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Department of Plant Pathology

Department of Plant Pathology
Kansas State University
1712 Claflin Road
4024 Throckmorton PSC
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: +1-785-532-6176
Fx: +1-785-532-5692

Lead Instructors

Nancy Collette

Technical Service and Applications manager at VICAM, A Waters Business. She has over 25 years of experience in mycotoxin analytical methods development and the analysis of mycotoxins.

Erick De Wolf

Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University. His research focuses on modeling and plant disease forecasting systems, with recent emphasis on Fusarium Head Blight.

David Geiser

Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Director of the Fusarium Research Center, Pennsylvania State University. Experience with molecular evolution of fungi and fungal population genetics.

Rudolf Krska

Professor at BOKU Vienna and Queen’s University – Belfast.  Coordinates the EU project MyToolBox, has evaluated the impact of trichothecenes on humans for FAO/WHO (JECFA), and is among the Web of Science’s top 1% most cited authors.

John F. Leslie

University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University. Over 30 years experience with Fusarium genetics and population analysis.

Antonio Logrieco

Director of the Institute for the Science of Food Production, National Council of Research (CNR-ISPA), Italy. Specializes in epidemiology, taxonomy, and molecular/chemical characterization of toxigenic Fusarium species.

Brett Summerell

Director Science and Conservation at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (Australia). Over 30 years of experience with the taxonomy, identification and description of Fusarium species, and the plant diseases caused by these fungi. Co-authored two lab manuals on Fusarium identification.

Chris Toomajian

Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University. Interests include fungal genomics, population genetics, and speciation, with expertise in the molecular signatures of natural selection.

Anne Van Dipengen

A fungal geneticist in the Biointerations and Plant Health unit of Wageningen University and Research. She worked for several years at the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute studying Fusarium infections in humans and animals, but now focuses on plant pathogens and mycotoxigenic species.

Jin-rong Xu

Professor in Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University. Director of Purdue-NWAFU (Shaanxi, China) Joint Research Center. 25 years of experience with classic, molecular, and genomic studies of F. graminearum and F. verticillioides, particularly with the signal transduction pathways that regulate pathogenesis and development.

Contact Us

John F. Leslie
University Distinguished Professor


Ph: +1-785-532-1363
Fx: +1-785-532-5692


Future Workshops

  • 2022 - Bari, Italy
  • 2024 - Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA