Faculty & Staff

Maria Tomaso-Peterson

Research Professor
Discipline: Plant Pathology

Specialty: Turfgrass Pathogens
Email: mariat@pss.msstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-2593
Office Location: Dorman Hall, Room 212

Mailing Address
Box 9655
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Physical Address
32 Creelman St
Mississippi State, MS 39762


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

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

Research Interests

  • Turfgrass diseases
  • Disease management strategies
  • Biological control

Recent Publications

  • 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. Downoad