Faculty & Staff

Clarissa Balbalian

Diagnostic Lab Manager
Discipline: Plant Pathology

Specialty: Plant Disease Diagnostics
Email: cbalbali@ext.msstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-2146
Fax: (662)-325-8336
Office Location: Bost Extension Center, Room 9

Mailing Address
Box 9612
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Physical Address
190 Bost
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Plant Disease and Nematode Clinic


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


  • Direct and supervise the plant disease and nematode diagnostic laboratory at Mississippi State University.
  • Diagnose plant diseases and provide management recommendations.
  • Provide regulatory diagnostic services to the Mississippi Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry (MDAC-BPI).
  • Support the mission of the National Plant Diagnostic Network.

Society Membership

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

Extension Efforts

  • Plant Disease Diagnosis
  • Plant Disease Management
  • Forest Pathology
  • Forest Health Management

Recent Publications

  • 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