Barry Pryor

Professor - School of Plant Sciences, BIO5
520-626-5312 / 520-626-2781 (Lab)

Educational Background

  • B.A., Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • M.S., Integrated Pest Management, University of California, Davis
  • Ph.D., Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis

Research Interests

  • Dr. Pryor's research interests include biological and cultural control of disease in field, tree, and vegetable crops, phylogenetic analysis and species concepts in fungi, secondary fungal metabolites, and environmental mycology. Additional areas of research focus on biological and genetic aspects of Alternaria in relation to the development of allergenic rhinitis and asthma.

Selected Publications

Lawrence, D.P., P.B. Gannibal, T.L. Peever and B.M. Pryor. 2013. The Sections of Alternaria: Formalizing species-group concepts. Mycologia 105:530-546.
Rotondo, F., Brunelli, A., and Pryor, B. M. 2012. Comparison of Alternaria collected in Italy from apple with A. mali and other AM-toxin producing strains. Phytopathology 102:1130-1142.
Lawrence, D. P, Park, M. S., and Pryor, B. M. 2011. Nimbya and Embellisia revisited, with nov. comb for Alternaria celosiae and A. perpunctulata. Mycological Progress 11:799-815.
Lawrence DP , Kroken S , Pryor BM , Arnold AE , 2011. Interkingdom Gene Transfer of a Hybrid NPS/PKS from Bacteria to Filamentous Ascomycota.PLoS ONE 6(11):e28231.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028231
Baez-Flores, M. E., Troncoso-Rojas, R., Islas-Osuna, M. A., Dominguez, M. R., Pryor, B. M. Tiznado-Hernandez, M. E. 2011. Differentially expressed cDNAs in Alternaria alternata treated with 2-propenyl isothiocyanate. Microbiology Research 166:566-577.
Taralova, E. H., Schlecht, J., Barnard, K., and Pryor, B. M. 2011. Modeling and visualizing morphology in the fungus Alternaria. Fungal Biology 115:1163-1173
Vaughan, M. J., Maier, R. M., and Pryor, B. M. 2011. Fungal communities on speleothem surfaces in Kartchner Caverns, Arizona, USA. International Journal of Speleology 40:65-77.
Chitrampalam, P., Turini, T. A., Matheron, M. E., and Pryor, B. M. 2010. Effect of sclerotium density and irrigation on disease incidence and on efficacy of Coniothyrium minitans in suppressing lettuce drop caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Plant Dis. 94:1118-1124
Mbofung, G. C. and Pryor, B. M. 2010. A PCR-Based Assay for Detection of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lactucae in Lettuce Seed. Plant Dis. 94:860-866.
Chitrampalam, P., C.A. Cox, C. A., Turini, T. A., and Pryor, B. M. 2010. Efficacy of Coniothyrium minitans on lettuce drop caused by Sclerotinia minor in desert agroecosystems. Biological Control 55:92-96.
Pryor, B. M., Creamer, R., Shoemaker, R. A., McLain-Romero, J., and Hambleton, S. 2009. Undifilum, a new genus for endophytic Embellisia oxytropis and parasitic Helminthosporium bornmuelleri on legumes. Botany 87:178-194.
Andrew, M., Peever, T. L., and Pryor, B. M. 2009. An expanded multilocus phylogeny does not resolve species within the small-spored Alternaria species complex. Mycologia 101:95-109.
Runa, F., Park, M. S., and Pryor, B. M. 2009. Ulocladium systematics revisited: phylogeny and taxonomic status. Mycological Progress 8:35-47.
Chitrampalam, P., Figuli, P. J., Matheron, M. E., Subbarao, K. V., and Pryor, B. M. 2008. Biocontrol of lettuce drop caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and S. minor in desert agroecosystems. Plant Dis. 92:1625-1634.
Andersen, B., Dongo, A., and Pryor, B. M. 2008. Secondary metabolite profiling of Alternaria dauci, A. porri, A. solani, and A. tomatophila. Mycol Res. 112:241-50.
Park, M. S., Romanoski, C. E., and Pryor, B. M. 2008. A re-examination of the phylogenetic relationship between the causal agents of carrot black rot, Alternaria radicina and A. carotiincultae. Mycologia 100:511-527.
Schlecht, J., Barnard, K., Spriggs, E. and Pryor, B. M. 2007. Inferring grammar-based structure models from 3D microscopy data, in Proc. IEEE computer society conference in computer vision (CVPR), 2007.
Mbofung, G. Y., Hong, S. G., and Pryor, B. M. 2007. Phylogeny of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lactucae inferred from mitochondrial small subunit, elongation factor 1-a, and nuclear ribosomal intergenic spacer sequence data. Phytopathology 97:87-98.
Ikner, L. A., Tommey, R. S., Nolan, G., Neilson, J. W., Pryor, B. M., and Maier, R. M. 2007. Culturable Microbial Diversity and the Impact of Tourism in Kartchner Caverns, Arizona. Microbial Ecology 53:30-42.
Cho, Y., Cramer, R. A., Kim, K. H., Davis, J., Mitchel, T. K., Figuli, P., Pryor, B. M., Lemasters, E., and Lawrence, C. B. 2007. The Fus3/Kss1 MAP kinase homolog Amk1 regulates the espression of genes encoding hydrolytic enzymes in Alternaria brassicicola. Fungal Genetics and Biology, 44:543-53.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PLP 305 Introductory Plant Pathology
  • PLP 150C Mushrooms, Molds, and Man

Research Areas

  • Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Plant Protection and Pathology