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David A Schisler (Dave)

Research Plant Pathologist

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Dr. David A. Schisler

Phone: 309-681-6284

FAX: 309-681-6693

1815 N. University St.

Peoria, IL 61604



1980    The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA, B.S., Biology

1983    Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, M.S., Botany and Plant Pathology

1987    Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, Ph.D., Botany and Plant Pathology


1987 - 1989 Experimental Scientist (1988-1989) and Visiting Scientist (Fulbright Travel Award, 1987-1988), CSIRO Division of Soils, Adelaide, Australia

1989 - Present Lead Scientist (2002 - Present) and Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Crop Bioprotection Research, Peoria, IL

General Research Information:

Since the first development of methods for producing a microorganism in pure culture more than 100 years ago, the importance of fermentation science in advancing our understanding of microbiology and related fields has become increasingly apparent. The overall goal of my research is to develop technologies for effectively producing biomass of microorganisms in axenic or gnotobiotic culture in order to increase plant disease management success. More specifically, I conduct research on biologically controlling plant pathogens of agronomic importance and on understanding microbial interactions, liquid culture production environments and formulations as they impact the efficacy of biocontrol agents. Recent collaborative research has concentrated on culturing nutritionally fastidious plant pathogens and employing functional genomic techniques to address these research topics.

Professional Society Affiliations:

            American Phytopathological Society

            Potato Association of America