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Janna Beckerman
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Janna Beckerman is an associate professor and extension plant pathologist specializing in diseases of horticultural crops at Purdue University. She obtained her Ph.D. in plant pathology from Texas A&M University, and her M.S. and B.S. in Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. In addition to her extension plant pathology programs on ornamentals and fruit diseases, she teaches a graduate level course on "Plant Disease Diagnosis" and team-teaches an undergraduate course, "Integrated Plant Health Management for Ornamentals."

Her research focuses on apple scab management in both apples and crabapples; Phytophthora diseases and their management, and organic production of tomatoes. Janna went into plant pathology due to her natural gifts, namely a very black thumb, and although she tries not to take her work home with her, her yard and garden indicate that this is not the case.