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Kiersten Alane Wise

Botany and Plant Pathology 

  • Associate Professor
Lilly Hall Room 1-325

The overall goal of my research program is to develop economical and sustainable disease management practices for agronomic field crops. This is achieved by studying the effects of management techniques on the biology of plant diseases. Through this research we can select management practices that will improve crop production efficiency and simultaneously increase our awareness of how diseases interact with their hosts.

Awards & Honors

(2015) American Society of Agronomy Outstanding Extension Education Materials Award for Publications.

(2015) Richard L. Kohl's Outstanding Early Career Award for the Deparrment of Botany and Plant Pathology. Purdue University.

Selected Publications

Sexton, Z. F., Hughes, T. J., & Wise, K. A. (2016). Analyzing isolate variability of Macrophomina phaseolina from a regional perspective. Crop Protection, 81, 9-13. Retrieved from

Ruhl, G., Romberg, M. K., Bissonnette, S., Plewa, D., Creswell, T. C., & Wise, K. A. (2016). First Report of Tar Spot on Corn Caused by Phyllachora maydis in the United States. Plant Disease, 100(7), 1496. Retrieved from

Kandel, Y. R., Wise, K. A., Bradley, C. A., Chilvers, M. I., Tenuta, A. U., & Mueller, D. S. (in press). Fungicide and cultivar effects on sudden death syndrome and yield of soybean. Plant Disease.

Ikley, J. T., Wise, K. A., & Johnson, B. G. (2015). Annual Ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum), Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense), and Large Crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis) are Alternative Hosts for Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. nebraskensis, Causal Agent of Goss's Wilt of Corn. Weed Science, 63(4). doi:10.1614/WS-D-15-00028.1

Olsen, T. R., Gebreil, A., Micijevic, A., Bradley, C. A., Wise, K. A., Mueller, D. S., . . . Mathew, F. M. (2015). Association of Diaporthe longicolla with black zone lines on mature soybean (Glycine max L.) plants. Plant Health Progress. doi:10.1094/PHP-RS-15-0020

Romero Luna, M., & Wise, K. A. (2015). Development of Molecular Assays for Detection of Stenocarpella maydis and Stenocarpella macrospora in Corn. Plant Disease, 99(6), 761-769. Retrieved from

Kandel, Y. R., Bradley, C. A., Wise, K. A., Chilvers, M. I., Tenuta, A. U., Davis, V. M., . . . Mueller, D. S. (2015). Effect of glyphosate application on sudden death syndrome of glyphosate-resistant soybean under different field conditions. Plant Disease, 99(3), 347-354. Retrieved from

Freije, A. J., & Wise, K. A. (2015). Impact of Fusarium graminearum inoculum availability and fungicide application timing on Fusarium head blight in wheat. Crop Protection, 77, 139-147. doi:10.1016/j.cropro.2015.07.016

Romero Luna, M., & Wise, K. A. (2015). Timing and efficacy of fungicide applications for Diplodia ear rot management in corn. doi:10.1094/PHP-RS-15-0010

Sikora, E., Allen, T., Wise, K., Bergstrom, G., Bradley, C., Bond, J., . . . Vaiciunas, S. (2014). A coordinated effort to manage soybean rust in North America: a success story in soybean disease monitoring. Plant Disease, 98.