Mark Jackson, PhD.
Research Microbiologist, Retired 2018
PhD, Microbiology, 1987, University of Arkansas
MA, Microbiology, 1984, University of Arkansas
AB, Biological Sciences, 1976, University of Missouri
Research while at the USDA
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 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.