Recent Research Publications

 

 

 

General articles:

For general information written about our research by various science writers see: Magazine articles

 

Journal articles recently published:

Turchetti, B., L. Selbmann, R. A. Blanchette, S. Di Mauro, E. Marchegiani, L. Zucconi, B. E. Arenz and P. Buzzini. 2014. Cryptococcus vaughanmartiniae sp. nov. and Cryptococcus onofrii sp. nov.: two new species ioslated from worldwide cold environments. Extremophiles prepublication at DOI 10.1007/s00792-014-0692-3

Gaskell, J., A. Marty, M. Mozuch, P. J. Kersten, S. Splinter BonDurant, G. Sabat, A. Azarpira, J. Ralph, O. Skyba, S. D. Mansfield, R. A. Blanchette, and D. Cullen. 2014. Influence of Populus genotype on gene expression by the wood decay fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Applied and Environmental  Microbiology 80:5828-5835. Reprint

Riley, R., A. A. Salamov, D. W. Brown, L. G. Nagy,  D. Floudas, B. W. Held, A. Levasseur, V. Lombard, E. Morin, R. Otillar, E. A. Lindquist,  H. Sun, K. M. LaButti, J. Schmutz, D. Jabbour, H. Luo, S. E. Baker,  A. G. Pisabarro, J. D. Walton, R. A. Blanchette, B. Henrissat, F. Martin, D. Cullen, D. S. Hibbett, and I. V. Grigoriev. Extensive sampling of basidiomycete genomes demonstrates inadequacy of the white-rot/brown-rot paradigm for wood decay fungi. 2014. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111:9923-9928. Reprint

Arenz B. E., R. A. Blanchette and R. L. Farrell. 2014. Fungal Diversity in Antarctic Soils. Pages 35-53. In Antarctic Terrestrial Microbiology: Physical and Biological Properties of Antarctic Soils. D. Cowan (ed). Springer, Berlin.

Berry, T. D., T. R. Filley and R. A. Blanchette. 2014. Oxidative enzymatic responce of white-rot to single-walled carbon nanotubes. Environmental Pollution 193:197-204. Reprint

Oritz, R., M. Parraga, J. Navarrete, I. Carrasco, E. de la Vega, M. Ortiz, P. Herrera, J. A. Jurgens, B. W. Held and R. A. Blanchette. 2014. Investigations of Biodeterioration by Fungi in Historic Wooden Churches of Chiloe, Chile. Microbial Ecology. Reprint

Hujslová, Martina, Alena Kubátová, Martin Kostovčík, Robert A. Blanchette, Z. Wilhelm de Beer, Milada Chudíčková, and Miroslav Kolařík. 2014. Three new genera of fungi from extremely acidic soils. Mycological Progress Pre-publication On Line View at DOI 10.1007/s11557-014-0965-3

Espinoza, E. O., C. A. Lancaster, N. M. Kreitals, M. Hata,R. B. Cody and R. A. Blanchette. 2014. Distinguishing wild from cultivated agarwood (Aquilaria spp.) using direct analysis in real time and time of-flight mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 28:281-289. Reprint

Ortiz, R., H. Navarretea, J. Navarrete, M. Párragac, I. Carrasco,E. de la Vegac, M. Ortiz, P. Herrera, and R. A. Blanchette. 2014 Deterioration, decay and identification of fungi isolated from wooden structures at the Humberstone and Santa Laura saltpeter works: A world heritage site in Chile. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation 86:309-316. Reprint

Ortiz, R., J. Navarrete, C. Oviedo, M. Párraga, I. Carrasco, E. de la Vega, M. Ortiz, R. A. Blanchette. 2013. White rot Basidiomycetes isolated from Chiloé National Park in Los Lagos region, Chile. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 104:1193-1203. Reprint

Schilling, J. S., S. M. Duncan, G. N. Presley, T. R. Filey, J. A. Jurgens and R. A. Blanchette. 2013. Colocalizing incipient reactions in wood degraded by the brown rot fungus Postia placenta. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation 83: 56-62. Reprint

