Welcome to the Gorny Lab!

Our research focuses on the biology and epidemiology of plant-parasitic nematodes of economic importance in North Carolina and the southeastern United States, including research on integrated management tactics, enhanced nematode diagnostics, crop loss risk analysis, and spatiotemporal analysis. Within this, our goal is to use knowledge gained from studies conducted in the laboratory, field, and greenhouse to drive informed monitoring programs and management decisions, thereby supporting economically and environmentally sustainable nematode management options. North Carolina produces a diverse array of agricultural commodities – our lab’s research primarily focuses on root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne spp., including M. enterolobii) and additional plant parasitic nematode species in sweetpotato, soybean, corn, cotton, and tobacco.  Dive in to learn more!


Galling symptoms of the guava root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne enterolobii) on a sweetpotato storage root.

(Photo: A. Gorny)