Xin-Gen (Shane) Zhou

Associate Professor

Mailing Address:
1509 Aggie Drive
Beaumont, TX 77713
Phone & Fax: (409)752-2741 Ext. 2225
E-Mail: xzhou@aesrg.tamu.edu
Office Location: TAMUS Headquarter
Education: Ph.D., Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University, 2000
M.S., Plant Pathology, Zhejiang University, 1988
B.S., Plant Protection, Zhejiang University (formerly Zhejiang Agricultural University), 1981

Employment History:

2015 - Present: Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Beaumont, Texas
2009 - 2015: Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Beaumont, Texas
2001 - 2009: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Maryland College Park, Lower Eastern Shore Research and Education Center, Salisbury, Maryland
1996 - 2000: Graduate Research Assistant (Ph.D.), Oklahoma State University, Wes Watkins Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Lane, Oklahoma



Responsibilities:

Research interests are in the epidemiology and management of important diseases in rice, including organic rice. Research activities center on sheath blight, kernel smut, narrow brown leaf spot, bacterial panicle blight, blast, the seedling disease complex, and other diseases important in rice main and ratoon (second harvest) crops in Texas. Research focuses on improving cultivar resistance and chemical control, developing effective biological control methods (biofumigation cover crops, PGPRs, endophytes and other beneficial microorganisms) and exploiting innovative tools such as UAVs for integrated management of rice diseases. The goal of my applied research program is to develop effective and sustainable disease management strategies for rice production.