Perez, C. A., M. J. Wingfield, N. Altier and R. A. Blanchette. 2013. Species of Mycosphaerellaceae and Teratosphaeriaceae on native Myrtaceae in Uruguay: evidence of fungal host jumps. Fungal Biology 117:94-102. Reprint

Hellmann, L., W. Tegel, Ó. Eggertsson, F. H. Schweingruber, R. A. Blanchette, A. Kirdyanov, H. Gärtner, and U. Büntgen. 2013. Tracing the origin of Arctic driftwood, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 118: 68–76. Reprint

Floudas, Dimitrios, Manfred Binder, Robert Riley, Kerrie Barry, Robert A. Blanchette, Bernard Henrissat, Angel T. Martínez, Robert Otillar, Joseph W. Spatafora, Jagjit S. Yadav, Andrea Aerts, Isabelle Benoit, Alex Boyd, Alexis Carlson, Alex Copeland, Pedro M. Coutinho, Ronald P. de Vries, Patricia Ferreira, Keisha Findley, Brian Foster, Jill Gaskell, Dylan Glotzer, Paweł Górecki, Joseph Heitman, Cedar Hesse, Chiaki Hori, Kiyohiko Igarashi, Joel A. Jurgens, Nathan Kallen, Phil Kersten, Annegret Kohler, Ursula Kües, T. K. Arun Kumar, Alan Kuo, Kurt LaButti, Luis F. Larrondo, Erika Lindquist, Albee Ling, Vincent Lombard, Susan Lucas, Taina Lundell, Rachael Martin, David J. McLaughlin, Ingo Morgenstern, Emanuelle Morin, Claude Murat, Laszlo G. Nagy, Matt Nolan, Robin A. Ohm, Aleksandrina Patyshakuliyeva, Antonis Rokas, Francisco J. Ruiz-Dueñas, Grzegorz Sabat, Asaf Salamov, Masahiro Samejima, Jeremy Schmutz, Jason C. Slot, Franz St. John, Jan Stenlid, Hui Sun, Sheng Sun, Khajamohiddin Syed, Adrian Tsang, Ad Wiebenga, Darcy Young, Antonio Pisabarro, Daniel C. Eastwood, Francis Martin, Dan Cullen, Igor V. Grigoriev, and David S. Hibbett. The Paleozoic Origin of Enzymatic Lignin Decomposition Reconstructed from 31 Fungal Genomes. 2012. Science 336: 1715-1719. Reprint Supporting materials for the paper

Inch, S., R. Ploetz, B. Held and R. Blanchette. 2012. Histological and anatomical responses in avocado, Persea Americana, induced by the vascular wilt pathogen, Raffaelea lauricola. Botany 90:627-635.

Schilling, J.S., Ai, J., Blanchette, R.A., Duncan, S.M., Filley, T.R., and Tschirner, U.W. 2012. Lignocellulose modifications by brown rot fungi and their effects, as pretreatments, on cellulolysis. Bioresource Technology 116: 147-154. Reprint

Fernandez-Fueyo, E, F. J. Ruiz-Dueñas, P. Ferreira, D. Floudas, D. S. …B. W. Held,…R. A. Blanchette, P. Kersten, A T. Martinez, R. Vicuna, and D. Cullen. 2012. Comparative genomics of Ceriporiopsis subvermispora and Phanerochaete chrysosporium provide insight into selective ligninolysis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 109:5458-5463. Reprint Supporting material for the paper

Held, B. W., B. E. Arenz and R. A. Blanchette. 2011. Factors influencing deterioration of historic structures at Deception Island, Antarctica. In Polar Settlements - Location, Techniques and Conservation. Edited by S. Barr and P. Chaplin. ICOMOS Monuments and Sites. International Polar Heritage Committee, Oslo, Norway. pp 35-43.  ISBN 978-82-996891-3-7. Reprint

