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Mark A Jackson

Research Microbiologist

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Dr. Mark A Jackson

Research Microbiologist

Ph: 309-681-6283




Ph.D., Microbiology, 1987, University of Arkansas

M.A., Microbiology, 1984, University of Arkansas

A.B., Biological Sciences, 1976, University of Missouri


Many fungi are natural enemies of agricultural pests including insects, weeds, and plant diseases and show promise for use as safe, non-chemical methods for pest control. My research is focused on developing cost-effective, commercially-viable production and formulation processes for fungal biopesticides using liquid culture fermentation. By optimizing the nutritional and environmental conditions during growth, we have developed methods for producing high concentrations of stable, effective fungal biopesticides. We continue to evaluate the use of this production and formulation platform for other fungal biopesticides.