Lina M Rodriguez Salamanca

Extension Plant Pathologist and Diagnostician
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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 National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN,

Lina’s responsibilities in the clinic include plant problem diagnosis of diseases (plant pathogens identification) and abiotic problems, accurately and rapidly with a focus on ornamental, horticultural plants/crops and tree samples submitted to the clinic. She implements plant pathogen molecular detection methods. She develops protocols to conform to the laboratory quality management system. Manage and supervise lab assistants.

As part of ISU Extension and Outreach, through the clinic and extension programs directed to specialty crop producers, Lina focuses her efforts on disease diagnosis and its importance in disease management and IPM implementation. Provide disease and pest (IPM) management recommendations to clients submitting samples, phone, and email inquiries. Develop and deliver extension and outreach curriculum including workshops, print, video, and web-based curriculum related to plant disease management, mushroom identification, and safety.

Diagnostics and Training and Education NPDN committees; both focused on advancing diagnostics nationally, but also educate diagnosticians and the general public about invasive pests and diseases. She leads the NPDN Lab methods and validation, working group. She is the North Central Training and Education Coordinator for first detector program, and instructor Sentinel Plant Network workshops.

Area of Expertise: 
Plant Diseases
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2013
M.S., Michigan State University, 2010
B.S., Universidad de Los Andes, 2005