Arenz, B. E., B. W. Held, J. A. Jurgens and R. A. Blanchette. 2011. Fungal colonization of exotic substrates in Antarctica. Fungal Diversity 49:13-22. DOI:10.1007/s13225-010-0079-4

Farrell, R. L., B. E. Arenz, S. M. Duncan, B. W. Held, J. A. Jurgens and R. A. Blanchette. 2011. Introduced and indigenous fungi of the Ross Island historic huts and pristine areas of Antarctica. Polar Biology 34:1669-1677. DOI 10.1007/s00300-011-1060-8

Wymelenberg, A. V., J. Gaskell, M. Mozuch, S. BonDurant, G. Sabat, J. Ralph, O. Skyba, S. D. Mansfield, R. A. Blanchette, I. V. Grigoriev, P. J. Kersten and D. Cullan. 2011. Significant alteration of gene expression in wood decay fungi Postia placenta and Phanerochaete chrysosporium by plant species. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 77:4499-4507. Reprint

Arenz, B. E. and R. A. Blanchette. 2011. Distribution and abundance of soil fungi in Antarctica at sites on the Peninsula, Ross Sea Region and McMurdo Dry Valleys. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43:308-315. on line at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2010.10.016

Blanchette, R. A. 2010. Assessment of Wood deterioration in the furniture and coffin from Tumulus MM. In:The Furniture from Tumulus MM. By E. Simpson. The Gordion Wooden Objects. Volume 1. Brill, Leiden. Pages 171-176 and plates 139-149. ISBN 928-90-04165397.

Aytug, B., R. A. Blanchette and B. Held. 2010. Wood Species Identification. In: The Furniture from Tumulus MM. By E. Simpson. The Gordion Wooden Objects. Volume 1. Brill, Leiden. Pages 165-170. ISBN 9289004165397.

Blanchette, R. A., B. W. Held, B. E. Arenz, J. A. Jurgens, N. J. Baltes, S. M. Duncan and R. L. Farrell. 2010. An Antarctic hot spot for fungi at Shackleton's historic hut on Cape Royds. Microbial Ecology 60:29-38. Reprint

Hao, Y., Sen-yu Chen, R. A. Blanchette and Xing-Zhong Liu. 2010. Sistotrema brinkmannii, a psychrotolerant fungus from Antarctic soil. Mycosystema 29:864-868.

Duncan, S. M., R. L. Farrell, N. Jordan, J. A. Jurgens and R. A. Blanchette. 2010. Monitoring and identification of airborne fungi at hsitoric locations on Ross Island, Antarctica. Polar Science 4:275-283. Doi:10.1016/j.polar.2010.03.008

Blanchette, R. A. 2010. Microbial degradation of wood from Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments. In Cultural Heritage Microbiology: Fundamental Studies in Conservation Science. Edited by R. Mitchell and C. J. McNamara. American Society of Microbiology Press. pp 179-218.

Perez, C. A., M. J. Wingfield, N. A. Altier, S. Simeto and R. A. Blanchette. 2010. Puccinia psidii infecting cultivated Eucalyptus and native myrtaceae in Uruguay. Mycological Progress 10:273-280 (Reprint available from the journal at doi 10.1007/s11557-010-0698-x)

Moskal-del Hoyo, M., M. Wachowiak and R. A. Blanchette. 2010. Preservation of fungi in archaeological charcoal. Journal of Archaeological Science 37:2106-2116. Reprint

Vanden Wymelenberg, A. V., J. Gaskell, M. Mozuch, G. Sabat, J. Ralph, O. Skyba, S. D. Mansfield, R. A. Blanchette, D. Martinez, I. Grigoriev, P.J. Kersten and D. Cullen. 2010. Comparative Transcriptome and Secretome analysis of wood decay fungi Postia placenta and Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Applied Environmental Microbiology 76:3599-3610. Reprint

