Edel Perez

Postdoctoral FELLOW 

205 Rouse Life Sciences Building
Auburn University, AL 36849
Lab: (334) 844-5015
Fax: (334) 844-1947


Ph.D. in Science in Ecology and Biotechnology (With Honours) Universidad Veracruzana- Xalapa, Ver., Mexico Institute of Ecology and Applied Biotechnology, 2016

Bachelor in Biochemistry Universidad de la Habana, Havana, Cuba
Biology Faculty and Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology of Cuba, 2011



Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, Saskatoon Research Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Visiting Researcher (September 2016-December 2016)

Havana University, Biology Faculty, Plant Biology, Havana, Cuba. Assistant Professor (September 2012-June 2013), Molecular genetics

Instituto de Investigaciones en Fruticultura Tropical (Institute of Tropical Fruticulture, Plant Disease Department), Havana, Cuba. Researcher (February 2012-June 2013)



Development of new techniques to culture Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus.



Edel Pérez-López, Douglas Rodríguez, Mauricio Luna-Rodríguez, Chrystel Y. Olivier, Tim J. Dumonceaux. 2017. ­Molecular diagnostic assays based on cpn60 UT sequences reveal the geographic distribution of subgroup 16SrXIII-(A/I)I phytoplasma in Mexico. Scientific Reports (in press).

W. Wei†, E. Pérez-López†, R.E. Davis, L. Bermúdez-Díaz, C. Granda-Wong, J. Wang, and Y. Zhao. 2017. ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma brasiliense’-related strains associated with papaya bunchy top disease in northern Peru represent a distinct geographic lineage. Crop Protection 92: 99-106. †First authorship shared.

W. Wei †, E. Pérez-López †, L. Bermúdez-Díaz, R.E. Davis, C. Granda-Wong, and Y. Zhao. 2016. First report of a new grapevine yellows disease in Peru and its association with infection by a ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma brasiliense’-related phytoplasma strain. Plant Disease. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-08-16-1152-PDN. †First authorship shared.

Edel Pérez-López, Chrystel Y. Olivier, Mauricio Luna-Rodríguez, and Tim J. Dumonceaux. 2016. Phytoplasma classification and phylogeny based on in silico and in vitro RFLP analysis of cpn60 universal target sequences. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (in press) doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.001501

Edel Pérez-López and Tim J. Dumonceaux. 2016. Detection and identification of the heterogeneous new subgroup 16SrXIII-(A/I)I phytoplasma associated with strawberry green petal disease and Mexican periwinkle virescence in Mexico. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (in press) doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.001365

Edel Pérez-López, Chrystel Y. Olivier, Mauricio Luna-Rodríguez, Jacel Adame-García and Tim J. Dumonceaux. 2016. Periwinkle proliferation disease associated with 16SrI-B phytoplasma in Mexico. Tropical Plant Pathology (in press) doi: 10.1007/s40858-016-0093-5.

Edel Pérez-López, Chrystel Y. Olivier, Mauricio Luna-Rodríguez, Yesenia Rodríguez, Lourdes G. Iglesias, Alejandro Castro-Luna, Jacel Adame-García, Tim J. Dumonceaux. 2016. Maize bushy stunt phytoplasma affects native corn at high elevations in Southeast Mexico. European Journal of Plant Pathology (in press) doi: 10.1007/s10658-016-0883-0.

Edel Pérez-López, Mauricio Luna-Rodríguez, Chrystel Y. Olivier and Tim J. Dumonceaux. 2016. The underestimated diversity of phytoplasmas in Latin America. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 66: 492–513.

Torres-Moreno R, Moya-Raygoza, G, Pérez-López E. 2015. Absence of corn stunt spiroplasma and maize bushy stunt phytoplasma in Leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) that inhabit edge grasses throughout winter in Jalisco, Mexico. Florida Entomologist 98: 967-969.

Luis-Pantoja M, Ramos-Gonzalez PL, naranjo M, Hernandez-Rodriguez L, Rodriguez J, Pérez-López E. 2015. Rickettsia-related bacteria associated with papaya plants showing bunchy top disease in Cuba. J Gen Plant Pathol 81:166–168.

Dumonceaux TJ, Green M, Hammond C, Perez E, Olivier C. 2014. Molecular Diagnostic Tools for Detection and Differentiation of Phytoplasmas Based on Chaperonin-60 Reveal Differences in Host Plant Infection Patterns. PLoS ONE 9:e116039.

Pérez-López E, Hernández-Rodríguez L, Luis Pantoja M, Hernández Zaldívar MR. 2013. First report of a Candidatus phytoplasma asteris isolate affecting macadamia nut trees in Cuba. New Disease Reports 28: 1.

Pérez-López E, Luis Pantoja M, Hernández-Rodríguez L, Bárzaga IP. 2013. First report of a Candidatus phytoplasma ulmi isolated affecting sapodilla trees in western Cuba. New Disease Reports 28:18.



Pérez-López, E, Chrystel Y. Olivier, Christine Hammond, Tim J. Dumonceaux. Hibridación de oligonucleótidos a microesferas fluorescentes, un método diagnóstico rápido y eficiente para detectar patógenos no cultivables. I Congreso Internacional de Diagnóstico Molecular para el Manejo Integrado de Plagas y Enfermedades en la Producción Agraria. (Perú).

Pérez-López E, Dumonceaux TJ, Olivier CY, Luna-Rodríguez M. 2014. Identification of ‘Candidatus phytoplasma phoenicium’ in periwinkle from Cuba. Rev Mex Fitopatol 32:S47 (México)

Pérez-López, E, Hernández-Rodríguez, L., Luis-Pantoja, M., Rosa-Hernández, M., David, D. 2013. Identification of ´Candidatus Phytoplasma asteris´ afecting Macadamia tres in Cuba. Fruticultura 2013. (Cuba)

Pérez-López, E, Hernández-Rodríguez, L., Luis-Pantoja, M. 2012. Detection of Rickettsia genus through a non-radioactive nucleica cid hybridization assay in plants with symptoms of papaya bushy top disease. QuimiCuba 2012. (Cuba)