Jenifer McBeath

Professor of Plant Pathology/Biotechnology


Contact information:
Phone: 907-474-7431
Fax: 907-474-6099
Location: 164 Arctic Health Research Building

Curriculum vitae:

Ph.D. Rutgers University; 1974; Plant Pathology

M.S. University of California, Davis; 1970; Plant Pathology

B.S. National Taiwan University; 1965; Plant Pathology and Entomology


Research interests:

  • Dr. McBeath's research interests are in the areas of plant resistance enhancement and plant disease diagnostics. She is especially keen in understanding the etiology of diseases, distribution and diversity of plant pathogens and interactions among plants, plant pathogens and hyperparasites at cellular, biochemical and molecular levels. She applies knowledge gained in her research to the development of environmentally benign means of plant disease control, including exclusion, eradication and biological control of fungal pathogens through mycoparasites. One of her research products, Cold Tolerance Trichoderma, has been awarded patents by many countries.

Current research programs:

Examples of research support:

Examples of publications:

McBeath, G.A., J.H. McBeath and T. Qing, and Y. Huang. 2014. Environmental Education in China. Elgar Publisher, in press.

Abouelnars, H., Y. Li, Y.Zhang, J. Liu, S. Li, D. Li, J. Yu, J.H. McBeath, C. Han. 2014. First r eport of potato virus H on Solanum muricatum in China.Plant Disease. In press.

Dong J.H, Yin YY, Fang Q, McBeath JH, Zhang ZK. 2013 A new tospovirus causing chlorotic ringspot on Hippeastrum sp. in China. Virus Genes 46: 567-570. Doi:10.1007/s11262-012-0873-z.

Dong, J.H., L. Zhang, W.H. Li, J.H. McBeath, Z.K. Zhang. 2013. ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia’-related strain associated with tomato yellows disease in China. J. General Plant Pathology 79:366-369. Doi: 10.1007/s10327-013-0463-5.

Li, Y., R. Zhang, H. Xiang, H. Abouelnasr, D. Li, J. Yu, J. H. McBeath, C. Han. 2013. Discovery and characterization of a novel carlavirus infecting potatoes in China. PloS ONE 8:e69255. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0069255.

Cheng, M., J.H. Dong, L. Zhang, P. Laski, Z. Zhang and J.H. McBeath. 2012. Molecular haracterization of stolbur group subgroup E (16SrXII-E) phytoplasma associated with potatoes in China. Plant Disease 96:1372.

Cheng, M., J. Dong, P. J. Laski, Z. Zhang, and J. H. McBeath. 2011 First report of clover proliferation group phytoplasmas (16SrVI-A) associated with purple top diseased potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.) in China. Plant Disease.95:871

Yin, Y.Y., J.H. Dong, Y.-M.Duan, X.Y. Xu, J.H. McBeath, Z.K.Zhang. 2011. First report of impatiens necrotic spot virus infecting flue-cured tobacco in Yunnan, China. Journal of Plant Pathology.93: (S4):66.

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