Hokanson, S.C., V.M. Whitaker, J.M. Bradeen, M.C. Long, S.K. Krebs, R.A. Blanchette, J. Juzwik, K. Zuzek, and S. McNamara. 2010. Woody landscape plant breeding in Minnesota (45N): it's not all about cold hardiness. Acta Horticulturae 885:145-151. Reprint

 

Other publications:

Stehberg, Ruben, M. Pearson, R. A. Blanchette and J. A. Jurgens. 2009. A further note on a sealer's sledge discovered on Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands. Polar Record 45:275. doi:10.1017/S0032247409008201

Jacobs, J. J., T. A. Burnes, A. J. David and R. A. Blanchette. 2009.  Histopathology of primary needles and mortality associated with white pine blister rust in resistant and susceptible Pinus strobus. Forest Pathology 39:361-376. Reprint

Perez, C. A., M. J. Wingfield, N. A. Altier and R. A. Blanchette. 2009. Mycosphaerellaceae and Teratosphaeriaceae associated with Eucalyptus leaf diseases and stem cankers in Uruguay. Forest Pathology 39: 349-360. Reprint

Richards, V., Godfrey, I., Blanchette, R., Held, B., Gregory, D. & Reed, E. (2009), In-Situ Monitoring and Stabilisation of the James Matthews Site in Proceedings of the 10th ICOM Group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Conference, Amsterdam, 10-15 September 2007, eds K. Straetkvern & D.J. Huisman, Rijksdienst voor Archeologie, Cultuurlandschap en Monumenten (RACM), Amersfoort, pp. 113-160. Reprint

Perez, C. A., M. J. Wingfield, B. Slippers, N. A. Altier and R. A. Blanchette. 2009. Neofusicoccum eucalyptorum, a Eucalyptus pathogen, on native Myrtaceae in Uruguay. Plant Pathology 58:964-970. Reprint available from the journal web site.

Jurgens, J. A., R. A. Blanchette and T. R. Filley. 2009. Fungal diversity and deterioration in mummified woods from the ad Astra Ice Cap region in the Canadian High Arctic. Polar Biology 32:751-758. Reprint

Arenz, B. E. and R. A. Blanchette. 2009. Investigations of fungal diversity in wooden structures and soils at historic sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 55:46-56. Reprint

Schreiner, K. M., T. R. Filley, R. A. Blanchette, B. B. Bowen, R. D. Bolskar, W. C. Hockaday, C. A. Masiello and J. W. Raebiger. 2009. White-rot basidiomycete mediated decomposition of C60 fullerol. Environmental Science and Technology 43:3162-3168. Reprint

Konkol, N. R., C. J. McNamara, R. A. Blanchette, E. May and R. Mitchell. 2008. Microbes can damage but also help restore artifacts. Microbe 3(12): 563-567. Reprint

Perez, C. A., N. Altier, S. Simeto, M. J. Wingfield, B. Slippers and R. A. Blanchette. 2008. Botryosphaeriaceae from Eucalyptus and Native Myrtaceae in Uruguay. Agrociencia 12:19-30. Reprint

Blanchette, R. A., B. W. Held and J. A. Jurgens. 2008. Northumberland House, Fort Conger and the Peary Huts in the Canadian High Arctic: current condition and assessment of wood deterioration taking place. In: Historical Polar Bases – Preservation and Management. Edited by S. Barr and P. Chaplin. ICOMOS Monuments and Sites No.XVII.  International Polar Heritage Committee, Oslo, Norway. pp.96.  ISBN 978-82-996891-2-0. Reprint.

Graves, A. D., E. H. Holsten, M. E. Ascerno, K. P. Zogas, J. S. Hard, D. P.W. Huber, R. A. Blanchette, S. J. Seybold. 2008. Protection of spruce from colonization by the bark beetle, Ips perturbatus, in Alaska. Forest Ecology and Management 256: 1825-1839. Reprint

Perez, C. A., Z. W. de Beer, N. A. Altier, M. J. Wingfield and R. A. Blanchette. 2008. Discovery of the eucalypt pathogen Quambalaria eucalypti infecting a non-Eucalyptus host in Uruguay. Australasian Plant Pathology 37: 600-604. Reprint available from the journal web site.

