A. Dan Wilson

Research Plant Pathologist
P.O. Box 227
Stoneville, MS 38776-0227
Phone: 662-686-3180
Fax: 662-686-3195
dwilson02@fs.fed.us

Current Research

My current research program involves the development of new information and methodologies for the early detection and control of microbes causing lumber defects, tree failures, and economic losses in southern bottomland hardwoods within forest stands and urban areas. My specific pathology research emphasis is focused on developing novel technologies and control measures for the early detection and management of wood decay fungi, stain fungi, and wetwood bacteria, as well as other microbes that cause lumber cull and tree mortality, to minimize economic losses to the hardwood timber industry and to people and property in forested urban environments. Recently, I have initiated new research to investigate a new disease of southern and eastern cave-dwelling bat species, called White-nose Syndrome (WNS), caused by an invasive exotic fungal pathogen. As a new member of the national WNS Forest Service research team, I also am involved in developing new electronic methods for the noninvasive early detection of this disease prior to symptom development (within bat hibernacula) to allow WNS disease-control treatments to be applied early in order to mitigate the many significant negative impacts of this disease [high bat mortality, cascade of ecological effects, human health effects (caused by the appearance of newly recorded U.S. human diseases, such as new forms of Encephalitis, Zika virus and West Nile virus, associated with increased mosquito populations and disease transmission), and agro-economic losses caused by increased insect pests and related crop damage] throughout North American regions affected by this devastating bat disease.

Education

Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, 1988
Washington State University
M.S. in Plant Pathology, 1983
Texas A&M University
B.S. in Bioenvironmental Science, 1981
Texas A&M University

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