen, H. L. Mehl, T. Zhou, M. D. Meyer, D. S. Meuller, Y. R. Kandel, P. P. Price III, J. C. Rupe, E. J. Sikora, J. R. Standish, M. Tomaso-Peterson, K. A. Wise, C. A. Bradley. 2018. Widespread occurrence of quinone outside inhibitor fungicide-resistant isolates of Cercospora sojina, causal agent of frogeye leaf spot of soybean, in the United States. Plant Health Progress 19:295-302.  Download
  • Craft, J., C. M. Baldwin, J. D. McCurdy, B. R. Stewart, H. W. Philley, E. K. Blythe, M. Tomaso-Peterson. 2017. Maintaining soil physical properties in athletic fields using alternative technology. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal 13(1):636-641 Download
  • Vines, P., L., M. Tomaso-Peterson, T. W. Allen, B. R. Stewart, J. L. DuBien, 2017. Ultradwarf bermudagrass performance as influenced by cultivar selection and cultural management practice. Crop Science 57(1):1-9. Download
  • 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
  • Craft, J. M., C. M. Baldwin, W. H. Philley, J. D. McCurdy, B. R. Stewart, M. Tomaso-Peterson, E. K. Blythe. 2016. Impact of dry-injection cultivation to maintain soil physical properties for an ultradwarf bermudagrass putting green. HortScience 51(9):1171-1175. Download
  • Hodges, B., C. Baldwin, B. R. Stewart, M. Tomaso-Peterson, J. McCurdy, E. Blythe, H. Philley. 2016. Quantifying a daily light integral for establishment of warm-season cultivars on putting greens. Crop Science 56(5):2818-2826. Download
  • Tomaso-Peterson, M., Y.-K. Jo, P. Vines, F. G. Hoffmann. 2016. Curvularia malinah sp. nov. incites a new disease of warm-season turfgrasses in the southeastern United States. Mycologia 108(5):915-924. Download
  • Standish, J. R., M. Tomaso-Peterson, T. W. Allen, S. Sabanadzovic, N. Aboughanem. 2015. Occurrence of QoI fungicide resistance in Cercospora sojina from Mississippi soybean. Plant Disease 99:1347-1352. Download
  • Cochran, D. R., R. L. Harkess, P. R. Knight, M. Tomaso-Peterson, E. K. Blythe, C. H. Gilliam. 2014. Evaluation of a commercial extract of giant knotweed on drought tolerance of impatiens. HortScience 49(8):1034-1040. Download
  • Gilley, M.D., M. Tomaso-Peterson, T.W. Allen, B.S. Baldwin. 2013. Foliar disease incidence associated with giant miscanthus (Miscanthus x giganteus) and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) cultivars in Mississippi. Phytopathology, 103:S2.49. Download
  • Smith, D.B., J. Kerns, J. Kaminski, B. Horvath, M. Tomaso-Peterson. 2013. Validation of a logistic regression model for prediction of dollar spot of amenity turfgrasses. Turfgrass and Environmental Research Online, 12(2):40-42. Download
  • Standish, J.R., M. Tomaso-Peterson, T.W. Allen. 2013. Fungal diversity by plant section in the Mississippi soybean production system. Phytopathology, 103:S2.146. Download
  • Vines, P.L., M. Tomaso-Peterson, T.W. Allen, B.R. Stewart, F.S. Meyer, J.L. DuBien. 2013. Characterization of ectotrophic root-infecting fungi isolated from ultradwarf bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis) root materials. Phytopathology, 103:S2.153. Download
  • Crouch, J., M. Tomaso-Peterson. 2012. Anthracnose disease of centipedegrass turf caused by Colletotrichum eremochloa, a new fungal species closely related to Colletotrichum sublineola. Mycologia 104(5):1085-1096. Download
  • Gu, M., M. Tomaso-Peterson. 2012. Efficacy of nonconventional fungicides for control of Pythium root rot in poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima Wild. Ex Klotzsch). Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences 57(4):250-256.
  • Hanes, A.W., L.E. Trevathan, and M. Tomaso-Peterson. 2012. Germination, shoot growth, and seedborne fungi of fungicide treated wheat seed in Mississippi. Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences, Vol. 57(4):235-239.
  • Tomaso-Peterson, M., J.A. Crouch, C. Balbalian. 2012. Anthracnose of centipedegrass turf. Applied Turfgrass Science. Download
  • Perry, D.H., M. Tomaso-Peterson, R.E. Baird. 2010. Seasonal variation in frequency of isolation of Ophiosphaerella korrae from bermudagrass roots in Mississippi and pathogenicity of selected isolates. Mycopathologia 169:395-402. Download
  • Tomaso-Peterson, M., J.R. Young. 2010. Cultivar response of seeded bermudagrass to leaf spot and the influence of nitrogen and month of disease severity. Applied Turfgrass Science. Download
  • Young, J.R., M. Tomaso-Peterson, K. de la Cerda, F.P. Wong. 2010. Two mutations in B-tubulin 2 gene associated with thiophanate methyl resistance in Colletotrichum cereale isolates from creeping bentgrass in Mississippi and Alabama. Plant Disease 94:207-212. Download
  • Young, J.R., M. Tomaso-Peterson, L.P. Tredway, K. de la Cerda. 2010. Occurrence and molecular identification of azoxystrobin-resistant Colletotrichum cereale isolates from putting greens in the southeastern United States. Plant Disease 94:751-757. Download
  • Tredway, L.P., M. Tomaso-Peterson, D.H. Perry, N.R. Walker. 2009. Spring dead spot of bermudagrass: a challenge for researchers and turfgrass managers. Plant Health Progress. Download