Robert A. Blanchette

University of Minnesota
495 Borlaug Hall
1991 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone: 612-625-0202
Fax: 612-625-9728

[email protected]

Follow on twitter: @forestmycology

Research Interests

My major interests are in the area of forest pathology and wood microbiology with research in tree defense mechanisms, deterioration processes of wood, biotechnological uses of forest fungi, biological control of forest pathogens, and the conservation of archaeological wood and wood of historic value. Projects involve novel, interdisciplinary approaches to solving tree disease problems and understanding the biology and ecology of forest microbes.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Fellow, American Phytopathological Society
  • Fellow, International Academy of Wood Science
  • Hans Merensky Fellow for Wood Science
  • Gary Lincoff Award, Telluride Mushroom Festival
  • Allied Professional Award, The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
  • United States Department of Agriculture - Honor award for research in environmental science


  • 2 Books
  • 15 United States Patents and numerous international patents
  • over 300 journal publication and  book chapters

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