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Damon Smith
Assistant Professor

495 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

  • Twitter:  @damon_lee_smith

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Ph.D., 2007, North Carolina State University – Plant Pathology

M.S., 2004, North Carolina State University – Plant Pathology

B.S., 2001, State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo - Biology

My research interests focus on the biology, epidemiology, and management of field crop diseases. The information generated from my research directly services my extension program. This information is used to develop an integrated approach to managing diseases of field commodities using improved host resistance, cultural management, and chemical control techniques.  My research also focuses on developing and improving disease forecasting systems that can be used to accurately advise fungicide applications. Reducing or eliminating fungicide applications through the use of integrated disease management is profitable for the grower, and is a positive step toward sustainability in 21st century agriculture.

My extension efforts focus on generating, evaluating, and disseminating solutions to many of the disease problems associated with field crops such as soybeans, corn, wheat and alfalfa. Information and potential solutions to disease problems are evaluated using applied research. Field studies include station and on-farm research to test epidemiological models, conduct pesticide evaluations, and improve the practical and biological understanding of various plant pathogens. I work closely with county extension agents, crop advisors, agribusinesses, and commodity groups to improve the management of the major diseases affecting field crops. I am responsible for developing disease management fact sheets, outreach courses, and electronic education resources.  To learn more about Field Crops Pathology in Wisconsin, click on the link below.

http://fyi.uwex.edu/fieldcroppathology/

None at this time.

Peer-reviewed scientific publications

  1. Groves C., German T., Dasgupta R., Mueller D., Smith D.L. 2016. Seed Transmission of Soybean vein necrosis virus: The First Tospovirus Implicated in Seed Transmission. PLoS ONE 11(1): e0147342. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0147342.
  2. Marburger, D.A., Smith, D.L., and Conley, S.P. 2016. Revisiting planting date and cultivar effects on soybean sudden death syndrome. Plant Dis. Accepted.
  3. Willbur, J. F., Ding, S., Marks, M. E., Lucas, H., Grau, C., Groves, C., Kabbage, M., Smith, D. L. 2016. Development of a representative panel of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum isolates for use as a tool in soybean resistance evaluations. Plant Dis. submitted.
  4. Stafne, E.T., Carroll, B., and Smith, D. 2015. Black rot control and bud cold hardiness of ‘Noiret’ winegrape. J. Applied Hort. 17:106-108.
  5. Piotrowski, J., Okada, H., Lu, F., Li, S., Ranjan, A., Smith, D., Higbee, A., Ulbrich, A. Coon, J., Deshpande, R., Bukhman, Y., McIIwain, S., Ong, I., Myers, C. Boone, C., Landick, R., Ralph, J., Kabbage, M., Ohaya, Y. 2015. The plant derived, antifungal agent poacic acid targets β-1,3-glucan. PNAS www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1410400112.
  6. Kandel Y. R., Bradley, C. A., Wise, K. A., Chilvers, M. I., Tenuta, A. U., Davis, V. M., Esker, P. D., Smith D. L., Licht M. A. and Mueller, D. S.  2015.  Effect of glyphosate application on sudden death syndrome of glyphosate-resistant soybean under different field conditions. Plant Dis. 99:347-354.
  7. Marburger, D., Conley, S.P., Esker, P., MacGuidwin, A., and Smith, D.L.  2014. Relationship between Fusarium virguliforme and Heterodera glycines in commercial soybean (Glycine max) Fields in Wisconsin.  Plant Health Progress doi: 10.1094/PHP-RS-13-0107.
  8. Rioux, R.A., Shultz, J., Garcia, M., Willis, D.K., Casler, M., Bonos, S., Smith, D.L., Kerns, J.P. 2014. Sclerotinia homoeocarpa overwinters in turfgrass and is present in commercial seed. PLOS ONE 9(10):e110897.
  9. Smith, D.L. and Walker, N.R.  2013.  Fungicide management of brown patch of tall turf-type fescue in the residential landscape in Oklahoma.  Online. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-2013-1022-01-RS.
  10. Smith, D.L. Fritz, C. Watson, Q. Willis, D.K. German, T.L. Phibbs, A., Mueller, D., Dittman, D., Saalau-Rojas, E., Whitham, S.A.  2013.  First Report of Soybean Vein Necrosis Disease Caused by Soybean vein necrosis-associated virus in Wisconsin and Iowa. Plant Dis.97:693.
  11. Abd-Elmagid, A., Garrido, P.A., Hunger, R., Lyles, J.L., Mansfield, M.A., Gugino, B.K., Smith, D.L., Melouk, H.A., Garzon, C.D.  2013. Discriminatory simplex and multiplex PCR for four species of the genus Sclerotinia. Journal of Microbiological Methods doi: 10.1016/j.mimet.2012.12.020.
  12. Kennelly, M., O'Mara, J., Rivard, C., Miller, G.L., and Smith, D.L. 2012. Introduction to abiotic disorders in plants. The Plant Health Instructor. DOI: 10.1094/PHI-I-2012-10-29-01.
  13. Payne, A.F. and Smith, D.L.  2012. Development and evaluation of two pecan scab prediction models.  Plant Dis. 96:117-123.
  14. Damicone, J.D., Holbrook, C.C., Smith, D.L., Melouk, H.A., and Chenault, K.D.  2010.  Reaction of the core collection of peanut germplasm to Sclerotinia blight and pepper spot.  Peanut Sci. 37:1-11.
  15. Smith, D.L., Dominiak-Olson, J., Sharber, C.D.  2009.  First Report of Pierce’s disease of grape caused by Xylella fastidiosa in Oklahoma.  Plant Dis. 93:762.
  16. Walker, N.R., Marek, S.M., and Smith, D.L.  2009.  Fungal biodiversity in bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon x Transvaalensis) inoculated with Ophiosphaerella herpotricha or Gaeumannomyces graminis var. graminis. Internat. J. Turfgrass Res. 11:283-292.
  17. Smith, D.L., Garrison, M.C., Hollowell, J.E., Isleib, T.G., and Shew, B.B.  2008.  Evaluation of application timing and efficacy of the fungicides fluazinam and boscalid for control of Sclerotinia blight of peanut.  Crop Prot. 27:823-833.
  18. Smith, D.L., Hollowell, J.E., Isleib, T.G., and Shew, B.B. 2007.  A Site-specific, Weather-based Disease Regression Model for Sclerotinia blight of Peanut.   Plant Dis. 91:1436-1444.
  19. Smith, D.L., Hollowell, J.E., Isleib, T.G., and Shew, B.B. 2006. Analysis of factors that influence the epidemiology of Sclerotinia minor on peanut.  Plant Dis.  90:1425-1432.
  20. Isleib, T.G., Rice, P.W., Mozingo, R.W., Copeland, S.C., Graeber, J.B., Shew, B.B., Smith, D.L., Melouk, H., and Stalker, H.T. 2006. Registration of N96076L peanut germplasm.  Crop Sci. 46:2329-2330.

