Kiersten A. Wise

Professional Profile

Extension Professor

Extension Specialist in Plant Pathology



State-wide educational and applied research programs in disease management of

  • corn
  • sorghum
  • 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. 

Additional Information


  • 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 Professor, 2019 to present
  • Extension Associate Professor, University of Kentucky, 2017 – 2019
  • 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. 

Recent Research Publications

(2018 to present; see Wise Lab pages for a more complete list)


  • Wise, K.A., Smith, D., Freije, A., Mueller, D.S., Kandel, Y., Allen, T., Bradley, C.A., Byamukama, E., Chilvers, M., Faske, T., Friskop, A., Hollier, C., Jackson-Ziems, T.A., Kelly, H., Kemerait, R., Price III, P., Robertson, A., Tenuta, A. 2019. Meta-analysis of yield response of foliar fungicide-treated hybrid corn in the United States and Ontario, Canada. PLoS ONE 14(6): e0217510.
  • Anderson, N.R., Mehl, K.M., Neves, D.L., Bradley, C.A., and Wise, K.A. 2019 First report of Curvularia leaf spot in corn, caused by Curvularia lunata, in Kentucky. Plant Dis.
  • Campbell, T.M., Ikley, J.T., Johnson, W.G., Wise, K.A. 2019. Impact of inoculum concentration on Goss’s wilt development in corn and alternative hosts. Plant Health Prog. 20:155-159.
  • Kandel, Y.R., Bradley, C.A., Chilvers, M.I., Mathew, F.M., Tenuta, A.U., Smith, D.L., Wise, K.A., and Mueller, D.S. 2019. Effect of seed treatment and foliar crop protection products on sudden death syndrome and yield of soybean. Plant Dis.
  • Ghimire, K., Petrovic, K., Kontz, B., Bradley, C., Chilvers, M. I., Mueller, D. S., Smith, D. L., Wise, K., Mathew, F. M. 2019. Inoculation method impacts symptom development associated with Diaporthe aspalathi, D. caulivora, and D. longicolla on soybean (Glycine max). Plant Disease


  • Paul, P.A., C.A. Bradley, L.V. Madden, F. Dalla Lana, G.C. Bergstrom, R. Dill-Macky, K.A. Wise, P.D. Esker, M. McMullen, A. Grybauskas, W.W. Kirk, E. Milus, and K. Ruden. 2018. Effects of Pre- and postanthesis applications of demethylation inhibitor fungicides on Fusarium head blight and deoxynivalenol in spring and winter wheat. Plant Disease 102:2500-2510. doi: 10.1094/pdis-03-18-0466-re.
  • Paul, P.A., C.A. Bradley, L.V. Madden, F.D. Lana, G.C. Bergstrom, R. Dill-Macky, P.D. Esker, K.A. Wise, M. McMullen, A. Grybauskas, W.W. Kirk, E. Milus, and K. Ruden. 2018. Meta-analysis of the effects of Qol and DMI fungicide combinations on Fusarium head blight and deoxynivalenol in wheat. Plant Disease 102:2602-2615. doi: 10.1094/pdis-02-18-0211-re.
  • Pierson, W., Kandel, Y.R., Allen, T.W., Faske, T.R., Tenuta, A.U., Wise, K.A., and Mueller, D.S. 2018. Soybean yield response to in-furrow fungicides and fertilizers. Crop, Forage and Turfgrass Management. doi:10.2134/cftm2017.10.0073.
  • Kandel, Y.R., Mueller, D.S., Legleiter, T., Johnson, W.G., Young, B.G., and Wise, K.A. 2018. Impact of fluopyram fungicide and preemergence herbicides on soybean injury, population, sudden death syndrome and yield. Crop Protection 106:103-109.
  • Kandal, Y.R., McCarville, M., Adee, E.A., Bond, J.P., Chilvers, M.I., Conley, S.P., Giesler, L.J., Kelly, H.M., Malvick, D., Mathew, F.M., Rupe, J.C., Sweets, L., Tenuta, A., Wise, K.A., Mueller, D.S. 2018. Benefits and profitability of fluopyram amended seed treatments for suppression of sudden death syndrome and protecting soybean yield: A meta-analysis. Plant Dis.