College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

Scot Hulbert

Department Chair, Professor and Scientist, R. James Cook Endowed Chair in Cropping Systems Pathology

Research Specialty and Interests

Management of diseases and pests through genetics and modifications of cropping systems. Molecular mechanisms of rust fungus pathogenesis and targets for engineering resistance by host-induced gene silencing. Development of cropping systems that are profitable but conservation oriented.

Professional Experience

  • Assistant, Associate, and Professor of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University, 1989-2006
  • R. James Cook Endowed Chair in Cropping Systems Pathology, Washington State University, 2006-present


  • Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award, KSU, 2002
  • Fellow, American Society of Phytopathology, 2002
  • Fellow, American Society for the Advancement of Science, 2005

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles: Last five years

  • Yin, C., Park, J.-J., Gang, D.R., Hulbert, S.H. (2014) Characterization of a tryptophan 2-monooxygenase gene from Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici involved in auxin biosynthesis and rust pathogenicity. Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions, 27: 227–235.
  • Hulbert, S. H., Pumphrey, M, (2014)  A time for more booms and less busts? Unraveling cereal-rust interactions. Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions 27:207–214.
  • Raman Bansal, Scot Hulbert, John Reese, Jeff Whitworth, Jeffrey Stuart, Ming-Shun Chen (2014) Pyrosequencing reveals the predominance of Pseudomonadaceae in gut microbiome of a gall midge. Pathogens In Press
  • Yin, C., Hulbert, S.H., Schroeder, K.L., Mavrodi, O., Mavrodi, D., Dhingra, A., Schillinger, W, Paulitz. T.C. (2013) The role of bacterial communities in the natural suppression of Rhizoctonia bare patch of wheat. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 79: 7428-7438.
  • Babiker E.M., Hulbert S.H., Schroeder K., Paulitz T.C. (2013) Evaluation of Brassica species for resistance to Rhizoctonia solani and binucleate Rhizoctonia (Ceratobasidum spp.) under controlled environment conditions. European Journal of Plant Pathology 136:763-772.
  • Agostini, A., Johnson, D., Hulbert, S., Fernando, D. Paulitz T. (2013) First report of blackleg caused by Leptosphaeria maculans on canola in Idaho. Plant Disease, 97: 842
  • Babiker, E.M., Hulbert, S. H., Paulitz T. C. (2012) Hyaloperonospora camelinae on Camelina sativa in WashingtonState: Detection, Seed Transmission, and Chemical Control. Plant Dis. 96:1670-1674.
  • Kincaid, R.L., K.A. Johnson, J.J. Michal, A.C. Huisman, S.H. Hulbert, and W.L. Pan. 2012. Case Study: Production of silage containing biennial canola and peas for use as forage in a dairy rotation. The Professional Animal Scientist 28:120-124.
  • Xu, L.S. Wang M.N., Cheng P., Kang Z.S., Hulbert S.H., Chen, X.M. (2013) Molecular mapping of a new gene for stripe rust resistance in durum wheat PI 480148 and transferring the gene into common wheat. Theor. Appl. Genet. 126:523-533.
  • Walsh, D.T., Babiker, E.M., Burke, I.C., Hulbert S.H.  (2012) Camelina Mutants Resistant to Acetolactate Synthase Inhibitor Herbicides. Molecular Breeding: Volume 30:1053-1063
  • Babiker, E., Hulbert, S. Schroeder, K., Paulitz, T. (2011) Optimum Timing of Pre-Plant Applications of Glyphosate to Manage Rhizoctonia Root Rot in Barley. Plant Disease 95: 304-310.
  • Bansal, R, Hulbert, SH, Schemerhorn, B, Reese, JC, Whitworth, RJ, Stuart, JJ, Chen, M-S (2011) Hessian fly-Associated Bacteria: Transmission, Essentiality, and Composition. PLoS ONE doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023170
  • Dong, Y.-L. Yin, C.,  Hulbert, S.H., Chen, X., Kang, Z. (2011) Cloning and expression analysis of three secreted protein genes from wheat stripe rust fungus Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici. World J Microbiol Biotechnol 27:1261–1265
  • Jayaveeramuthu Nirmalaa, Tom Dradera, Paulraj K. Lawrence, Chuntao Yin, Scot Hulbert, Camille M. Steber, Brian J. Steffenson, Les J. Szabo, Diter von Wettstein, and Andris Kleinhofs (2011) Concerted action of two avirulent spore effectors activates Reaction to Puccinia graminis (Rpg1)-mediated cereal stem rust resistance. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108: 14676-14681
  • Kincaid, R., K. Johnson, J. Michal, S. Hulbert, W. Pan, J. Barbano, and A. Huisman. 2011. Biennial canola for forage and ecosystem improvement in dryland cropping systems. 2011.  Advances in Animal Biosciences 2(2):457.
  • Rouse NN, Saleh AA, Seck A., Keeler KH, Travers SE, Hulbert SH and KA Garrett  (2011) Genomic and resistance gene homolog diversity of the dominant tallgrass prairie species across the Central U.S. precipitation gradient. PLoS ONE 6(4): e17641. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017641
  • Yin, C., Hulbert, S. (2011) Prospects for functional analysis of effectors from cereal rust fungi. Euphytica 179:57–67
  • Yin, C., Jurgenson, J.E., Hulbert, S. (2011) Development of a Host-induced RNAi System in the Wheat Stripe Rust Fungus Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 24: 554–561
  • Babiker, E., Hulbert, S. Schroeder, K., Paulitz, T. (2011) Optimum Timing of Pre-Plant Applications of Glyphosate to Manage Rhizoctonia Root Rot in Barley. Plant Disease, In Press.
  • Travers, S. E., Tang, Z. Caragea, D., Garrett, K.A.,  Hulbert, S. H.,  Leach, J. E.,  Bai , J., Saleh, A.,  Knapp, A.K.,  Fay, P.A.,  Nippert, J., Schnable  P.S. and M.D. Smith (2010) Spatial and temporal changes in Andropogon gerardii transcription profiles in association with climate change. Journal of Ecology 98:374-383
  • Chen, M-S. Liu, X.,  Yang, Z., Zhao, H., Shukle, R.H., Stuart, J.J. and S. H. Hulbert (2010)  Unusual conservation among genes encoding small secreted salivary gland proteins from a gall midge. BMC Evolutionary Biology; 10:296Smith, S.M., Steinau, M., Trick, H.N. and Hulbert, S.H. (2010) Recombinant Rp1 genes confer necrotic or nonspecific resistance phenotypes. Mol. Genet Genomics 283:591–602
  • Yin, C., Jones, K.L., Peterson, D.E., Garrett, K.A., Hulbert, S.H., Paulitz T. C. (2010) Members of soil bacterial communities sensitive to tillage and crop rotation. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 42:2111-2118.
  • Chintamanani, S,  Hulbert, S.H., Johal G.S., Balint-Kurti, P.J. (2010) Identification of a Maize Locus that Modulates the Hypersensitive Defense Response, Using Mutant-Assisted Gene Identification and Characterization (MAGIC) Genetics, 184(3):813-25
  • Yin, C., Chen, X., Wang, X., Han, Q., Kang, Z., and Hulbert, S.H. (2009) Generation and analysis of expression sequence tags from haustoria of the wheat stripe rust fungus Puccinia striiformis f. sp. Tritici. BMC Genomics, 10:626-
  • Kabbage, M., Leslie, J. F. Hulbert, S. H. Bockus W .W. (2009) Comparison of natural populations of Mycosphaerella graminicola from single fields in Kansas and California. Phys. Mol. Plant Pathol. 74: 55–59


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