Alma Rodriguez Estrada, PhD

Alma Rodriguez EstradaAssistant Professor of Biology

Office Location: Stephens Hall 214 A
Telephone Number: 630-844-5266
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Teaching Philosophy
Learning is one of the most enjoyable things humans do, since we are born and for our entire life. Learning opens our horizons and helps us to become knowledgeable individuals, thinkers and problem solvers. As much as I enjoy learning, I enjoy teaching and interacting with students in such a dynamic process.

PhD, Plant Pathology - Pennsylvania State University-University Park
MS, Plant Pathology - Pennsylvania State University-University Park
BS - Universidad Veracruzana-Cordoba

Areas of Specialization
Molecular biology
Mushroom cultivation
Plant pathology

Courses Taught
Humans and the environment
Conservation of natural resources (University of Wisconsin Green-Bay)
Mycology (University of Wisconsin Green-Bay)
Ecological and environmental methods and analysis (University of Wisconsin Green-Bay)
Research experience in Panama, travel course (University of Wisconsin Green-Bay)

Highlights of Publications and Professional Contributions
Rodriguez Estrada, A.E., Jonkers, W., Kistler, H.C. and May, G. 2012. Interactions between Fusarium verticillioides, Ustilago maydis, and Zea mays: An endophyte, a pathogen, and their shared plant host. Fungal Genetics and Biology. DOI. 10.1016/j.fgb.2012.05.001

Jonkers, W., Rodriguez Estrada, A.E., Lee, K., Breakspear, A., May, G., Kistler, H.C. 2012. Metabolome and transcriptome of the interaction between Ustilago maydis and Fusarium verticillioides In Vitro. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78: 3656-3667.

Rodriguez Estrada, A.E., Hegeman, A., Kistler, H.C., and May, G. 2011. In vitro interactions between Fusarium verticillioides and Ustilago maydis through real-time PCR and metabolic profilling. Fungal Genetics and Biology 48: 874-885

Rodriguez Estrada, A.E., Jimenez-Gasco, M.M., and Royse, D.J. 2010. Molecular phylogeny of the Pleurotus eryngii species complex based on partial tef1 and RPB2 genes. Mycological Research 114:421-428

Rodriguez Estrada, A.E., Royse, D.J. and Jimenez-Gasco, M.M. 2009. Improvement of yield of Pleurotus eryngii var. eryngii by substrate supplementation and use of a casing overlay. Bioresource Technology 100:5270-5276.

Rodriguez Estrada, A.E., Lee, H.J., Beelman, R.B., Jimenez-Gasco, M.M. and Royse, D.J. 2009. Enhancement of the antioxidants ergothioneine and selenium in Pleurotus eryngii var. eryngii basidiomata through cultural practices. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. DOI 10.1007/s11274-009-0049-8.

Rodriguez Estrada, A.E. and Royse, D.J. 2007. Yield, size and bacterial blotch resistance of Pleurotus eryngii grown on cottonseed hulls/oak sawdust supplemented with manganese, copper and whole ground soybean. Bioresource Technology 98:1898-1906

Treasurer. World Society for Mushroom Biology and Mushroom Products (WSMBMP), 2008 – Present.