Arenz, B. A. and R. A. Blanchette. 2008. East Base, SOS: Assessment of deterioration and recommendations for conserving this important Antarctic site. In: Historical Polar Bases – Preservation and Management. Edited by S. Barr and P. Chaplin. ICOMOS Monuments and Sites No.XVII.  International Polar Heritage Committee, Oslo, Norway pp.96.  ISBN 978-82-996891-2-0. Copies can be obtained from the IPCH.

Duncan, S. M., R. Minasaki, R. L. Farrell, J.M. Thaites, B. W. Held, B. E. Arenz, J. A. Jurgens and R. A. Blanchette. 2008. Screening fungi isolated from historic Discovery Hut on Ross Island, Antarctica for cellulose degradation. Antarctic Science 20:463-470. Reprint

Farrell, R. L., S. Duncan, R. A. Blanchette, B. W. Held, J. A. Jurgens and B. E. Arenz. 2008. Scientific evaluation of deterioration of historic huts of Ross Island, Antarctica. In: Historical Polar Bases – Preservation and Management. Edited by S. Barr and P. Chaplin. ICOMOS Monuments and Sites No.XVII.  International Polar Heritage Committee, Oslo, Norway pp.96.  ISBN 978-82-996891-2-0. Copies can be obtained from the IPCH.

Schwingle, B. W. and R. A. Blanchette. 2008. Host range investigations of new, undescribed and common Phytophthora spp. isolated from ornamental nurseries in Minnesota. Plant Disease 92:642-647. Reprint

Burnes, T. A., R. A. Blanchette, J. A. Smith and J. J. Luby. 2008. Black currant clonal identity and white pine blister rust resistance. HortScience 43:200-202. Reprint

Schindelholz, E., R. A. Blanchette, D. Cook, M. Drews, S. Hand, B. W. Held, J. A. Jurgens and B. Seifert. 2007. An Evaluation of supercritical drying and PEG/Freeze drying of waterlogged archaeological wood. Report to the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, National Park Service. MT-2210-05-NC-10. 55 pages. Reprint

Schwingle, B. W., J. A. Smith and R. A. Blanchette. 2007. Phytophthora speices associated with diseased woody ornamentals in Minnesota nurseries. Plant Disease 91:97-102. Reprint

Arenz, B. E., B. W. Held, J. A. Jurgens, R. L. Farrell and R. A. Blanchette. 2006. Fungal diversity in soils and historic wood from the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica.Soil Biology and Biochemistry 38:3057-3064. Reprint

Wymelenberg, A.V., G. Sabat, M. Mozuch, P. J. Kersten, D. Cullen and R. A. Blanchette. 2006. Structure, Organization, and Transcriptional Regulation of a Family of Copper Radical Oxidase Genes in the Lignin-Degrading Basidiomycete Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Applied Environmental Microbiology 72:4871-4877. (Reprint)

Duncan, S., R. L. Farrell, J. M. Thwaites, B. W. Held, B. E. Arenz, J. A. Jurgens and R. A. Blanchette. 2006. Endoglucanase-producing fungi isolated from Cape Evans historic expedition hut on Ross Island, Antarctica. Environmental Microbiology 8:1212-1219. (Reprint)

Smith, J.A., R. A. Blanchette, J. J. Jacobs, L. Higgins, B. A. Witthun, J. H. Gillman and A. J. David. 2006. Proteomic comparison of needles from blister rust-resistant and susceptible Pinus strobus seedlings reveals up-regulation of putative disease resistance proteins. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 19: 150-160. (Reprint)

Smith, J.A., R. A. Blanchette, T. A. Burnes, J. H. Gillman, and A. J. David. 2006. Epicuticular wax and white pine blister rust resistance in resistant and susceptible selections of eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) Phytopathology 96: 171-177. (Reprint)

