Dr. Darcy Telenko

Assistant Professor, Extension Field Crops Pathologist
Purdue University

Dr. Darcy Telenko is an assistant professor and Extension Field Crop Pathologist with the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University. She has statewide responsibility for Plant Pathology research and Extension in agronomic crops. Her interdisciplinary plant pathology research (https://ag.purdue.edu/btny/telenkolab/) and Extension program (https://extension.purdue.edu/fieldcroppathology/) is involved in studying the biology and management of soilborne and foliar pathogens. The program is focused on recognizing and understanding new diseases and their potential impact on Indiana agriculture, and quickly and effectively distributing information in the event of a disease threat to Indiana crop production. Dr. Telenko is a native of western New York and received her BS in Biological Sciences at Cornell University, MS in Plant and Soil Science at Southern Illinois University, and PhD in Plant Pathology and Crop Sciences at North Carolina State University. Prior to Purdue, Dr. Telenko was an Extension Vegetable Specialist for the Cornell Vegetable Program at Cornell University, and was a post-doctoral researcher at both the University of Florida and Virginia Tech. She has published 30 peer-review manuscripts and over 100 Extension publications. Since starting at Purdue she has trained 3 graduate students and currently has three graduate students working on MS or PhD degrees in Plant Pathology, two visiting scholars, and two undergraduates studying Plant Pathology.