Mandy Bish, PhD

Extension Specialist

Plant Science & Technology

Contact Information

Phone (573) 882-9878
Address 206a Waters Hall
Website Weed Science


BS, Plant Sciences, University of Missouri
PhD, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, University of Maryland


Mandy has been with the university since 2014 and is responsible for assisting with direction and focus of research and education programs related to weed management in Missouri. She has experience in both basic and applied science research. Her PhD work at the University of Maryland focused on molecular genetic approaches to study ethylene signal transduction in Arabidopsis. During her postdoctoral research with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and Iowa State University, she studied the pathogen-host interaction between Phakopsora pachyrhizi and soybean. She was awarded an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) mass media fellowship to study science communication at Scientific American magazine. Her broad research training, communication fellowship, and experience growing up on a farm in north central Missouri contribute to her desire to assist in designing and conducting relevant research and clearly communicating those results to stakeholders.

Selected Publications

Shergill, L.S., Bish, M.D., Jugulam, M., & Bradley, K.W. (2018). Molecular and physiological characterization of six-way resistance in an Amaranthus tuberculatus var. rudis biotype from Missouri. Pest Management Science, 74(12), 2688-2698.

Bish, M., & Bradley, K. (2017). Survey of Missouri Pesticide Applicator Practices, Knowledge, and Perceptions. Weed Technology, 31(2), 165-177. doi:10.1017/wet.2016.27

Harris, D., Kendrick, M., King, Z., Pedley, K., Walker, D., Cregan, P., Buck, J., Phillips, D., Li Z & Boerma, H.R. (2015). Identification of Unique Genetic Sources of Soybean Rust Resistance from the USDA Soybean Germplasm Collection. Crop Science, 55(5), 2161.

Kendrick, M.D., Harris, D.K., Ha, B.K., Hyten, D.L., Cregan, P.B., Frederick, R.D., Boerma, H.R. & Pedley, K.F. (2011). Identification of a Second Asian Soybean Rust Resistance Gene in Hyuuga Soybean. Phytopathology, 101(5), 535-43.

Kendrick, M. D., & Chang, C. (2008). Ethylene signaling: new levels of complexity and regulation. Current opinion in plant biology, 11(5), 479-85.

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