Schwingle, B. W., J. A. Smith, R. A. Blanchette, S. Gould, and B. L. Blanchette, J. Pokorny and S. D. Cohen. 2006. First Report of Dieback and Leaf Lesions on Rhododendron sp. Caused by Phytophthora hedraiandra in the United States. Plant Disease 90:109. Published on-line as DOI: 10.1094/PD-90-0109A. (Reprint)

Held, B. W., J.A. Jurgens, S.M. Duncan, R.L. Farrell and R.A. Blanchette. 2006. Assessment of fungal diversity and deterioration in a wooden structure at New Harbor, Antarctica. Polar Biology 29:526-531. Published on line as DOI 10.1007/s00300-005-0084-3. (Reprint)

Thwaites, J. M., R. L. Farrell, S. Duncan, S. D. Reay, R. A. Blanchette, E. Hadar, Y. Hadar, T. C. Harrington and D. McNew. 2005. Survey of potential sapstain fungi on Pinus radiata in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 43:653-663. (Reprint)

Kromroy, K. W., R.A. Blanchette and D.F. Grigal. 2005. Armillaria species on small woody plants, small woody debris, and root fragments in red pine stands. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 35: 1487-1495. (Reprint)

Held, B. W., J. A. Jurgens, B. E. Arenz, S. M. Duncan, R. L. Farrell and R. A. Blanchette. 2005. Environmental factors influencing microbial growth inside the historic huts of Ross Island, Antarctica. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation 55:45-53. (Reprint)

Smith, J. A., R. A. Blanchette and G. Newcombe. 2004. Molecular and morphological characterization of the willow rust fungus, Melampsora epitea, from arctic and temperate hosts in North America. Mycologia 96 1330-1338. (Reprint)

Blanchette, R. A., B. W. Held, J. A. Jurgens and J. E. Haight. 2004. Wood deterioration in Chacoan great houses of the southwestern United States. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites 6:204-212. (Reprint)

Blanchette, R. A., B. W. Held, J. A. Jurgens, J. Aislabie, S. Duncan and R. L. Farrell. 2004. Environmental pollutants from the Scott and Shackleton expeditions during the 'Heroic Age' of Antarctic exploration. Polar Record 40:143-151. (Reprint)

Blanchette, R. A., B. W. Held, J. A. Jurgens, D.L. McNew, T. C. Harrington, S. M. Duncan and R. L. Farrell. 2004. Wood destroying soft rot fungi in the historic expedition huts of Antarctica. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 70:1328-1335. (Reprint)

Farrell, R. L., R. A. Blanchette, M. Auger, S. M. Duncan, B. W. Held, J. A. Jurgens and R. Minasaki. 2004. Scientific evaluation of deterioration in historic huts of Ross Island, Antarctica. In: S. Barr and P. Chaplin (Eds.), Polar Monuments and Sites: Cultural Heritage in the Arctic and Antarctica Regions. ICOMOS Monuments and Sites Number VIII. Available from the International Polar Heritage Committee

Ford, D., M. Demas, N. Agnew, R. Blanchette, S. Maekawa, M. Taylor and K. Dowdy. 2004. Chaco Canyon reburial programme. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites 6:177-202.

Jurgens, J.A., R. A. Blanchette and D. N. Carlson. 2003. Evaluating the Wooden Remnants of the Tektas Burnu Shipwreck. In: Koestler, R.J., Koestler, V.R., Charola, A.E., and Nieto-Fernandez, F.E., (Eds.), Art, Biology, and Conservation: Biodeterioration of Works of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 390-409. (Reprint)

Blanchette, R.A., 2003. Deterioration in Historic and Archaeological Woods from Terrestrial Sites. In: Koestler, R. J., Koestler, V. R., Charola, A.E., and Nieto-Fernandez, F. E., (Eds.), Art, Biology, and Conservation: Biodeterioration of Works of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 328-347.(Reprint)

