Robert M. Harveson

Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist

Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4502 Ave I Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Phone: (308) 632-1239;  Fax: (308) 632-1365


  • Ph. D. 1999, University of Florida '“ Plant Pathology
  • M. S. 1989, Texas A&M University '“ Plant Pathology
  • B. S. 1985, Tarleton State University '“ Plant/Soil Science
  • B. A. 1983, Trinity University - History


Diseases of specialty crops


  • American Phytopathological Society (APS)
  • North Central Division of American Phytopathological Society
  • Mycological Society of America
  • American Association of Sugar Beet Technologists (ASSBT)
  • Gamma Sigma Delta
  • Sigma Xi


Fund, design, and conduct research projects that address the etiology, spread, and applied management of new and/or important diseases of specialty crops in the Panhandle of Nebraska, with an emphasis on sugar beet, dry bean, and sunflower diseases.


Develop and deliver statewide and regional educational publications and programs involving diseases of specialty crops - including sugar beets, dry beans, sunflowers, potatoes, chickpeas and other pulse crops, proso millet, chicory, fenugreek, bio-fuel crops like camelina and canola, and other newly emerging alternative crops.


  • Scottsbluff plant pathology research and extension program was profiled with individual  pages for three European journals dedicated to disseminating information on science, research, and technology.  1) International Innovation, (2014) Issue 164: 96-98; 2) Pan- European Networks, (2015) 14: 207; 3) Adjacent Government, (2015) May: 188-189.
  • Selected to Strathmore’s Who’s Who (2010), Madison’s Who’s Who (2009), Continental Who’s Who (2009), IBC’s International Scientist of the Year (2009), IBC’s Leading Scientists of the World (2009), Marquis’ Who’s Who in America (2008), and IBC’s 2,000 Outstanding Scientists (2008)
  • Elected to Bridgeport (TX) High School’s “Wall of Fame” (2004)
  • Winner of UNL Ag Research Division’s Junior Faculty Excellence in Research Award (2003)
  •  Named to AcademicKeys Who’s Who in Agriculture Higher Education (2003)


Service Activities:

  •  Senior Editor for Features Articles – Plant Health Instructor (2016-2018)

  • Senior Editor of APS Press (2013-2018)
  • Author of new plant pathology book for APS Press - “Bacterium of Many Colors” (2015)
  • Co-author for new revision of Central High Plains Dry Bean Pest Mgmt Guide (2015)
  • Co-author for a book chapter on sunflower diseases in American Oil Chemists Society’s  “Sunflower: Chemistry, Production, Processing and Utilization” (2015)
  • Editor and co-author for new Compendium of Sunflower Diseases and Pests for APS Press (in press) with a projected publication date of May, 2016
  • Authored/co-authored three chapters (sugar beet, dry bean, and sunflower diseases) in “Field Crop Disease Handbook” for APS Press (2017?), edited by Hollier, et al.
  • Authored one chapter (dry bean diseases) and reviewed two chapters (sugar beets and sunflowers) in “Fungicides for Field Crops” for APS Press (2013), edited by Mueller et al.
  • Chair of Review Panel for ARS sugar beet germplasm and breeding programs (2013)
  • Co-author for new revision of Central High Plains Sugar Beet Pest Mgmt Guide (2013)
  • Senior Editor of Plant Disease (2010-2012)
  • Associate Editor of Plant Disease (2008-2009)
  • Editor and co-author for new revision of Compendium of Beet Diseases and Pests for APS Press (2009)
  • Reviewed book on Genus Cercospora for APS Press (2008)
  • Reviewer on Sugar Crops Panel for ARS germplasm and breeding programs (2007 and 2009)


Refereed Journal/Review Articles: 55

Books: 1

Book Chapters: 52

Technical Peer-Reviewed Articles: 135

Extension/Service Activity Articles: 302

Abstracts: 66


1. Agarkova, I. V., Lambrecht, P. A., Vidaver, A. K., and Harveson, R. M.  2012.  Genetic diversity among Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens pv. flaccumfaciens populations in the American high plains.  Can. J. Microbiol. 58: 788-801.

