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Michael R Fulcher (PhD)
Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research
Research Plant Pathologist

Phone: (301) 619-2343
Fax: (301) 619-2880

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Projects
Discovery and Development of Microbial-Based Biological Control Agents for Use Against Invasive Weeds in the United States
In-House Appropriated (D)
  Accession Number: 439284
Risk Analysis of Invasive Weeds as Pathways for the Spread of Foreign Plant Pathogens
Interagency Reimbursable Agreement (I)
  Accession Number: 444523

Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
Challenges and emerging opportunities of weed management in organic agriculture Reprint Icon - (Book / Chapter)
Dhakal, M., Zinati, G., Fulcher, M.R., Fornara, D., Martani, E., Contina, J., Hinson, P., Afshar, R., Ghimire, R. 2024. Challenges and emerging opportunities of weed management in organic agriculture. Advances in Agronomy. 184:125-172. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.agron.2023.11.002.
Genomic features of the host-specific fungal biocontrol agent Ramularia crupinae approved for the management of the federally noxious weed Crupina vulgaris. Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Tancos, M.A., Fulcher, M.R. 2023. Genomic features of the host-specific fungal biocontrol agent Ramularia crupinae approved for the management of the federally noxious weed Crupina vulgaris. PhytoFrontiers. https://doi.org/10.1094/PHYTOFR-10-23-0138-SC.
First report of Colletotrichum shisoi causing anthracnose of Perilla frutescens in the United States Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Fulcher, M.R., Owen Smith, P.C. 2023. First report of Colletotrichum shisoi causing anthracnose of Perilla frutescens in the United States. Plant Disease. https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-09-22-2121-PDN.
Temporal variability in nutrient use among Streptomyces suggests dynamic niche partitioning Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lane, B.R., Anderson, H.M., Dicko, A.H., Fulcher, M.R., Kinkel, L.L. 2023. Temporal variability in nutrient use among Streptomyces suggests dynamic niche partitioning. Environmental Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.16498.
Cryptic functional diversity within a grass mycobiome Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ndinga Muniania, C., Wornson, N., Fulcher, M.R., Borer, E.T., Seabloom, E.W., Kinkel, L., May, G. 2023. Cryptic functional diversity within a grass mycobiome. PLOS ONE. 18(7): e0287990. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0287990.
Agricultural Research Service weed science research: past, present, and future Reprint Icon - (Review Article)
Young, S.L., Anderson, J.V., Baerson, S.R., Bajsa Hirschel, J.N., Blumenthal, D.M., Boyd, C.S., Boyette, C.D., Brennan, E.B., Cantrell, C.L., Chao, W.S., Chee Sanford, J.C., Clements, D.D., Dray Jr, F.A., Duke, S.O., Porter, K.M., Fletcher, R.S., Fulcher, M.R., Gaskin, J., Grewell, B.J., Hamerlynck, E.P., Hoagland, R.E., Horvath, D.P., Law, E.P., Madsen, J., Martin, D.E., Mattox, C.M., Mirsky, S.B., Molin, W.T., Moran, P.J., Mueller, R.C., Nandula, V.K., Newingham, B.A., Pan, Z., Porensky, L.M., Pratt, P.D., Price, A.J., Rector, B.G., Reddy, K.N., Sheley, R.L., Smith, L., Smith, M., Snyder, K.A., Tancos, M.A., West, N.M., Wheeler, G.S., Williams, M., Wolf, J.E., Wonkka, C.L., Wright, A.A., Xi, J., Ziska, L.H. 2023. Agricultural Research Service weed science research: past, present, and future. Weed Science. 71(4):312-327. https://doi.org/10.1017/wsc.2023.31.
Enhancing invasive weed biocontrol research through microbial community and genome sequencing Reprint Icon - (Abstract Only)
Fulcher, M.R. 2023. Enhancing invasive weed biocontrol research through microbial community and genome sequencing. Meeting Abstract. 113(11S):S3.134. https://doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-113-11-S3.1.
Corynespora cassiicola isolates recovered from Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) are capable of causing target spot on tomato and cotton Reprint Icon - (Abstract Only)
Fulcher, M.R. 2023. Corynespora cassiicola isolates recovered from Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) are capable of causing target spot on tomato and cotton. Phytopathology. 113(11S)S3.137. https://doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-113-11-S3.1.
Microbial genome and community sequencing identifies new potential agents and targets for invasive weed biological control - (Abstract Only)
Weed biocontrol at the USDA-ARS, Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit - (Abstract Only)
Fulcher, M.R., Tancos, M.A. 2023. Weed biocontrol at the USDA-ARS, Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit. International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds. Proceedings of the XVI International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds. Page 154.
A fungal pathogen (Colletotrichum shisoi) reduces biomass, flowering, and competitive ability of invasive beefsteak plant (Perilla frutescens) - (Abstract Only)
Climate and pest interactions pose a cross-landscape management challenge to soil and water conservation Reprint Icon - (Review Article)
Young, S.L., Campbell, J.W., Fulcher, M.R., Grewell, B.J. 2023. Climate and pest interactions pose a cross-landscape management challenge to soil and water conservation. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 78(2):39A-44A. https://doi.org/10.2489/jswc.2023.1025A.
Impacts of crop management on nutrient use among soil Streptomyces Reprint Icon - (Abstract Only)
Lane, B.R., Gieske, M.F., Anderson, H.M., Fulcher, M.R., Kinkel, L.L. 2022. Impacts of crop management on nutrient use among soil Streptomyces. Symposium Proceedings. 112:11S, S3.130. https://doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-112-11-S3.1.
Microbes collected from invasive plants at the C&O Canal are potential weed management tools - (Abstract Only)
Colletotrichum shisoi identified as a potential biocontrol agent of the invasive plant Perilla frutescens Reprint Icon - (Abstract Only)
Fulcher, M.R., Owen Smith, P.C. 2022. Colletotrichum shisoi identified as a potential biocontrol agent of the invasive plant Perilla frutescens. American Phytopathological Society Potomac Division Meeting. 112:8S, S2.18. https://doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-112-8-S2.16.
Draft genome sequences of 14 fungal species from Alternaria section Infectoriae Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Fulcher, M.R., Bergstrom, G.C. 2022. Draft genome sequences of 14 fungal species from Alternaria section Infectoriae. Microbiology Resource Announcements. 12(1). https://doi.org/10.1128/mra.01084-22.
Fungal plant pathogens observed on perennial cereal crops in New York during 2017-2018 Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Fulcher, M.R., Law, E.P., Wayman, S., Ryan, M.R., Bergstrom, G.C. 2022. Fungal plant pathogens observed on perennial cereal crops in New York during 2017-2018. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 37:279-291. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1742170521000582.
First report of Erysiphe cruciferarum causing powdery mildew of Alliaria petiolata in Maryland Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Fulcher, M.R., Owen Smith, P.C. 2022. First report of Erysiphe cruciferarum causing powdery mildew of Alliaria petiolata in Maryland. Plant Disease. 106(5):1532. https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-09-21-2060-PDN.
Genome sequences from Alternaria species in section Alternariae - (Abstract Only)
Soil nutrient inputs shift endophytic phenotypes in a manner consistent with a significant role for species interactions in community assembly - (Abstract Only)
Insights from the past: trends in microbial-based weed biological control research Reprint Icon - (Abstract Only)