Kiersten A. Wise
Phone (270) 365-7541
Fax (270) 365-2557

Plant Pathology
UK Research & Education Center
1205 Hopkinsville Street P.O. 469 Princeton KY 43445-0469

Professional Profile

Extension Associate Professor



  • Management of diseases of corn, sorghum, and forages



  • Development of economical and sustainable disease management practices for grain 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 grain crop production efficiency and simultaneously increase our awareness of how grain crop pathogens interact with their hosts. 


  • Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, 2008, North Dakota State University-Fargo
  • M.S. in Plant Pathology, 2004, University of Georgia
  • B.S. in Plant Health and Protection, minor in Horticulture, 2002, Iowa State University-Ames 

Employment Highlights

  • Extension Associate Professor, University of Kentucky, 2017 – present
  • Extension Professor, Purdue University, 2012 – 2017
  • Extension Assistant Professor, Purdue University, 2008 – 2012

Awards & Honors

2010 to present

  • Purdue University College of Agriculture Outstanding Extension Faculty Award, 2016.
  • Richard L. Kohl’s Outstanding Early Career Award for the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, 2014 and 2015.
  • Extension Education Community Education Materials Award, Agronomy Society of America, Crop Protection Network series, 2015.
  • NCERA-202 Soybean Rust Committee Certificate of Achievement, 2014.
  • North Central Division American Phytopathological Society Early Career Award, 2013.
  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Team Award—Purdue zipTrips, 2012.
  • International IPM Award of Excellence--Team award for soybean rust-pest information platform for Extension and education (PIPE), 2012.
  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Early Career Award, 2011.
  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Team Award—Managing Moldy Grain, 2010. 

Selected Publications

2014 to present

  • Romero Luna, M.P., Camberato, J.J., and Wise, K.A. 2017. Survival of Stenocarpella maydis on corn residue in Indiana. Plant Health Progress. doi:10.1094/PHP-RS-16-0063.
  • Romero Luna, M.P., Mueller, D.S., Mengistu, A., Singh, A.K., Hartman, G.L., and Wise, K.A. 2017. Advancing our understanding of charcoal rot in soybean. J. Int. Pest Manag.
  • Kandel, Y., Mueller, D.S., Hart, C.E., Bestor, N.R.C., Bradley, C.A., Ames, K.A., Giesler, L.J., and Wise, K.A. 2016. Analyses of yield and economic response from foliar fungicide and insecticide applications to soybean in the North Central United States. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-RS-16-0038.
  • Mueller, D.S., Wise, K.A., Sisson, A.J., Allen, T.W., Bergstrom, G.C., Bosley, B., Bradley, C.A., Byamukama, E., Chilvers, M.I., Collins, A., Faske, T., Friskop, A.J., Hollier, C.A., Isakeit, T., Jackson-Ziems, T. A., Jardine, D.J., Kinzer, K., Koenning, S.R., Malvick, D.K., Meyer, R.F., McMullen, M., Mostrom, M.S., Paul, P. Robertson, A.E., Roth, G.W., Smith, D.L., Tande, C.A., Tenuta, A., Vincelli, P. 2016. Corn disease loss estimates from the United States and Ontario, Canada from 2012 to 2015. Plant Health Progress. doi:10.1094/PHP-RS-16-0030.
  • Anderson, N.R., and Wise, K.A. 2016. Improved method for corn silk channel injection inoculations. Plant Health Progress. doi:10.1094/PHP-RS-16-0031.
  • Wise, K.A., Faghihi, J., and Ferris, V. 2016. Impact of soybean cultivar resistance on soybean cyst nematode and sudden death syndrome. Crop, Forage and Turfgrass Management. doi:10.2134/cftm2016.0009.
  • Keough, S., Han, Jinlong, Shuman, T., Wise, K., and Nachappa, P. 2016. Quantitative analysis of Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus in thrips vector, Neohydatothrips variabilis and the effect on vector life history and host preference. Journal of Economic Entomology. DOI:
  • Romero, M.P.L, Bradley, C., Young-Kelly, H. and Wise, K.A. 2016. Occurrence of Stenocarpella macrospora on corn in the United States. Plant Health Progress. doi:10.1094/PHP-RS-16-0023.
  • Parker, N., Anderson, N., Richmond, D., Long, E., Wise, K., Krupke, C. 2016. Larval western bean cutworm feeding damage encourages the development of Gibberella ear rot on field corn. Pest Management Science. doi: 10.1002/ps.4313.
  • Kandal, Y. Wise, K.A., Bradley, C.A., Tenuta, A.U., and Mueller, D.S. 2016. Effect of planting date, seed treatment, and cultivar on plant population, sudden death syndrome, and yield of soybean. Plant Disease 100:1735-1743.
  • Kandel, Y.R., Wise, K.A., Bradley, C.A., Chilvers, M.I., Tenuta, A.U., and Mueller, D.S. 2016. Fungicide and cultivar effects on sudden death syndrome and yield of soybean. Plant Disease 100:1339-1350.
  • Ruhl, G., Romberg, M.K., Bissonnette, S., Plewa, D., Creswell, T., and Wise, K.A. 2016. First Report of Tar Spot on Corn caused by Phyllachora maydis in the United States. Plant Disease 100:1496.
  • Sexton, Z., Hughes, T.J.,and Wise, K.A. 2016. Analyzing isolate variability of Macrophomina phaseolina from a regional perspective. Crop Protection 81:9-13.
  • Romero, M.P. and Wise, K.A. 2015. Timing and efficacy of fungicide applications for Diplodia ear rot management in corn. Plant Health Progress. doi:10.1094/PHP-RS-15-0010.
  • Freije, A.J., and Wise, K.A. 2015. Impact of Fusarium graminearum inoculum availability and fungicide application timing on Fusarium head blight in wheat. Crop Protection. doi:10.1016/j.cropro.2015.07.016.
  • Ikley, J.T., Wise, K.A., and Johnson, W.G. 2015. Annual ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum), johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense), and large crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis) are alternative hosts for Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. nebraskensis, causal agent of Goss’s wilt of corn. Weed Sci. doi: 10.1614/WS-D-15-00028.1
  • Romero, M.P., and Wise, K.A. 2015. Development of molecular assays for diagnosis of Stenocarpella maydis and Stenocarpella macrospora in corn. Plant Dis.
  • Sikora, E., Allen, T., Wise, K.A, Bergstrom, G. Bradley, C., Bond, J. Brown-Rytlewski, D., Chilvers, M., Damicone, J., DeWolf, E., Dorrance, A., Dufault, N., Esker, P., Faske, T., Giesler, L., Grau, C., Goldberg, N., Golod, J., Grybauskas, A., Franc, G., Hammerschmidt, R., Hartman, G.L., Henn, A., Hershman, D., Hollier, C., Isakeit, T., Isard, S., Jacobson, B., Jardine, D., Kemerait, B., Koenning, S., Langham, M., Malvick, D., Markell, S., Marois, J.J., Monfort, S., Mueller, D., Mueller, J., Mulrooney, R., Newman, M., Osborne, L., Padgett, G.B., Ruden, B.E., Rupe, J., Schneider, R., Schwartz, H., Shaner, G., Singh, S., Stromberg, E., Sweets, L., Tenuta, A., Vaiciunas, S., Yang, X.B., Young-Kelly, H., Zidek, J. 2014. A coordinated effort to manage soybean rust in North America: a success story in soybean disease monitoring. Plant Disease Feature Article 98:864-875.