What did you study?

I did my B.S in Agriculture, Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University – 2016

Tell us about your research

My research focuses on the study of Rhizoctonia root rot in sugarbeet and soybean. It basically involves the understanding of pathogen biology and survival in order to design a sustainable disease management approach.

Original Link:

https://plpa.cfans.umn.edu/people/grad-students/pratibha-sharma

What is plant pathology to you? 

A key science in selection/formulation of best disease management options through the thorough understanding of biology, epidemiology, and survival of microorganisms that contribute to crop loss.

How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and uncommon career? Tell us about your path to Plant Pathology.

I was always fascinated by microbial organisms and the knowledge that such tiny organisms could be the cause for devastating losses in agriculture further heightened my curiosity for the field, which is why I decided to pursue a career in plant pathology.

With regards to why I chose the University of Minnesota, my first reason would be my research interest, as I have always wanted to work with soilborne fungal pathogens and I received that opportunity here. The well-renowned faculty members along with the comprehensive courses offered by the department would be another reason. Also, I was curious to learn how agriculture is flourishing in a place with such extreme climatic conditions. And of course, you can’t miss out on a chance to study at a place where legendary Norman E. Borlaug was once tutored.

What do you hope to accomplish in your time at the University of Minnesota, and what are your goals for the future?

In my time at the University of Minnesota, I hope to meet new people, learn new skills and refine my knowledge in the field. I also want to improve my leadership and communication skills in the process. My end goal is to contribute towards food security through the development of sustainable disease management practices.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

Well, if I am not working or studying, I will either be listening to old songs and munching on something around a corner or just roaming around in a bike and taking pictures. I have this crazy dream of tasting all the vegetarian foods in the world. Apart from that, I also love drawing and trying all those DIY art and crafts tutorials they upload on YouTube. And, though I am not that good at sports, I like to play basketball, chess and table tennis for fun sometimes.