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Department of Plant Pathology

John Leslie

johnUniversity Distinguished Professor
1712 Claflin Rd
4002 Throckmorton Ctr.
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 785-532-1363 
Fax: 785-532-5692
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B.A. Biology, University of Dallas, 1975
M.S. Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1977
Ph.D. Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1979

Staff and Students

Amy Beyer, Research Assistant

Bruce Ramundo, Associate Scientist

Kevin McCluskey, Curator FGSC


  • Fusarium Laboratory Workshop [PLPTH 676]
  • Research in Plant Pathology for the MS Degree [PLPTH 899]


Biochemical, molecular, and population genetics of model and plant pathogenic fungi.


Studt, L., C. troncoso, F. Gong, P. Hedden, C. Toomajian, J.F. Leslie, H-U Humpf, M.C. Rojas, B. Tudzynski. 2012. Segregation of secondary metabolite biosynthesis in hybrids of Fusarium fujikuroi and Fusarium proliferatum. Fungal Genetics and Biology 49:567-577

Saleh, A.A., H.U. Ahmed, T.C. Todd, S.E. travers, K.A. Zeller, J.F. Leslie and K.A. Garrett. 2010. Relatedness of Macrophomina phaseolina isolates from tallgrass prairie, maize, soybean and sorghum. Molecular Ecology 19:79-91.

Voss, H., Bowden, R.L., Leslie, J.F., Miedaner, T. 2010. Variation and transgression of aggressiveness among two Gibberella zeae crosses developed from highly aggressive parental isolates. Phytopathology 100:904-912.

Lee, J., Jurgenson, J.E., Leslie, J.F., Bowden, R.L. 2008. Alignment between genetic and physical maps of Gibberella zeae. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 74:2349-2359.

Bowden, R.L. Fuentes-Bueno, I., Leslie, J.F., Lee, J., Lee, Y. 2008. Methods for detecting chromosome rearrangements in Gibberella zeae. Cereal Res. Comm. 36:603-608.

Lee, J., Leslie, J.F., owden, R.L. 2008. Expression and function of sex pheromones and receptors in the Homothallic Ascomycete Giberella zeae. Eukaryotic Cell 7(7):1211-1221.

Leslie, J.F., Summerell, B.A., Bullock, S., Doe, F.J. 2005. Description of Gibberella sacchari and neotypification of its anamorph Fusarium sacchari. Mycologia 97:718-724.

Leslie, J.F., Zller, K.A., Wohler, M. Summerell, B.A. 2004. Interfertility of two mating populations in the Gibberella fujikuroi species complex. European Journal of Plant Pathology 110:611-618.

Smith, J.S., Fotso, J., Leslie, J.F., Wu, X., van der Velde, D., Thakur, R.A. 2004. Characterization of bostrycoidin: an analytical analog of zearalenone. Journal of Food Science 69:227-232.

Zeller, K.A., Bowden, R.L., Leslie, J.F. 2004. Population differentiation and recombination in wheat scab populations of Gibberella zeae in the United States. Molecular Ecology 13:563-571.

Cumagun, C.J.R., Bowden, R.L., Jurgenson, J.E., Leslie, J.F., Miedaner, T. 2004. Genetic mapping of pathogenicity and aggressiveness of Gibberella zeae (Fusarium graminearum) towards wheat. Phytopathology 94:520-526.

Heaton, L.A. and Leslie, J.F. 2004. Double-stranded RNAs associated with Fusarium proliferatum mitochondria. Mycological Progress 3:193-198.

Leslie, J.F., Zller, K.A., Logrieco, A., Mule, G., Moretti, A., Ritieni, A. 2004. Species diversity and toxin production by strains in the Gibberella fujikuroi species complex isolated from native prairie grasses in Kansas. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 70:2254-2262.