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Dean Alan Grant (left) and Elizabeth Grabau, PPWS department head, with Jeff Jones as he receives the 2010 PPWS Outstanding Alumni Award at the CALS awards ceremony and banquet.

Jeff Jones obtained his master’s degree from Virginia Tech in 1974 and his Ph.D. in 1980, with Emeritus Professor Curt Roane as his advisor. Subsequently, Jeff did postdoctoral research at the University of Georgia, performing groundbreaking research in diagnostics, ecology, and control of the important tomato disease, bacterial speck. In 1981, Jeff was appointed assistant professor at the University of Florida, where he advanced to the rank of professor. 

Over the years, Jeff has authored more than 160 peer-reviewed publications, written more than a dozen book chapters, and edited three books. He has made major contributions to our current knowledge of bacterial tomato diseases by classifying bacterial tomato pathogens, elucidating the genetics of plant-pathogen interactions,
and developing new control strategies for these diseases using bacteriophages.

Jeff has served as senior editor for scientific journals and an interim department chair, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Belgrade in Serbia. Since 2001, he has been a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society. Jeff is currently spearheading an initiative to establish a national culture collection for plant pathogens.


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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Publication Date

September 7, 2011