Research Plant Pathologist (Virology)
Dr. Robert (Bob) Martin is a research plant pathologist with the USDA-ARS Horticultural Crops Research Unit in Corvallis. His research focuses on the characterization, detection and management of viruses in the berry crops and grapes. He also serves as research leader for the Research Unit, which has 15 research scientists of which 10 work on berries and grapes, and is a courtesy professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. Bob has been involved with the National Clean Plant Network since its inception in 2007 and serves on the grape and berry NCPN Tier 2 boards. He is also active in the International Committee for Study of Viruses of Temperate Fruit Crops. Bob grew up on a dairy farm in central Wisconsin with five brothers and five sisters and spent many hours harvesting wild berries, milking cows and doing farm work in his youth.