Debalina Saha

Debalina Saha

sahadeb2@msu.edu

Department of Horticulture

Assistant Professor

Telephone: (517) 353-0338

1066 Bogue St, Room A220
East Lansing, MI 48824

Area of Expertise:

Weed science and ecology as it relates to ornamental crop production (in the landscape, nursery, greenhouse and Christmas tree industries)


Joined Department

July 2019

Appointment

  • 50% Extension
  • 35% Research
  • 15% Teaching

Education

  • PhD  University of Florida (Horticultural Sciences)
  • MS  University of Calcutta (Botany)
  • BS   Presidency College, University of Calcutta (Botany Honors)

Publications

Peer-reviewed publications:

Saha, D., C. Marble, B.J. Pearson, H.E. Perez, G.E. MacDonald, and D.C. Odero. 2019. Short-term preemergence herbicide adsorption by mulch materials and impacts on weed control. HortTechnology 1-9 doi: https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTTECH04432-19

Saha, D., C. Marble, B.J. Pearson, H.E. Perez, G.E. MacDonald, and D.C. Odero. 2019. Emergence of garden spurge (Euphorbia hirta) and large crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis) in response to different physical properties and depths of common mulch materials. Weed Technology 1-8 doi:10.1017/wet.2019.88.

Saha, D., C. Marble, N. Torres, and A. Chandler. 2019. Fertilizer placement affects growth and reproduction of three common weed species in pine bark-based soilless nursery substrates. Weed Science 1-7 doi:10.1017/wsc.2019.49.

Marble, S.C., S.T. Steed, D. Saha, and Y. Khamare. 2019. On-farm evaluations of wood-derived, waste paper, and plastic mulch materials for weed control in Florida container nurseries. HortTechnology 1-8 doi:10.21273/HORTTECH04437-19.

Saha, D., C. Marble, B.J. Pearson, H.E. Perez, G.E. MacDonald, and D.C. Odero. 2019. Influence of mulch type and depth, herbicide formulation, and post-application irrigation volume on control of common landscape weed species. HortTechnology 29:65-77.

Saha, D., C. Marble, and A. Chandler. 2018. Early postemergence control of bittercress (Cardamine flexuosa With.) and oxalis (Oxalis stricta L.) with dithiopyr and isoxaben combinations. Journal of Environmental Horticulture 36(3): 114-118.  http://hrijournal.org/doi/full/10.24266/0738-2898-36.3.114.

Saha, D., C. Marble, and B.J. Pearson. 2018. Allelopathic effects of common landscape and nursery mulch materials on weed control. Frontiers in Plant Science 9:1-8.  doi:10.3389/fpls.2018.00733.

Saha, D., C. Marble, C. Stewart, and A. Chandler. 2017. Preemergence and postemergence control of Artillery weed (Pilea microphylla) in container nurseries and landscapes. Weed Technology 31(4): 574-581.

 

Extension Publications:

Saha, D. 2020. Top three problematic weeds of Michigan nursery container production. The Michigan Landscape. {In print}

Saha, D. 2020. Managing birdeye pearlwort in Michigan's nursery container production. The Michigan Landscape. {In print}

Saha, D., H. Lindberg, and M.K. Sidhu. 2020. Identification and management of liverwort in greenhouses. Electronic grower resources on-line (e-grow) vol 9.03. 

http://www.e-gro.org/pdf/2020_903.pdf

Saha, D. 2020. Chemical weed control strategies for nurseries and landscapes: Part II. The Michigan Landscape 63(1):44-46.

Saha, D. 2019. Nonchemical weed control strategies for nurseries and landscapes: Part I. The Michigan Landscape 62(6):39-41.

Saha, D. 2019. Top three problematic weeds of Christmas tree plantations in great lake regions. Great Lakes Christmas Tree Journal 15 (4): 28-30.

Saha, D., C. Marble, S. Steed, and N.S. Boyd. 2019. Biology and management of Yellow (Cyperus escuelentus) and Purple Nutsedge (C. rotundus) in ornamental crop production and landscapes, ENH 1305. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences EDIS http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep569

Laughinghouse IV, H.D., D.E. Berthold, C. Marble, and D. Saha. 2019. Biology and management of Nostoc (Cyanobacteria) in nurseries and greenhouses, SS-AGR-431. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences EDIS. https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ag430

Saha, D., C. Marble, R.H. Stamps, S. Steed, and N.S. Boyd. 2016. Biology and management of ragweed parthenium (Parthenium hysterophorus L.) in ornamental crop production, ENH 1270. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences EDIS. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep535

Saha, D., C. Marble, S. Steed, and N.S. Boyd. 2016. Biology and management of Pilea microphylla (Artillery weed) in ornamental crop production, ENH 1272. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences EDIS. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep531.

 

Awards and Honors

  • Weed Science Society of America Travel Enrichment Experience Scholarship – 2018
  • William C. and Bertha M. Cornett Fellowship by College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Florida – 2018, 2017
  • James H. Davis Memorial Scholarship, National Horticulture Foundation – 2018
  • International Plant Propagator’s Society Graduate Research Competition –3rd Place, 2018
  • International Plant Propagator’s Society Travel Grant Recipient – 2018, 2017, 2016
  • Outstanding CALS (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) International Student Award, University of Florida International Center- 2017
  • International Plant Propagator’s Society Graduate Research Competition –1st Place, 2017
  • Russell Norton Memorial Fellowship by Dade County AGRI Council, Inc.- 2017
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Oral Presentation by Florida Academy of Sciences-2017
  • Elizabeth A. Hays Travel Award by Florida Academy of Sciences Inc.- 2017
  • International Plant Propagator’s Society Graduate Research Competition –2nd Place, 2016
  • International Plant Propagator’s Society Vivian Munday Scholarship – 2016
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, University of Florida International Center, University of Florida – 2016
  • Order of Merit – 3rd Place in Master of Science (Botany), University of Calcutta – 2011
  • Order of Merit – 7th Place in Bachelor of Science (Botany Honors), University of Calcutta-2009

 

Graduate Student: 

Manjot Kaur Sidhu (Doctoral; Joined January 2020)

Course Taught:

HRT 863: Environmental Plant Physiology (Spring every odd year)