Mandy Bish

Mandy Bish


Assistant Professor &
State Extension Plant Pathologist

Division of Plant Science and Technology

Research at a glance

Area(s) of Expertise

Research Summary

Mandy Bish is an assistant professor and extension plant pathologist. She also serves as the MU Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinator and director of SCN Diagnostics. Her research focus is to identify economical and sustainable solutions for disease management in crop production with specific focus on corn and soybean.

Bish’s main research focus is the management of current and emerging pathogens to corn and soybean. Information generated from the research is applied to her extension programming efforts. She utilizes programs already in place, such as the Mizzou On-Farm Strip Trial Program to compliment small plot research that evaluates the efficacy of disease management practices either alone or in combination.
Bish also has an interest in exploring interactions among pathogens, disease management tactics, and the environment. This allows Bish to utilize her training in both basic and applied plant sciences. Improved understanding of these interactions and monitoring how interactions change over time can enhance efforts to improve sustainability of pest management.

Educational background

  • Ph.D. Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, University of Maryland
  • B.S. Plant Science, University of Missouri-Columbia