Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

John Leslie

John F. Leslie BA(Dall), MS(UWisc), PhD(UWisc)

Honorary Research Associate




Research interests
Fusarium, fungal genetics and populations

Fusarium, species, genetics, sorghum, maize, wheat, plant pathology

Current research projects

  • Characterisation of Fusarium populations from sorghum, millet and maize in Africa
  • Populations and species of Fusarium in native grasslands
  • Genetics of vegetative incompatibility in Fusarium

Key publications

  1. Summerell, B. A., J. F. Leslie, D. Backhouse, W. L. Bryden & L. W. Burgess, eds. 2001. Fusarium: Paul E. Nelson Memorial Symposium.  APS Press, St. Paul, Minnesota. 392 pp.
  2. Leslie, J. F., ed.  2002.  Sorghum and Millets Diseases. Iowa State Press, Ames, Iowa. 504 pp. 
  3. Summerell, B. A., B. Salleh & J. F. Leslie.  2003. A utilitarian approach to Fusarium identification. Plant Disease 87: 117-128. 
  4. Fotso, J., J. F. Leslie & J. S. Smith. 2002. Production of beauvericin, moniliformin, fusaproliferin, and fumonisins B1, B2 and B3 by ex-type strains of fifteen Fusarium species. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 68: 5195-5197. 
  5. Jurgenson, J. E., R. L. Bowden, K. A. Zeller, J. F. Leslie, N. J. Alexander & R. D. Plattner. 2002. A genetic map of Gibberella zeae (Fusarium graminearum).  Genetics 160: 1452-1460. 
  6. Jurgenson, J. E., K. A. Zeller & J. F. Leslie.  2002. An expanded genetic map of Gibberella moniliformis (Fusarium verticillioides).  Applied and Environmental Microbiology 68: 1972-1979.
  7. Kerényi, Z., K. Zeller, L. Hornok & J. F. Leslie. 1999. Standardization of mating-type terminology in the Gibberella fujikuroi species complex.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology 65: 4071-4076. 
  8. Klittich, C. J. R., J. F. Leslie, P. E. Nelson & W. F. O. Marasas. 1997. Fusarium thapsinum (Gibberella thapsina): A new species in section Liseola from sorghum.  Mycologia 89: 643-652. 
  9. Leslie, J. F. & K. K. Klein. 1996. Female fertility and mating-type effects on effective population size and evolution in filamentous fungi. Genetics 144: 557-567. 
  10. Leslie, J. F. 1995. Gibberella fujikuroi: Available populations and variable traits (invited review). Canadian Journal of Botany 73: S282-S291. 
  11. Leslie, J. F. 1993. Fungal vegetative compatibility. Annual Review of Phytopathology 31: 127-151.