Scientists & Staff
Jessie A. Glaeser
Research Plant Pathologist
Biological and Environmental Influences on Forest Health and Productivity, Wood Anatomy and Forest Mycology in a Changing Global Environment
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- Identification and biosystematics of polyporoid wood decay fungi.
- Development of new identification techniques for detection of the pathogen Heterobasidion annosum.
- Development of techniques that induce the formation of spalted wood to add value to lesser used hardwood species.
- Investigating species boundaries and evolutionary relationships in the white rot genus Trametes.
- The effect of climate change on the distribution of white-rot and brown-rot fungi.
Why This Research is ImportantWood decay fungi are extremely important in the forest. Some, like Heterobasidion annosum, are serious pathogens that kill trees, while others are saprotrophic, breaking down woody debris and returning carbon and nutrients to the soil. The identification of decay fungi is often difficult, especially among the polypores, which frequently do not have distinctive microscopic characteristics. Developing better tools for fungal identification will allow us to identify potentially invasive nonnative pathogens and assess the health of disturbed and nondisturbed forests through their fungal communities. The scientific development of techniques for the use of white rot fungi in the production of highly valued spalted wood will provide a market for lower valued hardwood species.
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ph.D. Plant Pathology., 1985
- Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, Doylestown, PA., B.S. Agronomy., 1979
- Mycological Society of America
- American Phytopathological Society
- North American Mycological Society
- Wisconsin Mycological Society
- International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society
- Western International Forest Disease Working Committee
Featured Publications & Products
- Glaeser, Jessie A.; Nakasone, Karen K. 2010. Recent change in the nomenclature of Phellinus pini: What is Porodaedalea?. In: Proceedings of the 6th western hazard tree workshop; 2010 June 14-18; Medford, OR. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team: 46-50.
- Glaeser, Jessie A.; Smith, Kevin T. 2010. Decay fungi of oaks and associated hardwoods for western arborists. Western Arborist. Winter 2010: 32-46.
- Glaeser, Jessie A.; Smith, Kevin T. 2010. Decay fungi associated with oaks and other hardwoods in the western United States. In: Proceedings of the 6th western hazard tree workshop; 2010 June 14-18; Medford, OR. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team: 19-31.
- Kliejunas, John T.; Geils, Brian W.; Glaeser, Jessie Micales; Goheen, Ellen Michaels; Hennon, Paul; Kim, Mee-Sook; Kope, Harry; Stone, Jeff; Sturrock, Rona; Frankel, Susan J. 2009. Review of literature on climate change and forest diseases of western North America. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-225. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 54 p.
- Winandy, Jerrold E.; Muehl, James H.; Glaeser, Jessie A.; Schmidt, Walter. 2007. Chicken feather fiber as an additive in MDF composites. Jounral of natural fibers. Vol. 4, no. 1 (2007): pages 35-48.
Publications & Products
- Garvie, Laurence A.J.; Wilkens, Barry; Groy, Thomas L.; Glaeser, Jessie A. 2015. Substantial production of drosophilin A methyl ether (tetrachloro-1,4-dimethoxybenzene) by the lignicolous basidiomycete Phellinus badius in the heartwood of mesquite (Prosopis juliflora) trees. Sci Nat, Volume 102, Number 18, 2015; 8 p.
- Sun, Grace; Ibach, Rebecca; Gnatowski, Marek; Glaeser, Jessie; Leung, Mathew; Haight, John. 2014. Modern Instrumental Methods to Investigate the Mechanism of Biological Decay in Wood Plastic Composites. IRG/WP 14-40674, The international Research Group on Wood Protection, section 4, Processes and properties, Paper prepared for the 45th IRG Annual Meeting, St George, Utah, USA, 11-15 May 2014; pp. 2-20;.
- Glaeser, Jessie A.; Smith, Kevin T. 2013. Decay fungi of riparian trees in the Southwestern U.S.. Western Arborist. (Fall): 40-51.
- Smith, Kevin T.; Glaeser, Jessie A. 2013. Skeleton decay in red cedar. Arborist News. 22 (3): 32-34.
- Glaeser, J.A.; Nakasone, K.K.; Lodge, D.J.; Ortiz-Santana, B.; Lindner, D.L. 2013. The culture collection and herbarium of the Center for Forest Mycology Research: A national resource. In: Browning, John; Palacios, Patsy, comps. Proceedings of the Western International Forest Disease Work Conference; 2012 October 8-12, 2012.; Tahoe City, CA. [Place of publication unknown]:Western International Forest Disease Work Conference: 123-129.
- Banik, M.T.; Lindner, D.L.; Juzwik, J.; Glaeser, J.A. 2013. Use of DNA sequencing to detect pathogenic, saprotrophic, and stain fungi in sapwood of declining red pine (Pinus resinosa) in the Upper Midwest. In: Browning, John; Palacios, Patsy, comps. Proceedings of the Western International Forest Disease Work Conference; 2012 Oct. 8-12; Lake Tahoe, CA. [Place of publication unknown]: Western International Forest Disease Work Conference: 101-110.
