Brian McSpadden Gardener
Brian McSpadden Gardener is a Professor at The Ohio State University and the Director of the OARDC's Organic Food, Farming, Education, and Research Program. He is an alumnus of The University of Illinois and received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1998. He served as an ARS postdoctoral fellow at Washington State University and jointed The Ohio State University in the fall of 2000.
Dr. McSpadden Gardener’s laboratory studies the contributions of natural populations of plant-associated microorganisms to crop health and productivity. His research focuses on catalyzing more efficient discovery and development of biofungicides and biofertilizers, especially those derived from bacteria. Such efforts are ultimately aimed at ensuring that those technologies improve long-term sustainability and enhance the adoption of certified organic cropping practices.
He is a recognized leader in the field of biological control research and development, and he serves as an informed public advocate supporting the growth and successful adoption of microbial inputs for organic and sustainable crop production. His success is evidenced by his contributions to thirty peer-reviewed journal articles and long list of invited presentations in throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, and South Korea.
As an active member of the American Phytopathological Society, American Society for Microbiology, and Biopesticide Industry Alliance, he has organized numerous symposia related to both fundamental and applied aspects of biological control. And, in 2009, Dr. McSpadden Gardener was selected to participate in a World Class University Project in South Korea aimed at advancing biopesticide research and development globally. In that role, he connected students, researchers, and companies on both sides of the Pacific who were interested in learning what it takes to successfully develop and apply biological controls for plant diseases.
- Microbial ecology
- Bacterial genomics and physiology
- 1992 B.S. Biology Honors, University of Illinois, Illinois
- 1998 Ph.D Botany, Michigan State University, Michigan