Dr. Francesca Peduto Hand

Francesca Peduto Hand
Dr. Francesca Peduto Hand
Assistant Professor, Ornamental/Turf Plant Pathology
475C Kottman Hall 2021 Coffey Road Columbus, OH 43210

Research area

Detection, characterization, and management of pathogens associated with ornamental crops (greenhouse, nursery/landscape) and turfgrass.


PLNTPTH 5120: Diseases of Ornamental Plants – Spring semester

PLNTPTH 5685: Plant Disease Diagnostics - May term


The purpose of my program is to develop plant health management strategies to address the disease problems faced by the floriculture, nursery and turf industries of Ohio. My goal as an extension educator is to enhance knowledge of pathogens’ biology, etiology and epidemiology through development of educational material (fact sheets, pest-alerts), visits to greenhouse/nursery/golf courses, as well as through participation and presentations at grower-oriented meetings, trade shows and workshops.

Professional Experience

2013-present Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, Department of Plant Pathology

2009-2012 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California Davis, Department of Plant Pathology


2008 Ph.D. Plant Pathology, University of Florence, Italy

2003 M.S. Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, University of Florence, Italy