Bachelor's Degree

B.S. Agriculture with high distinction, 1974; University of Arizona

Master's Degree

M.S. Agriculture, 1975; University of Arizona

Doctoral Degree

Ph.D. Plant Pathology, 1985; University of Missouri



Department Head, Professor of Plant Pathology, and Chair of the Graduate Program, Department of Plant Pathology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2002-present

Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, North Dakota State University, 1990-2002

Research Plant Pathologist, Beltsville, ARS, USDA, 1987-1990.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University, 1985-1987



American Phytopathological Society

APS, Northeastern Division

International Plant Pathological Society

American Association for the Advancement of Science



U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative, Steering Committee, 2002-present; Epidemiology and Disease Management Program Area Committee, Vice-chair, 1999-2001; Chair 2002-2004

NC-503 Karnal Bunt Emergency Response Committee 2001-2003

NC-148 North Central Committee on Migration and Dispersal of Agriculturally Important Biota 2000-2002

WCC-97 Western Coordinating Committee on Small Grain Diseases 1995-2002

Office of Public Affairs and Education Board member, APS, 1996-1998

Public Relations Committee, APS, 1993-1996, vice-chair, 1995-1996; Chair, 1996-1998

Epidemiology Committee, APS, 1988-1991

Nematology Committee, APS, 1990-1993

Computers in Nematology Committee, Society of Nematologists, 1986-1991; Chair, 1989

Education Committee, Society of Nematologists, 1997-2000; Chair 1999-2000

Senior Editor, Plant Disease, 1997-2000

Associate Editor, Plant Disease, 1996-1998

Associate Editor, Journal of Nematology, 1992-1996

Associate Editor, Phytopathology, 1989-1992

Reviewed about 175 journal articles from 1990 to 2004





Francl, L.J. 2004. Squeezing the turnip with artificial neural nets. Phytopathology 94:1007-1012.

Markell, S.G. and Francl, L.J. 2003. Fusarium head blight inoculum: Species prevalence and Gibberella zeae spore type. Plant Disease 87:814-820.

Friesen, T.L., Ali, S., Kianian, S., Francl, L.J., and Rasmussen, J. 2003. Role of host sensitivity to Ptr ToxA in development of tan spot of wheat. Phytopathology 93:397-401.

Ali, S. and Francl, L.J. 2003. Population race structure of Pyrenophora tritici-repentis prevalent on wheat and non-cereal grasses in the Great Plains. Plant Disease 87:418-422.

Effertz, R.J., Meinhardt, S.W., Anderson, J.A., Jordahl, J.G., and Francl, L.J. 2002. Identification of a Chlorosis-Inducing Toxin from Pyrenophora tritici-repentis and the Chromosomal Location of an Insensitivity Locus in Wheat. Phytopathology 92:527-533.

Friesen T.L., Rasmussen J.B., Ali, S., Kwon, C.Y., Francl, L.J., and Meinhardt, S.W. 2002. Reaction of Ptr ToxA-insensitive wheat mutants to Pyrenophora tritici-repentis race 1. Phytopathology 92:38-42.

Friesen, T.L., De Wolf, E.D., and Francl, L.J. 2001. Source strength of wheat pathogens during combine harvest. Aerobiologia 17:293-299.

Larson, C., Francl, L., and Friesen, T. 2001. Evaluation of the Burkard cyclonic spore sampler for collection efficiency of ascospores. Plant Disease 85:1249-1252.

Martinez, J.P., Ottum, S.A., Ali, S., Francl, L.J., and Ciuffetti, L.M. 2001. Characterization of the ToxB gene from Pyrenophora tritici-repentis. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interact. 14:675-677.

Ali, S., and Francl, L.J. 2001. First report of Pyrenophora tritici-repentis in Pakistan. Plant Disease 85:1031.

Ali, S., and Francl, L.J. 2001. Recovery of Pyrenophora tritici-repentis from barley and reaction of 12 cultivars to five races and two host-specific toxins. Plant Dis. 85:580-584.

Effertz, R.J., Anderson, J.A., and Francl, L.J. 2001. Restriction fragment length polymorphism mapping of resistance to two races of Pyrenophora tritici-repentis in adult and seedling wheat. Phytopathology 91:572-578.



De Wolf, E., Lipps, P., Miller, D., Knight, P., Molineros, J., Francl, L., and Madden, L. 2004. Evaluation of prediction models for wheat Fusarium head blight in the U.S., 2004. Proc. 2nd Internat. Symposium on Fusarium Head Blight, Orlando, FL.

Molineros, J.E., Madden, L., Lipps, P., Shaner, G., Osborne, L., Ali, S., Francl, L., and De Wolf, E.D. 2004. Comparison of methods for developing Fusarium head blight forecasting models. Proc. 2nd Inter. Symposium on Fusarium Head Blight, Orlando, FL.

De Wolf, E., Molineros, J., Wei, C., Lipps, P., Madden, L., and Francl, L. 2003. Development and deployment of the next generation prediction models for Fusarium head blight. Proc. 2003 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum, Bloomington, MN.

De Wolf, E., Lipps, P., Madden, L., and Francl, L. 2002. Influence of corn residue and cultivar susceptibility on the accuracy of Fusarium head blight risk assessment models. Proc. 2002 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum, Erlanger, KY.

Francl, L. 2001. Past, present, and future of forecasting small grain diseases. Proc. 2001 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum, Erlanger, KY.