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Department of Plant Pathology

Erick De Wolf

Erick De Wolf Professor
1712 Claflin Rd
4607 Throckmorton Ctr.
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 785-532-3968
Fax: 785-532-5692




Biography and Education


B.A. 1994 Hope College Biology
Ph.D. 2000 North Dakota State University Plant Pathology

Professional Experience
2012-Present  Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University
2008-2012      Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University
2007-2008      Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University
2001-2007      Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, The Pennsylvania State University
1999-2000      Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Ohio State University


Development of disease management strategies for fungal diseases of wheat including Fusarium head blight, tan spot, leaf rust and stripe rust

Staff and Students

Denis Shah, Associate Scientist

Christian Webb, Graduate Student, PhD


 Diseases of wheat, small grains, and forages.


Shah, D.A., Molineros J.E., Paul P.A., Willyerd K.T., Madden L.V., and De Wolf E.D. Predicting Fusarium head blight epidemics with weather-driven pre- and post-anthesis logistic regression models. Phytopathology 103:906-919.

Shah, D.A., De Wolf E.D., Paul P.A. and Madden, L.V. Predicting Fusarium head blight epidemics with boosted regression trees. Phytopathology 104:702-714.

McMullen, M., Bergstrom, G., De Wolf, E. Dill Mackey, R., Hershman, D., Shaner, G. and Van Sanford, D.  2012. A unified effort to fight an enemy of wheat and barley: Fusarium head blight.  Plant Disease: 96:1712-1728.

Byamukama, E., Seifers, D. E., Hein, G. L., De Wolf, E. D., Tisserat, N. A., Langham, M. A. C., Osborne, L. E., Timmerman, A., and Wegulo, S. N. 2012. Occurrence and distribution of Triticum mosaic virus in the Central Great Plains.  Plant Disease 97:21-29

Bockus, W. W., De Wolf, E. D., Gill, B. S., Jardine, D. J., Stack, J. P., Bowden, R. L., Fritz, A. K., and Martin, T. J. 2011.  Historical durability of resistance to wheat diseases in Kansas.  Online. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-2011-0802-01-RV.

Gent, D. H., De Wolf, E. D., Pethybridge, S. J. 2011. Perceptions of risk, risk aversion, and barriers to adoption of decision support systems and IPM: an introduction. Phytopathology 101:640-643.

Wegulo, S. N., Bockus, W.W., Hernandez Nopsa, J., De Wolf, E. D. Eskridge, K. M., Peiris, K. H. S. and Dowell, F. E. 2011. Effects of integrating cultivar resistance and fungicides application on Fusarium head blight and deoxynivalenol in winter wheat. Plant Disease 95:554-560.

Haran, M., Bhat, K., Molineros, J. and De Wolf, E. 2009.  Estimating the risk of crop epidemics from coincident spatiotemporal processes.  Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics 15:158-175.

Paul, P.A., Lipps, P.E., De Wolf, E.D., Shaner, G., Buechley, G., Adhikari, T., Ali, S., Stein, J., Osborne, L. and Madden, L.V.  2007. A distributed lag analysis of the relationship between Gibberella zeae inoculum density on wheat spikes and weather variables. Phytopathology 97:1608-1624.