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Dr. Mark Windham, Professor

Dr. Mark Windham, Professor

The University of Tennessee
Entomology and Plant Pathology Department
2505 E. J. Chapman Drive
138 Biotechnology Bldg
Knoxville, TN 37996-4560
Phone: 865-974-0206; Fax: 865-974-4744
Email: mwindham@utk.edu

Ph.D. from North Carolina State University
Major: Plant Pathology; Minor: Plant Breeding

Professional Interest: Disease of woody ornamentals and nursery crops, establishing resistance to dogwood anthracnose, biotechnology of ornamental plants, histology of anthracnose infections and breeding disease resistance in flowering dogwoods, Chinese dogwood, and hybrids.

My research appointment is within the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station and I have responsibility of research on diseases of ornamental plants. Click on Research for a description of my research projects and interests. Much of my research involves dogwoods and I am chair of the UTIA Dogwood Research Team. You may visit the dogwood team web site by clicking on dogwood.ag.utk.edu. (NOTE: The dogwood web site is down until Labor Day)

My teaching appointment is within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. I am responsible for the following classes: EPP 313 Introductory Plant Pathology, EPP 410 Diseases and Insects of Ornamental Plants (team teach with Dr. Jerome Grant), EPP 411 (team teach with Dr. Paris Lambdin), and EPP 510 Plant Pathogenic Fungi.

I am proud of the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station's dogwood (Cornus florida) releases. A brief description of them follows. Although I am excited about our releases to date, I am even more excited about things to come. We are working on developing lines resistant to both dogwood anthracnose and powdery mildew, powdery mildew resistant dogwoods with unusual growth or bloom characters and C. kousa trees resistant to drought and heat.


'Appalachian
Spring'

Cornus florida 'Appalachian Spring' was released by the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station in 1998. The tree was discovered in Catoctin Mountain Park, MD and has unusual levels of resistance to dogwood anthracnose. The resistance of 'Appalachian Spring' was confirmed in a double blind test conducted by the J. Knighten (USFS -retired) in Asheville, NC. The tree is now being sold by wholesale nurseries in Tennessee. Discoverers of the tree were M. Windham, R. Trigiano, E. Graham, and W. Witte. If interested in becoming a licensed grower, please email me at mwindham@utk.edu

 


'Jean's
Appalachian
Snow'

Cornus florida 'Jean's Appalachian Snow' (pp. 13,099) is a white flowering dogwood with excellent resistance to powdery mildew. The blooms have very large, stiff bracts that have almost no coloration in the clefts. It was released by the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station in 2000. This tree is currently being propagated by nurseries in Tennessee and sales are expected to start in 2004-2005. If interested in becoming a licensed grower, please email me at mwindham@utk.edu

 


'Karen's
Appalachian
Blush'

Cornus florida 'Karen's Appalachian Blush' (pp. 13,165) is a white flowering dogwood with excellent resistance to powdery mildew. The blooms have very large, floppy bracts and a pink blush around the bract margins. It was released by the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station in 2000. This tree is currently being propagated by nurseries in Tennessee and sales are expected to start in 2004-2005. If interested in becoming a licensed grower, please email me at mwindham@utk.edu

 


'Kay's
Appalachian
Mist'

Cornus florida 'Kay's Appalachian Mist' (pp. 13,165) is a white flowering dogwood with excellent resistance to powdery mildew. The blooms have very stiff, creamy bracts and purplish clefts. It was released by the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station in 2000. This tree is currently being propagated by nurseries in Tennessee and sales are expected to start in 2004-2005. If interested in becoming a licensed grower, please email me at mwindham@utk.edu

 

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