Dr. Lina Rodriguez Salamanca is an extension plant pathologist and diagnostician with the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, a member of the North Central Plant Diagnostic Network (NCPDN) and National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN). Lina’s responsibilities in the clinic include diagnosis of diseases and disorders of ornamental and horticulture plants and crops as well as tree problem diagnosis. She is part of two NPDN committees, Diagnostics and Training and Education; both focused on advancing diagnostics nationally, but also educate diagnosticians and the general public about invasive pests and diseases.
She completed her microbiology bachelor of science thesis work at International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT, ciat.cgiar.org), and was a graduate assistant in Dr. Mary Hausbeck’s lab (Vegetable and Ornamental Pathology at Michigan State University) for six years. To complete her master's degree, she worked with soil-borne pathogens (Fusarium and Phytophthora) in asparagus, and earned her doctoral degree, characterizing new foliar pathogens (Colletotrichum spp.) causing anthracnose in onion and celery.
While finishing her doctorate, she interned with Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) as a commercial vegetable crops educator. With MSUE, she supported extension statewide for vegetable crops diseases and assisted vegetable growers in southeast Michigan with integrated pest management (IPM), horticulture, entomology, and weed management decisions.