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Kiersten Alane Wise

Botany and Plant Pathology 

  • Adjunct Professor

The overall goal of my research program is to develop economical and sustainable disease management practices for agronomic field crops. This is achieved by studying the effects of management techniques on the biology of plant diseases. Through this research we can select management practices that will improve crop production efficiency and simultaneously increase our awareness of how diseases interact with their hosts.

Awards & Honors

(2016) Purdue University College of Agriculture Outstanding Extension Faculty Award. Purdue University.

(2015) American Society of Agronomy Outstanding Extension Education Materials Award for Publications.

(2015) Richard L. Kohl's Outstanding Early Career Award for the Deparrment of Botany and Plant Pathology. Purdue University.

Selected Publications

Freije, A., Wise, K. A., & Nielsen, R. L. (2016). Diseases of Corn: Stalk Rots. (BP-89-W).

Wise, K. A., Freije, A., & Ruhl, G. (2016). Diseases of Wheat: Wheat Viruses. (BP-146-W). Retrieved from

Freije, A., Ikley, J. T., Wise, K. A., & Johnson, W. G. (2015). Diseases of Corn: Goss’s Wilt on Grass Hosts. (BP-88-W). Retrieved from

Wise, K. A., Woloshuk, C. P., & Freije, A. (2015). Diseases of Wheat: Fusarium Head Blight (Head Scab) (BP-33-W).

Wise, K. A., & Freije, A. (2015). Diseases of Wheat: Stagonospora Glume Blotch. (BP-144-W). Retrieved from

Giesler, L., Bradley, C., Chilvers, M., Freije, A., Johnson, W. G., Legleiter, T., . . . Young-Kelly, H. (2015). Scouting for Soybean Seedling Disease and Disorders. (CPN 1009).

Freije, A., & Wise, K. A. (2015). Impact of Fusarium graminearum inoculum availability and fungicide application timing on Fusarium head blight in wheat. Crop Protection, 77, 139-147. doi:

Dobbins, C. L., Langemeier, M. R., Nielsen, R. L., Vyn, T. J., Casteel, S. N., Johnson, W. G., & Wise, K. A. (2017). 2017 Purdue Crop Cost & Return Guide. Purdue Extension, (ID-166-W), 3. Retrieved from

Sexton, Z. F., Hughes, T. J., & Wise, K. A. (2016). Analyzing isolate variability of Macrophomina phaseolina from a regional perspective. Crop Protection, 81, 9-13. Retrieved from

Bledsoe, L., Buckmaster, D., Camberato, J. J., Creswell, T. C., Krupke, C. H., Johnson, W. G., . . . Wise, K. A. (2015). Forage Field Guide Third Edition. (ID-317), 314.

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