Jurgens, J. A., R. A. Blanchette, P. J. Zambino and A. David. 2003. Histology of white pine blister rust in needles of resistant and susceptible eastern white pine. Plant Disease 87:1026-1030. (Reprint)

Held, B. W., J. M. Thwaites, R. L. Farrell, and R. A. Blanchette. 2003. Albino strains of Ophiostoma species for biological control of sapstaining fungi. Holzforschung 57:237-242. (Reprint)

Blanchette, R. A., C. C. Renner, B. W. Held, C. Enoch, and S. Angstman. 2002. The current use of Phellinus igniarius by the Eskimos of Western Alaska. Mycologist 16(4): 142-145. Reprint

Blanchette, R. A., B. W. Held and R. L. Farrell. 2002. Defibration of wood in the expedition huts of Antarctica: an unusual deterioration process occurring in the polar environment. Polar Record 38: 313-322. Reprint

Morse, A. C. and R. A. Blanchette. 2002. Etiology of Red Stain in Boxelder. Plant Health Progress. doi:10.1094/PHP-2002-0917-01-RS Reprint

Smith, J. A., R. A. Blanchette, M. E. Ostry and N. A. Anderson. 2002. Etiology of bronze leaf disease of Populus. Plant Disease 86:462-469. Reprint

Tennessen, D., R. A. Blanchette and T. C. Windes. 2002. Differentiating aspen and cottonwood in prehistoric wood from the Chacoan great house ruins. Journal of Archaeological  Science 29:521-527. Reprint

Filley, T. R., R. A. Blanchette, E. Simpson and M. L. Fogel. 2001. Nitrogen cycling by wood decomposing soft rot fungi in the ‘King Midas Tomb’, Gordian, Turkey. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 98:13346-13350. Reprint

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Forest at Cloquet MN

University of Minnesota Forest Research Station in Cloquet, Minnesota where some of our forest disease research studies are carried out.

 

Glossy Gaonderma

A glossy Ganoderma in the Ganoderma lucidum complex. Taxonomic studies are underway on the species of this fungus in North and South America.

 

Eucalyptus leaf disease

Mycosphaerella and other leaf diseases on Eucalyptus are a serious problem in Uruguay and in many other countries. Our international research projects are helping to identify these exotic pathogens and to learn more about their biology and ecology so they can be successfully controlled.

 

Woman in home garden with Prof Blanchette

Our research in Asia is helping poor rural farmers have a better life. Professor Blanchette in a Vietnamese village garden working on an agarwood project. This Aquilaria tree will produce a valuble resin and provide a new economy for the village.

 

ancient furniture photo

Ancient furniture from the King Midas Tomb (700BC) on display in the Anatolian Civilizations Museum, Ankara, Turkey. The large wooden tomb located in Gordion, Turkey contained magnificent furniture. Although ravaged over the millennia by decay fungi, our research has helped conservators preserve the furniture and the wooden tomb structure as well as understand the biology of an ancient fungus.

 


Scanning electron micrograph of uredinia spores from white pine blister rust

 

Bhutan lowland forest

Forests in southern Bhutan where research and demonstration trials for agarwood production were done

 

Transverse section of sound birch wood

 

Apothecia of Chlorociboria on wood

 

Field research at Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic

 

Biodiversity study site at Cape Royds, Antarctica

 

Basidiocarp of Ganoderma fruiting in Thailand

 

Gall rust, Peridermium harknessii, with aeciospores on jack pine

 

Old growth tree (Gyrinops) at one of our field research sites in Asia

 

Amanita fruiting in forest

Amanita fruiting in a red pine forest at the University of Minnesota Forest Research Station in Cloquet, Minnesota

 

Robert Blanchette and Norman Borlaug

Profesor Blanchette with the late Dr. Norman Borlaug one of the most distinquished graduates of our department. He received the Noble Peace Prize, Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in the green revolution and development of high-yield disease resistant wheat varities. Few people know that Dr. Borlaug also did work in Forest Pathology. His MS research at the University of Minensota was on determining the cause of red stain in boxelder trees.

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