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Kenneth Frost

Associate Professor
kenneth.frost [at]

Hermiston Exp Sta

Hermiston Ag Res & Ext Ctr 2121 South 1st Street

Hermiston Ag Res & Ext Ctr
2121 South 1st Street
Hermiston, OR 97838

Ecology and epidemiology, agricultural systems, insect vectored plant pathogens, agricultural microbiome, disease diagnostics and management

I am a plant pathologist located at Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center. My research focuses on the ecology, epidemiology, and management of pathogens that cause diseases of irrigated vegetable crops. The primary goal of my research program is to develop practical and economically and environmentally sound disease management strategies to minimize disease outbreaks and enhance the efficiency of vegetable crop production in Oregon. The research I conduct seeks to learn how variability in the environment affects pathogen growth, survival, and dispersal and influences disease intensity and pattern. Some of my recent studies have examined how different crop management practices impact the soil microbiome and may be associated with varying disease outcomes. I received my M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.


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Hermiston Exp Sta
I accept graduate students for the Botany and Plant Pathology Department
I can serve on graduate committees
Experiment Station
Professional Accomplishments
Professional Affiliations: 

American Phytopathological Society

Potato Association of America

Entomological Society of America

Ecological Society of America


Ph.D. 2012, Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.S., 2004, Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

B.A., 2000, Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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