Photo of Kira BowenKira L. Bowen

Professor

Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology

Plant disease epidemiology; peanut disease management, including minimization of aflatoxin contamination; also disease management in roses, turf, and small grains.

1987 Ph.D., University of Illinois (Plant Pathology)
1983 M.S., University of Minnesota (Plant Pathology, Minor in Agricultural Economics)
1980 B.S., Pennsylvania State University (Plant Sciences)
1998-Present Professor of Plant Pathology, Dept. Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University
2004-2006 Editor-in-Chief, Plant Disease
Aug. 2000-Dec. 2007 Research Coordinator, College of Agriculture, Auburn University
Feb. 1998-Aug. 1999 Chair, Department of Plant Pathology, Auburn University
1993-1998 Associate Professor of Plant Pathology, Auburn University
1988-1993 Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, Auburn University
1987-1988 Research Affiliate, USDA-ARS, Dept. of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University
  • Jan. 2004 – Dec. 2007 – Council Member for the American Phytopathological Society
  • Service on ARS Project review panels and NRI grant review panels
  • 2004-2006 – Editor-In-Chief for Plant Disease
  • 2000-2003 – Senior Editor for Plant Disease
  • 1994-2000 – Section Editor for Biological and Control Tests for Plant Disease Control
  • 1996-2000 – Associate Editor for Plant Disease
  • Spring 1998 – Outstanding Graduate Faculty
  • 1990-1993 – Associate Editor for Phytopathology

General Plant Pathology (PLPA 3000)
Plant Disease Epidemiology (PLPA 7860)

  • Southern Region Peanut Research Initiative of the National Peanut Board. “Determination of factors that contribute to risk of aflatoxin contamination.” $30,000 one year grant (2005) with N. Hill and G. Hoogenboom of the University of Georgia.
  • Southeast Peanut Research Initiative, National Peanut Board, “Development of an Aflatoxin Risk Index,” $102,908 (AL portion), with collaborators in Georgia (Dr. David Wilson, Tifton) and Florida (Dr. Ken Boote). Sept. 2000 for three years.
  • Southern Region Integrated Pest Management, “Improved decision making tools for management of barley yellow dwarf luteovirus by aphid vector control in wheat,” $112,470, G.D. Buntin (GA), J. W. Chapin (SC), K.L. Bowen, and K.L. Flanders, 9/00-9/02.

Hagan, A.K., H.L. Campbell, K.L. Bowen, and L. Wells. 2015. Seeding rate and planting date impacts stand density, diseases, and yield of irrigated peanuts. Plant Health Prog. 16:63-70.
Hagan, A.K., K.L. Bowen, M. Pegues, and J. Jones. 2014. Nitrogen rate and variety impact diseases and yield of sorghum for biofuel. Agron. J. 106:1205-1211.
Hagan, A.K., K.L. Bowen, M. Pegues, and J. Jones. 2014. Target spot control on cotton with registered and candidate fungicides, 2013. PDMR 8:FC164.
Prevatt III, R.*, and K.L. Bowen. 2014. Determination of optimum soil moisture for growth of Aspergillus flavus. Proc. APRES 46: 73.
Bowen, K.L., and A.K. Hagan. 2014. Aflatoxin in corn: Does drought tolerance contribute to decreased contamination? Phytopathology 104:S3.17.
Bowen, K.L., K.F.Flanders, A.K. Hagan, and B. Ortiz. 2014. Insect damage, aflatoxin content and yield of Bt corn in Alabama. J. Econ. Ent. 107:1818-1827.
Uppala, S.S.*, K.L. Bowen, and F.M. Woods. 2012. Pre-harvest aflatoxin contamination and soluble sugars of peanut. Peanut Sci. 40:50-51.
Sudini, H.K.*, C. Arias, M. Liles, K. Bowen, and R. Huettel. 2011. Comparison of soil fungal community structure in different peanut rotation sequences using RISA in relation to aflatoxin producing fungi. Phytopathology 101:52-57.
Sudini, H.K.*, C. Arias, M. Liles, K. Bowen, and R. Huettel. 2011. Comparison of soil fungal community structure in different peanut rotation sequences using RISA in relation to aflatoxin producing fungi. Phytopathology 101:52-57.