Peer-reviewed technical publications

  1. Smith, D.L., Chapman, S., and Jensen, B. 2015. Evaluation of fungicide seed treatments for control of Aphanomyces root rot of alfalfa in Wisconsin, 2014. PDMR 9:ST002.
  2. Smith, D.L., Chapman, S., and Jensen, B. 2015. Evaluation of fungicides for control of foliar diseases of alfalfa in Wisconsin, 2014. PDMR CF025.
  3. Smith, D.L., Chapman, S., and Jensen, B. 2015. Evaluation of fungicides for control of diseases of dent corn in Wisconsin, 2014. PDMR FC027.
  4. Smith, D.L., and Chapman, S. 2015. Evaluation of fungicides for control of brown spot of soybean in Wisconsin, 2014. PDMR 9FC023.
  5. Smith, D.L., Chapman, S., and Conley, S.P. 2015. Evaluation of ‘curative’ fungicide treatments for control of Sclerotinia stem rot of soybean in Wisconsin, 2014. PDMR 9FC028.
  6. Smith, D.L., Chapman, S., and Jensen, B. 2015. Evaluation of foliar fungicides for control of foliar diseases of sweet corn in Wisconsin, 2014. PDMR 9:V005
  7. Smith, D.L., Chapman, S., and Conley, S.P. 2015. Evaluation of foliar fungicides for control of diseases of wheat in Wisconsin, 2014. PDMR CF024.
  8. Smith, D.L. and Jensen, B.  2014.  Evaluation of fungicides for control of brown spot of soybean in Wisconsin, 2013.  PDMR 8:FC179.
  9. Smith, D.L., Jensen, B., and Conley, S.P.  2014.  Evaluation of fungicides for control of Sclerotinia stem rot of soybean in Wisconsin, 2013.  PDMR 8:FC184.
  10. Smith, D.L. and Jensen, B.  2014.  Evaluation of fungicides for control of foliar diseases of dent corn in Wisconsin, 2013.  PDMR 8:FC169.
  11. Smith, D.L. and Jensen, B.  2014.  Evaluation of fungicides for control of leaf diseases of sweet corn in Wisconsin, 2013.  PDMR 8:V228.
  12. Smith, D.L. and Jensen, B.  2014.  Evaluation of fungicides for control of foliar diseases of alfalfa in Wisconsin, 2013.  PDMR 8:CF030.
  13. Smith, D.L. and Conley, S.P.  2014.  Evaluation of fungicides for control of diseases of wheat in Wisconsin, 2013.  PDMR 8:CF031.
  14. Smith, D.L. Lyles, J.L., and Payne, A.F.  2012.  Evaluation of reduced-risk and organic fungicide programs for control of black rot of grape in Oklahoma, 2011.  PDMR 6:SMF012.
  15. Smith, D.L. and Walker, N.R.  2012. Evaluation of fungicide, application timing, and foliage wetness on control of brown patch of tall fescue in Oklahoma, 2011.  PDMR 6:T003.
  16. Smith, D.L. and Walker, N.R.  2012.  Evaluation of fungicides for the management of dollar spot of creeping bentgrass in Oklahoma, 2011.  PDMR 6:T004.
  17. Walker, N.R. and Smith, D.L.  2012.  Evaluation of multiguard protect EC for suppression of nematodes in putting greens in Oklahoma, 2011.  PDMR 6:T017.
  18. Walker, N.R. and Smith, D.L.  2012.  Evaluation of macrocyclic lactones for suppression of nematodes infesting putting greens in Oklahoma, 2011.  PDMR 6:T018.
  19. Smith, D.L. Payne, A.F., and Moore, J.W.  2011. Evaluation of conventional fungicide programs and new fungicide formulations for control of pecan scab in Oklahoma, 2010.  PDMR 5:STF007.
  20. Smith, D.L. and Walker, N.R. 2011. Evaluation of fungicides for the control of large patch of Zoysiagrass in Oklahoma, 2009-2010.  PDMR 5:TO26.
  21. Smith, D.L. and Walker, N.R. 2011. Evaluation of consumer and commercial fungicides for control of brown patch of tall fescue in Oklahoma, 2010.  PDMR 5:TO27.
