Sherrie Ellen Smith

Sherrie Ellen Smith

Plant Diagnostician

The Arkansas Plant Health Clinic

(DREX)-Director Experiment Station

(UADA)-UA Division of Agriculture

Phone: 479-575-2727

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Currently, Sherrie Smith serves as Plant Pathologist/Instructor and diagnostician. Smith began her career at the Plant Health Clinic in January 2006 after completing her M.S. degree in plant pathology at the University of Arkansas. The clinic is under the direction of Interim Department Head of Plant Pathology and Entomology Ken Korth. The clinic also has a portable lab that Sherrie Smith takes to field days, flower and garden shows, and Master Gardener events.  

  • M.S.; University of Arkansas, Department of Plant Pathology • Concentrations: Soybean pathology and breeding; characterizing population structure of Phomopsis longicolla • Thesis: Characterizing resistance to Phomopsis infection in soybean PI 360841, and describing population structure of Phomopsis longicolla using nitrate non-utilizing (nit) mutants
  • B.S.; Missouri Southern State University, Department of Biology

Refereed Publications

  • J.C. Gress, S. Smith and I.E. Tzanetakis., First Report of Citrus Leaf Blotch Virus in Peony in the U.S.A. Plant Disease., Volume 101, Number 4 Page 637
  • "S. Smith and K. Urrea,. First Report of Downy Mildew Caused by Peronospora belbahrii on basil in Arkansas. Plant Disease. Volume 102, Number 3, Page 686"
  • S. Smith, S. Roberson and K. Cochran, First Report of Downy Mildew on Blackberry Caused by Peronospora sparsa in Arkansas. November 2014, Volume 98, Number 11, Page 1585
  • Jackson, E.W., Smith, S.E., Fenn, P. 2008. Infection of soybean seed by Diaporthe phaseolorum var. sojae and Phomopsis longicolla and pathogenicity differences amongst P. longicolla isolates. Phytopathology, pending.
  • Smith, S.E., Fenn, P., Chen, P., Jackson, E.W. 2008. Inheritance of Resistance to Phomopsis Seed Decay in PI 360841 Soybean. Journal of Heredity. doi: 10.1093/jhered/esn037
  • Smith, S.E., Fenn, P., Miller, P.K., Chen, P. 2006. Inheritance of resistance to Phomopsis seed decay in soybean PI 360841. Proceedings of the Southern Soybean Disease Workers 33rd Annual Meeting.
  • Smith, S., Fenn, P., Correll, J. 2005. Vegetative compatibility reveals genetic diversity in isolates of the soybean seed pathogen Phomopsis longicolla from Arkansas. Phytopathology. 95: S98.
  • Jackson.E.W., Fenn, P., Smith, S.E., Chen, P., Miller, P.K. 2004. Inheritance of resistance to Phomopsis seed decay in PI 80837 and MO/PSD- 0259 soybean. Phytopathology. 94: S45.

Extension Publications


  • First Detector Certification (soybean rust) 2005
  • Certified Missouri Nurseryman, 1997,1998.1999,2000


  • 2006 to present: Plant Disease Diagnostician; University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Fayetteville, AR


  • Southern Plant Disease Network
  • American Phytopathological Society
  • National Association Agricultural Agents Association
  • CAPS

• Gamma Sigma Delta The Honor Society of Agriculture, 2005

• University of Arkansas Plant Pathology Masters Student of the Year, 2003-2004

• Cum laude Missouri Southern State University, 2003

• Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society, 2003