College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


2003 Distinguished Alumnus: Gerard T. Berggren


gerard berggrenDr. Berggren received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology education from Southeastern in 1969 and continued his education earning a masters and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from LSU.

In 1977, Dr. Berggren joined the faculty at LSU as an instructor where he has remained ever since. For many years he has taught courses in plant disease diagnosis and control, integrated pest management and plant pathology. Over the years, he has received several awards for Faculty Excellence in Classroom Teaching and Graduate Advising. Presently he is the Department Head and Professor of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology at LSU and the resident director of the Central Research Station. He also holds the position of Accountable Property Officer for the Federal Surplus Excess Property Program.

With a primary interest in plant disease management and control, Dr. Berggren has been a prolific writer and researcher co-authoring well over 100 abstracts and publications on plant pathology and related topics. His research in the study of soybean diseases has been extensive and has resulted in identifying soybean cultivars most resistant to certain serious diseases. Fungicide studies he has conducted have resulted in determining two substances which effectively manage certain serious diseases of soybeans using just a single application.

Professionally, he is a past president of the Southern Soybean Disease Workers and the Louisiana Association of Plant Pathologists and Nematologists. He has also served as Chairman of the Southern Regional Information Exchange Group and on the editorial board of "Louisiana Agriculture". Dr. Berggren is also a former member of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation Advisory Committee and the Louisiana Seed Commission.  In 2003 he was selected as the Distnguished Alumnus from the College of Science and Technology.