  22. Smith, D.L. and Walker, N.R. 2011. Evaluation of fungicide programs for management of dollar spot and brown patch of creeping bentgrass, 2010.  PDMR 5:TO28.
  23. Walker, N.R., Marek, S.M., Wu, Y., Mitchell, T.K., and Smith, D.L. 2010.  Infection and colonization of bermudagrass by Ophiosphaerella herpotricha, a causal agent of spring dead spot.  USGA-TERO http://usgatero.msu.edu/v09/n23.pdf
  24. Smith, D.L.  2010. Evaluation of organic and conventional fungicide programs for the control of black rot of grape in Oklahoma, 2009.  PDMR 4:SMF005.
  25. Smith, D.L. Payne, A.F., and Moore, J.W.  2010. Evaluation of conventional fungicide programs for the control of pecan scab in Oklahoma, 2009.  PDMR 4:STF010.
  26. Smith, D.L. and Walker, N.R. 2010. Evaluation of fungicide for control of large patch of Zoysiagrass in Oklahoma, 2009.  PDMR 4:TO32.
  27. Smith, D.L. and Walker, N.R. 2010. Evaluation of fungicide for control of brown patch of tall fescue in Oklahoma, 2009.  PDMR 4:TO33.
  28. Smith, D.L. and Walker, N.R. 2010. Evaluation of fungicide programs for management of dollar spot and brown patch of creeping bentgrass, 2009.  PDMR 4:TO34.
  29. Smith, D.L. and Walker, N.R.  2009.  Evaluation of fungicide programs for management of dollar spot and brown patch of creeping bentgrass, 2008.  PDMR 3:TO25.
  30. Smith, D.L. and Walker, N.R.  2009.  Effects of DMI fungicides and Primo MAXX on ‘U-3’, ‘Riviera’, and ‘Tifway 419’ bermudagrass, 2008.  PDMR 3:TO24.
  31. Smith, D.L. and Walker, N.R.  2009.  Evaluation of fungicides for brown patch control in tall fescue/Kentucky bluegrass residential lawns, 2008.  PDMR 3:TO26.
  32. Smith, D.L. 2009. Evaluation of fungicides for control of black rot of grape in Oklahoma, 2008.  PDMR 3:SMF024.
  33. Shew, B.B., Hollowell, J.E., and Smith, D.L. 2008. Evaluation of foliar fungicides for the control of peanut diseases in North Carolina, 2007.  PDMR 2:FC077.
  34. Shew, B.B., Hollowell, J.E., and Smith, D.L. 2008. Evaluation of LEM-17 for the control of peanut diseases in North Carolina, 2007.  PDMR 2:FC076.
  35. Shew, B.B., Hollowell, J.E., and Smith, D.L. 2008. Evaluation of Topguard, V-10116, and Headline for the control of peanut diseases in North Carolina, 2007.  PDMR 2:FC075.
  36. Smith, D.L., Hollowell, J.E., Shew, B.B., and Cochran, A. 2007. Application time and sequence of fungicide treatments for controlling Sclerotinia blight of peanut, 2006.  PDMR 1:FC066.
  37. Smith, D.L., Hollowell, J.E., Shew, B.B., and Cochran, A. 2006. Application time and sequence of fungicide treatments for controlling Sclerotinia blight of peanut, 2005.  F&N Tests 61:FC018.
  38. Shew, B.B., Hollowell, J.E., and Smith, D.L. 2006. Evaluation of foliar fungicides for the control of peanut disease in North Carolina, 2005.  F&N Tests 61:FC011.
  39. Smith, D.L., Hollowell, J.E., Shew, B.B., and Cochran, A. 2005. Evaluation of alternating fungicide treatments for controlling Sclerotinia blight of peanut, 2004.  F&N Tests 60: FC096.
  40. Shew, B.B., Hollowell, J.E., Smith, D.L. 2005. Evaluation of foliar fungicides for the control of peanut diseases in North Carolina, 2004.  F&N Tests 60: FC107.
  41. Smith, D.L.,Shew, B.B., and Hollowell, J.E. 2004. Evaluation of two fungicides for control of Sclerotinia blight of peanut, 2003.  F&N Tests 59: FC031.