Kirk Broders

Plant Pathology

Associate Professor

Office: C030 Plant Sciences
Lab: E203 & E207 Plant Sciences
Phone: 970.491.0850

Lab Website:

Research Interests

Research in the Broders lab is focused on both basic and applied aspects of fungal plant pathogens and how they interact with their hosts and environment. Research areas integrate ecology, epidemiology, population genetics, and genomics to develop a broader understanding of fungal pathogen evolution and population dynamics over space and time. The knowledge gained from these investigations is used to develop management strategies to decrease economic losses to agricultural crops of importance to growers in Colorado and around the world.

Courses I Teach

Develop an understanding of the major concept and principles of plant pathology, become familiar with several important plant pathogens
and determine the most efficient, environmentally sound methods of disease control.


Selected Publications

Laflamme, G., Broders, K. D., Munck, I., Cote, C., Broders-Iriarte G. A., and Innes, L. 2015. Taxonomic status of Lophophacidium dooksii and Canavirgella banfieldii, causal agent of a white pine needle disease. Mycologia. In Press

Broders, K. D., Barbison, L., Boraks, A., Brown, J., and Boland, G. J. 2015. The invasion history of the butternut canker fungus Ophiognomonia clavigignenti-juglandacearum: A review of the current status on butternut and butternut canker research. Forest Pathology. 45: 1-8.

Hale, I, Wolheim, W., Smith, R., Asbjornsen, H., Brito, A., Broders, K., Grandy, A. S., and Rowe, R. 2014. Scale-explicit framework for conceptualizing the environmental impacts of agricultural land use changes. Sustainability. 6: 8432-8451.

Zerillio, M. M., Caballero, J. K., Woeste, K., Graves, A. D., Hartel, C., Pscheidt, J., Tonos, J., Broders, K., Cranshaw, W., Seybold, S. J., and Tisserat. N. 2014. Population structure of Geosmithia morbida, the causal agent of thousand cankers disease of walnut trees in the United States. PLOS ONE. 9: e112847.

Hale, I., Broders, K. D., and Broders-Iriarte, G. A. 2014. A Vavilovian approach to discovering crop-associated microbes with the potential to enhance plant immunity. Frontiers in Plant Science, 5:492.

Broders, K.D., Parker, M., and Boland G. J. 2014. Diversity of Rhizoctonia solani associated with canola and wheat in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Plant Disease. 98:1695-1701.

Boarks, A. W. and Broders K.D. 2014. Health, hybridization and recruitment for butternut of the Northeast. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 44: 1244-1252.

Broders, K. D., Boraks, A. W., Sanchez, A. M. and Boland G. J. 2012. Population structure of the butternut canker fungus, Ophoignomonia clavigignenti-juglandacearum, in North American forests. Ecology and Evolution. 2: 2114-2127.

Ellis, M. L., Paul, P. A., Dorrance, A. E., and Broders K. D., 2012. Two new species of Pythium, P. schmitthennerii and P. selbii pathogens of corn and soybean in Ohio. Mycologia. 104: 477-487.

Broders, K. D., Woeste, K. E., San Miguel, P. J., Westerman, R. P., and Boland G. J. 2011. Discovering Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in an uncharacterized fungal genome using the program EagleView to evaluate 454 sequencing data. Molecular Ecology Resources. 11: 693-702.

Ellis, M. L., Broders, K. D., Paul, P. A., and Dorrance, A. E. 2011. Characterization of conditions that favor infection and management of F. graminearum on Soybean. Plant Disease. 95: 401-407.

Broders, K. D. and Boland, G. J. 2011. Reclassification of Sirococcus clavigignenti-juglandacearum into the genus Ophiognomonia. Fungal Biology. 115: 70-79.

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