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

  • 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