Alexander D. Pavlista

Alexander D. Pavlista

Alexander D. Pavlista


B.S., Biological Science, Manhattan College, 1968

Ph.D., Biology, City University of New York, 1977

Area of Focus

Plant Growth, Potato Production, and Pest Management

Research Interests

  • Plant Growth and Development
  • Limited Irrigation
  • Potato Production

Major Project Activities

Extension: Major program activities on potato are the newsletter Nebraska Potato Eyes and the web-site Potato Education Guides also blight forecasting, pest alerts, diagnostic field tours, and cultivar evaluation. Participate in Extension programs on corn, dry bean, oilseed crops, and wheat.

Research: Recent programs encompassed the effects of limiting irrigation on potato, canola, camelina, fenugreek, winter wheat and cellulosic grasses. A study has begun evaluating potato starch production under non-irrigated, organic conditions in western Nebraska.

Extension Interests

The major focus is potato production and pest management which include publishing NebGuides and the web-site Potato Education Guide. Additional extension programming concern winter wheat and cellulosic grasses, and alternate crops such as canola, camelina and fenugreek.

Other Information

  • President of The Potato Association of America (2007-2008)
  • Executive Committee of The PAA (2002-2014)
  • Board of Governors of the Western Nebraska Community Colleges

Languages Spoken

Conversant in French and Czech


  • Pavlista, A.D. 2013 (in press). Influence of foliar-applied growth retardants on Russet Burbank potato tuber production. Amer. Jour. Potato Research 90:xx
  • Pavlista, A.D., D.K. Santra, G.W. Hergert, and J. Schild. 2012. Growth promotion of dry bean types by gibberellic acid. HortScience 47:637-642.
  • Pavlista, A.D., D.D. Baltensperger, T.A. Isbell, and G.W. Hergert. 2012. Comparative growth of spring-planted canola, brown mustard and camelina in western Nebraska. Industrial Crops and Products 36:9-13.
  • Woodard, J.D., K.A. Ward, G.D. Schnitkey, P.A. Burgener, and A.D. Pavlista. 2012. Economics of skip-row corn. in the Central Great Plains: Production and insurance implications. Amer. Jour. Agricultural Economics 94:823-837.
  • Pavlista, A.D. 2011. Growth regulators stimulate yield production of Atlantic potato. Amer. Jour. Potato Research 88:479-484.
  • Pavlista, A.D. and C. Gall. 2011. Delaying early blight onset in potato with thidiazuron. Amer. Jour. Potato research. Amer. Jour. Potato Research 88:114-120.
  • Pavlista, A.D., T.A. Isbell, D D. Baltensperger, and G.W. Hergert. 2011. Planting date and development of spring-seeded irrigated canola, brown mustard and camelina. Industrial Crops and Products 33:451-456.
  • Pavlista, A.D., D. K. Santra, T.A. Isbell, D D. Baltensperger, G.W. Hergert, J. Krall, A. Mesbach, J. Johnson, M. O'Neil, R. Aiken, A. Berrada. 2011. Adaptability of irrigated spring canola oil production to the US High Plains. Industrial Crops and Products 33:165-169.
  • Harveson, R.M., D.K. Santra, A.D. Pavlista, M.L. Putnam, and M. Curtis. 2011. A New Report for Downy Mildew (Hyaloperonospora camelinae Gø¤um.) Göker, Voglmayr, Riethm., M. Weiss & Oberw.) of Camelina (Camelina sativa (L.) Crantz in the High Plains of the United States. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-2011-1014-01-BR
  • Pavlista, A.D., G.W. Hergert, D.D. Baltensperger, and S. Knox. 2010. Reducing height and lodging of winter wheat. Crop Management. doi:10.1094/CM-2010-0806-01-RS
  • Pavlista, A.D., D.D. Baltensperger, and S. Knox. 2010. Inhibiting lodging of wheatgrass for seed production. Crop Management doi:10.1094/CM-2010-0611-02-RS
  • Pavlista, A.D., D.J. Lyon, D.D. Baltensperger, and G.W. Hergert. 2010. Yield components as affected by planting dryland maize in a double-skip row pattern. Jour. Crop Improvement 24:131-141.
  • Lyon, D.J., A.D. Pavlista, G.W. Hergert, R.N. Klein, C.A. Shapiro, S. Knezevic, S.C. Mason, L.A. Nelson, D.D. Baltensperger, R.W. Elmore, M.F. Vigil, A.J. Schlegel, B.L. Olsen, and R.M. Aiken. 2009. Skip-row planting patterns stabilize corn grain yields in the Central Great Plains. Crop Management doi:10:1094/CM-2009-0224-02-RS