2. J.A. Delgado, R.S. Goswami, R.M. Harveson, C.A. Urrea, D. Beran, and S.G. Markell. 2012.  First report of Ascochyta blight caused by Qoi-resistant isolates of Ascochyta rabiei in chickpea fields of Nebraska and South Dakota.  Plant Disease 96:1073.

3. Harveson, R. M.  2012.  Sugar beet seedling rust: an uncommon disease with a surprisingly long history.  APSnet Feature, March 2012.

4. Harveson, R. M., and Bolton, M. B.  2013.  First evidence of a binucleate Rhizoctonia as the causal agent of dry rot canker of sugar beet in Nebraska. Plant Dis. 97: 1508. 

5. Harveson, R. M.  2013.  The multi-colored bacterium.  APSnet Feature, November, 2013.

6. Workneh, F., Henne, D. C., Goolsby, J. A., Crosslin, J. M.,Whipple, S. D., Bradshaw, J. D., Rashed, A., Paetzold, L, Harveson, R. M., and Rush, C. M.  2013.  Characterization of management and environmental factors associated with regional variations in potato zebra chip occurrence. Phytopathology 103: 1235-1242.

7. Harveson, R. M. 2014.  Puccinia subnitens, a little-known rust pathogen for more than a century. Online.  Plant Health Progress. doi:10.1094/PHP-RV-13-1024.

8.  Harveson, R. M.  2014.  The false root-knot nematode: a unique plant pathogen native to the western hemisphere. APSnet Feature, June, 2014.  

9. Harveson, R. M., Nielsen, K. A., and Eskridge, K. M. 2014. Utilizing a pre-plant soil test for predicting and estimating root rot severity in sugar beets in the Central High Plains of the U.S.  Plant Dis. 98: (1248-1252).

10. E. C. Heitkamp, E, C., Lamppa, R. S., Lambrecht, P. A. Harveson, R. M. Mathew, F. M., and Markell, S. G.  2014.  First Report of Bacterial Pustule on Soybeans in North Dakota. Online. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-BR-14-0007.

11. Urrea, C. A. and Harveson, R. M.  2014.  Identification of sources of bacterial wilt resistance in common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)  Plant Dis. 98: (973-976).

12. Friskop, A. J., Gulya, T. J., Harveson, R. M., Humann, R. M., Avecedo, M., and Markell, S. G.  2015.  Phenotypic Diversity of Puccinia helianthi (Sunflower Rust) in the United States from 2011 and 2012.  Plant Dis. 99: 1604-1609

13. Harveson, R. M.  2015.  Beet curly top, America’s first serious sugar beet disease. APSnet Feature, February, 2015.

14. Harveson, R. M., Nelson, A., Mathew, F. M., and Seiler, G. J.  2015.  First report of Orobanche ludoviciana parasitizing sunflowers.   Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-BR-15-0043.

15. Harveson, R. M., Schwartz, H., F., Urrea, C. A., and Yonts, C. D.  2015.  Bacterial wilt of dry-edible beans in the central high plains of the U.S.:  past, present, and future.  Plant Dis. 99: 1665-1677.

16. Porter, L. D., Pasche, J. S., Chen, W., and Harveson, R. M. 2015. Isolation, identification, storage, pathogenicity tests, hosts, and geographic range of Fusarium solani f. sp. pisi causing Fusarium root rot of pea. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-DG-15-0013.

17. Webb, K. M., Harveson, R. M., and West, M. S.  2015.   Evaluation of Rhizoctonia zeae as a potential biological control option for fungal root diseases of sugar beet. Ann. Appl. Biol. 167: 75-89. 

18. Adesemoye, A. O., Wei, H.-H., and Harveson, R. M.  2016.  Identification of Erwinia rhapontici, as the causal agent of crown and shoot rot and pink seed of pea in Nebraska.  Plant Health Prog. 17:155-157.

19. Osdaghi E., Taghavi, S. M., Hamzehzarghani, H., Fazliarab, A., Harveson. R. M., and  Lamichhane, J. R.  2016.  Occurrence and characterization of a new red-pigmented variant of Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens, the causal agent of bacterial wilt of edible dry beans in Iran.  Eur. J. Plant Pathol. 146:129–145.