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Department of Plant Pathology

Dr. John Leslie

Dr. John Leslie

University Distinguished Professor

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Kansas State University
4002 Throckmorton PSC
1712 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66506

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


  • Ph.D. Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1979
  • M.S. Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1977
  • B.A. Biology, University of Dallas, 1975


  • 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.


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

Staff & Students

  • Amy Beyer, Research Assistant
  • Bruce Ramundo, Associate Scientist


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