Coordinator for CASNR Honors and Undergraduate Research


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Office Location: 416 Plant Biotechnology Building

Office Phone: 865-974-7951



North Carolina State University, Ph.D. (Plant Pathology)

West Virginia University, M.S. (Plant Pathology)

Fairmont State College, B.S. (Major: Biology, Minor: Chemistry)



Bioactive natural products and biologically-based control of plant disease

Naturally-occurring and artificially-induced endophytes-- impacts on plant biotic and abiotic stress

Mathematical modeling of natural product production and effects

Diseases of biofuel crops

Undergraduate research



Research Description:

Research focus is on commercially viable plant, insect, and microbial compounds or mixtures of compounds that can be used to control diseases and pests.


Representative Publications: 

Vu, A.L., M.M. Dee, T. Russell, J.M. Zale, K.D. Gwinn, and B.H. Ownley. 2012. First report of leaf spot caused by Alternaria alternata on switchgrass in Tennessee. Plant Disease 96:763. 

Ball, O.J., K.D, Gwinn, C.D.Pless, and A.J. Popay. 2011. Endophyte isolate and host grass effects on Chaetocnema pulicaria (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) feeding. Journal of Economic Entomology 104:665-672.

Vu, A.L., M.E. Dee, R.J. Gualandi, Jr., S. Huff, J.M. Zale, K.D. Gwinn, and B.H. Ownley. 2011. First report of leaf spot caused by Bipolaris spicifera on switchgrass in the USA. Plant Disease 95:1191.

Gwinn, K.D., B.H. Ownley, S.E. Greene, M.M. Clark, C.L. Taylor, T.N. Springfield, D.J. Trentley, J.F. Green, A. Reed, S.L. Hamilton. 2010. Role of essential oils in control of Rhizoctonia damping-off in tomato with bioactive monarda herbage. Phytopathology 100:493-501.

Martin, M.Z., A.J. Stewart, K.D. Gwinn, J.C. Waller. 2010. Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy used to detect endophyte-mediated accumulation of metals by tall fescue. Applied Optics 49:161-197.

Ownley, B.H., K.D. Gwinn, F.E. Vega. 2010. Endophytic fungal entomopathogens with activity against plant pathogens: ecology and evolution. BioControl 55:113-128.

Canaday, C.H., B.H. Ownley, K.D. Gwinn, C.S. Rothrock, A.P. Keinath, K. W. Seebold. 2009. Effects of biocontrol agents versus a fungicide on growth, yield, and diseases of broccoli in West Tennessee, 2008. Plant Disease Management Reports 3:V052. 


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