Alexander D. Pavlista

Alexander D. Pavlista

Alexander D. Pavlista

Emeritus Professor

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 were the newsletter Nebraska Potato Eyes and the web-site Potato Education Guides and also blight forecasting, pest alerts, diagnostic field tours and cultivar evaluation. Participated 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.

Current Interests

Interaction of Plant Sciences with Theology

Professional Society

Potato Association of America

Other Information

  • Honorary Life Member of The Potato Association of America (2015-)
  • 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 (2011-2015)
  • Board of Directors of the Legacy of the Plains Museum (2005-2009)

Languages Spoken

Conversant in French and Czech


Publications

(2013-2017)

Research Journal Articles

  • Pavlista, A.D. 2017. Carboxymethylcellulase activity in lettuce seeds prior to germination. Amer. Jour. Plant Sci. 8:706-719.
  • Pavlista, A.D. and J. Groskopf. 2016. Growing potato profitably for organic dry matter production in western Nebraska. Amer. Jour. Potato Research 93:509-517.
  • Pavlista, A.D. and D.K. Santra. 2016. Planting and harvest dates, and irrigation on fenugreek in the semi-arid High Plains of the USA. Industrial Crops and Products 94:65-71.
  • Pavlista, A.D., G.W. Hergert, J.M. Margheim, and T.A. Isbell. 2016. Growth of spring canola (Brassica napus) under deficit irrigation in western Nebraska. Industrial Crops and Products 83:635-640.
  • Pavlista, A.D., G.W. Hergert, J.M. Margheim, and T.A. Isbell. 2016. Growth of spring camelina (Camelina sativa) under deficit irrigation in western Nebraska. Industrial Crops and Products 83:118-123.
  • Hergert, G.W., J.M. Margheim, A.D. Pavlista, D.L. Martin, R.J. Supalla, and T.A. Isbell. 2016 Yield, irrigation response, and water productivity of deficit to fully irrigated spring canola. Agricultural Water Management 168:96-103.
  • Hergert, G.W., J.M. Margheim, A.D. Pavlista, D.L. Martin, T.A. Isbell, and R.J. Supalla. 2016. Irrigation response and water productivity of deficit to fully irrigated spring camelina. Agricultural Water Management 177:46-53.
  • Pavlista, A.D. 2015. Scheduling reduced irrigation on ‘Atlantic’ potato for minimal effect. Amer. Jour. Potato Res. 92:673-683.
  • Aiken, R., D. Baltensperger, J. Krall, J. Johnson, and A. Pavlista. 2015. Planting methods affect emergence, flowering and yield of spring oilseed crops in the central High Plains. Industrial Crops and Products 69:273-277.
  • Pavlista, A.D., D.D. Baltensperger, D.K. Santra, G.W. Hergert, and S. Knox. 2014. Gibberellic acid promotes early growth of winter wheat and rye. Amer. Jour, Plant Sci. 5:2984-2996.
  • Pavlista, A.D. 2013. Influence of foliar-applied growth retardants on Russet Burbank potato tuber production. Amer. Jour. Potato Research 90:395-401.
  • Pavlista, A.D., D.K. Santra and D.D. Baltensperger. 2013 Bioassay of winter wheat for gibberellic acid sensitivity. Amer. Jour. Plant Sci. 4:2015-2022.
  • Pavlista, A.D., G.W. Hergert, J.Schild, and D.K. Santra. 2013. Improving bean harvest with gibberellic acid. HortTechnology 23:282-287.

Extension Publications

  • Pavlista, A.D. 2015. Potato Tuber Aging in Storage. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension NebGuide G2269.
  • Pavlista, A.D. 2015. Bruises of Potato Tubers. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension NebGuide G2271.
  • Pavlista, A.D. 2015. Potato Tuber Wound Healing. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension NebGuide G2273.
  • Pavlista, A.D. 2015. Growth of the Nebraska Potato Industry. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension NebGuide G2272.
  • Pavlista, A.D. 2014. False Chinch Bugs in Potato. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension NebGuide G2228.
  • Pavlista, A.D. 2014. European Corn Borer in Potato. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension NebGuide G2229.
  • Johnson, J.J., G.W. Hergert, D.K. Santra, and A.D. Pavlista. 2014 Agriculture in the Nebraska Panhandle. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Circular EC864.
  • Hergert, G.W., K.H. Jenkins, J. Margheim, A. Pavlista, R. Nielsen, and M. Darapuneni. 2014. Effect of irrigation allocation on perennial grass production and quality. In Nebraska Beef Cattle Report, University of Nebraska-Lincoln MP99.
  • Pavlista, A.D. 2013. Wet Rots of Potato in Storage. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension NebGuide G2203.
  • Pavlista, A.D. and D.K. Santra. 2013. Planting Winter Wheat in Dry Soil. University of Nebraska-Lincoln NebGuide G2211.