- Glaeser, Jessie A. 2012. Online resources for the identification of North American wood decay fungi. Arborist News. December: 55-56.
- Lindner, Daniel L.; Gargas, Andrea; Lorch, Jeffrey M.; Banik, Mark T.; Glaeser, Jessie A.; Kunz, Thomas H.; Blehert, David S. 2011. DNA-based detection of the fungal pathogen Geomyces destructans in soils from bat hibernacula. Mycologia. 103(2): 241-246.
- Kirker, Grant T.; Glaeser, Jessie; Lebow, Stan T.; Green III, Frederick; Clausen, Carol A. 2011. Physical deterioration of preservative treated poles and pilings exposed to salt water. General technical report FPL-GTR-203. Madison, WI : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2011: 5 p.
- Kliejunas, John T; Burdsall, Harold H.; DeNitto, Gregg A.; Eglitis, Andris; Haugen, Dennis A.; Haverty, Michael I.; Micales-Glaeser, Jessie A. 2006. Pest risk assessment of the importation into the United States of unprocessed Pinus logs and chips from Australia. FHTET (Series) 2006-06. [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, 2006: xii, 159 pages.
- Czederpiltz, D.L.L.; Wikler, K.; Radmacher, M.R.; Volk, T.J.; Hadar, Y.; Micales, J. 2004. Biodiversity of wood-inhabiting fungi in Israeli pine forests. Fungi in forest ecosystems : systematics, diversity, and ecology. New York : New York Botanical Garden, 2004. Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden ; vol. 89: Pages -202.
- Micales-Glaeser, Jessie A.; Lloyd, Jeffrey D.; Woods, Thomas L. 2004. Efficacy of didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride (DDAC), disodium octaborate tetrahydrate (DOT), and chlorothalonil (CTL) against common mold fungi. IRG documents 2004 : IRG 35, 6-10 June 2004, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Stockholm, Sweden : IRG Secretariat, 2004.  Pages.
- Kliejunas, John T.; Burdsall, Harold H., Jr.; DeNitto, Gregg A.; Eglitis, Andris; Haugen, Dennis A.; Harverty, Michael I.; Micales, Jessie A.; Tkacz, Borys M.; Powell, Mark R. 2003. Pest risk assessment of the importation into the United States of unprocessed logs and chips of eighteen Eucalypt species from Australia.. Gen. Tech. Rep. FPL-137. Madison, WI : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2003. 206 pages.
- Winandy, Jerold E.; Muehl, James H.; Micales, Jessie A.; Raina, Ashok; Schmidt, Walter. 2003. Potential of chicken feather fibre in wood MDF composites. EcoComp 2003, Queen Mary, University of London, September 1-2, 2003: 6 pages.
- Micales, Jessie A. 2002. What do you need to know to get started with wood and fish waste composting?. In:Proceedings of the Wood 'n' Fish Composting Workshop, Small Industry Waste Manangement in Alaska : a Workshop on Utilization Opportunities for Fish and Wood Waste, April 11, 2001. [S.l. : s.n.], 2002: pages 3-8.
- Nicholls, David; Richard, Thomas; Micales, Jesse A. 2002. Wood and fish residuals composting in Alaska. Biocycle. (Apr. 2002): pages 32-34.
- Celimene, Catherine C.; Micales, Jessie A.; Ferge, Leslie; Young, Raymond A. 1999. Efficacy of pinosylvins against white-rot and brown-rot fungi . Holzforschung. Vol. 53, no. 5 (1999).:p. 491-497 : ill.
National Research Highlights
DNA Tool Detects White-Nose Syndrome Fungus in Bat Caves (2010)
NRS scientists Daniel Lindner and Jessie Glaeser are collaborating with the USGS Wildlife Health Laboratory in Madison, WI, to characterize the distribution of G. destructans in cave sediment samples from bat hibernation sites in the eastern United States.
Detection of Heterbasidion Root Disease Using Genetic Fingerprinting (2013)
Heterobasidion root rot is a significant pathogen in the red pine plantations of the midwestern U.S. Little is known about its distribution. Forest Service scientists developed a DNA molecular test for field personnel to use in diagnosing the disease.
Managing Wood Decay in the Urban Forest (2014)
Arborists need tools to help identify patterns of wood decay as part of tree risk analysis and decisions on the proper care of urban and community trees. Forest Service scientists prepared a series of articles to introduce arborists to frequently encountered decay fungi and patterns of decay in common oak and riparian tree species.
Web-enabled Database for Center for Forest Mycology Research Expanded (2010)
The culture collection and herbarium maintained by the Center of Forest Mycology Research (CFMR) in Madison, Wisconsin is one of the largest fungal 'libraries' in the world. The collection specializes in fungi associated with wood and contains both living fungi and dried reference specimens, which are used by researchers world-wide in studying forest pathology, disturbance biology, fungal genetics, distribution of invasive species, and impact of climate change on forest ecosystems. The CFMR's web-enabled database, accessible at http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/research/centers/mycology/culture-collection.shtml, has recently been enlarged and updated.