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Gaire, S., X. G. Zhou, Y.-K. Jo, and J. Shi. 2020. First report of Rhizoctonia solani AG-4 causing seedling disease in rice. Plant Disease 104: https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-07-19-1570-PDN.
Uppala, S., B. Liu, M. Wu, and X. G. Zhou. 2019. Plant-based culture media for improved growth and sporulation of Cercospora janseana. Plant Disease 103:504-508.
Uppala, S. and X. G. Zhou. 2019. Optimum timing of propiconazole to manage narrow brown leaf spot in the main and ratoon crops in Texas. Crop Protection 124: 1-6.
Zhou, X. G. 2019. Sustainable strategies for managing bacterial panicle blight in rice. In: Protecting Rice Grains in the Post-Genomic Era, ed. Yulin Jia, IntechOpen,
DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.84882. Available from: https://www.intechopen.com/books/protecting-rice-grains-in-the-post-genomic-era/sustainable-strategies-for-managing-bacterial-panicle-blight-in-rice.
Shew, A. M., A. Durand-Morat, L. L. Nalley, X. G. Zhou, C. Rojas, and G. Thoma. 2019. Warming increases bacterial panicle blight (Burkholderia glumae) occurrences and impacts on USA rice production. PLoS ONE 14(7): e0219199. Https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0219199.
Cai, N., X. G. Zhou, Y. B. Yang, J. Wang, D. Y. Zhang, and R. J. Hu. 2019. Use of UAV images to assess narrow brown leaf spot severity in rice. Int J. Precis. Agric. Aviat. 2 (2):38-42.
Zhao, X., J. Zhang, D. Zhang, X. G. Zhou, X. Liu, and J. Xiu. 2019. Comparison between the effects of visible light and multispectral sensor based on low-altitude remote sensing platform in the evaluation of rice sheath blight. Spectroscopy and Spectral Analysis 39(4):1191-1198.
Uppala, S. and X. G. Zhou. 2018. Field efficacy of fungicides for management of sheath blight and narrow brown leaf spot of rice. Crop Protection 104: 72-77.
Uppala, S. and X. G. Zhou. 2018. Rice Sheath Blight. The Plant Health Instructor. DOI: 10.1094/PHI-I-2018-0403-01. https://www.apsnet.org/edcenter/disandpath/fungalasco/pdlessons/Pages/RiceSheath.aspx.
Zhang, D., X. G. Zhou, J. Zhang, Y. Lan, C. Xu, and D. Liang. 2018. Detection of rice sheath blight using an unmanned aerial system with high-resolution color and multispectral imaging. PLoS ONE 13(5):e0187470.
Handiseni, M., W. Cromwell, M. Zidek, X. G. Zhou, and Y. K. Jo. 2017. Use of brassicaceous seed meal extracts for managing root-knot nematode in bermudagrass. Nematropica 47: 55-62.
Handiseni, M., X. G. Zhou, and Y. K. Jo. 2017. Soil amendment with Brassica juncea plant tissue reduces sclerotia formation, viability and aggressiveness of Rhizoctonia solani AG1-IA toward rice. Crop Protection 100:77-80.
Handiseni, M., Y. K. Jo, K. M. Lee, and X. G. Zhou. 2016. Screening brassicaceous plants as biofumigants for management of Rhizoctonia solani AGI-IA. Plant Disease 100:758-763.
Dong, H., X. G. Zhou, J. Wang, Y. Xu, and P. Lu. 2015. Myrothecium verrucaria strain X-16, a novel parasitic fungus to Meloidogyne hapla. Biological Control 83:7-12.
Handiseni, M., Y. Jo, and X. G. Zhou. 2015. Integration of brassica cover crop with host resistance and azoxystrobin for management of rice sheath blight. Plant Disease 99: 883-885.
Everts, K. L., D. S. Egel, D. Langston, and X. G. Zhou. 2014. Chemical management of Fusarium wilt of watermelon. Crop Protection 66: 114-119.
Zhou, X. G. 2014. First report of bacterial panicle blight of rice caused by Burkholderia glumae in South Africa. Plant Disease 98:566.
Kumar, K. V. K., S. K. R. Yellareddygari, M. S. Reddy, J. W. Kloepper, K. S. Lawrence, M. E. Miller, H. Sudini, E. C. S. Reddy, X. G. Zhou, and D. E. Groth. 2013.
Ultrastructural studies on the interaction between Bacillus subtilis MBI 600 (Integral®) and the rice sheath blight pathogen, Rhizoctonia solani. Afr. J. Microbiol. Res. 7 (19): 2078-2086.
Kumar, K. V. K., S. K. R. Yellareddygari, M. S. Reddy, J. W. Kloepper, K. S. Lawrence, X. G. Zhou, H. Suddin, and M. E. Miller. 2012. Efficacy of Bacillus subtilis MBI 600 against sheath blight caused by Rhizoctonia solani and on growth and yield of rice. Rice Science 19 (1): 55-63.
Zhou, X. G. and K. L. Everts. 2012. Anthracnose and gummy stem blight are reduced on watermelons grown on a no-till hairy vetch cover crop. Plant Disease 96:431-436.
Zhou, X. G., K. L. Everts, and B. D. Bruton. 2010. Race 3, a new and highly virulent race of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum causing Fusarium wilt in watermelon. Plant Disease 94:92-98.
Zhou, X. G., Tabien, R. E., and Way, M. O. 2010. First report of white leaf streak of rice caused by Mycovellosiella oryzae in Texas. Plant Disease 94:639.
Keinath, A. P., Hassell, R. L., Everts, K. L., and Zhou, X. G. 2010. Cover crops of hybrid common vetch reduce Fusarium wilt of seedless watermelon in the eastern United States. Online. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-2010-0914-01-RS.
Zhou, X. G., Everts, K. L. and Bruton, B. D. 2010. Potential impact of a new highly virulent race of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum in watermelon in the USA. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 871:535-542.
Zhou, X. G., and Everts, K. L. 2008. First report of Alternaria alternate f. sp. cucurbitae causing Alternaria leaf spot of melon in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Plant Disease 92:652.
Zhou, X.G., and Everts, K. L. 2008. Integrated management of gummy stem blight of watermelon by green manure and Melcast-scheduled fungicides. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-2008-1120-01-RS.
Zhou, X. G., and Everts, K. L. 2007. Characterization of a regional population of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum by race, cross pathogenicity, and vegetative compatibility. Phytopathology 97: 461-469.
Zhou, X. G., and Everts, K. L. 2007. Effects of host resistance and inoculum density on the suppression of Fusarium wilt of watermelon induced by hairy vetch. Plant Disease 91:92-96.
Zhou, X.G., and Everts, K. L. 2006. Suppression of Fusarium wilt of watermelon enhanced by hairy vetch green manure and partial cultivar resistance. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-2006-0405-01-RS.
Zhou, X. G., and Everts, K. L. 2004. Suppression of Fusarium wilt of watermelon by soil amendment with hairy vetch. Plant Disease 88:1357-1365.
Zhou, X. G., and Everts, K. L. 2004. Quantification of root and stem colonization of watermelon by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum and its use in evaluating resistance. Phytopathology 94:832-841.
Zhou, X. G., and Everts, K. L. 2003. Races and inoculum density of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum in commercial watermelon fields in Maryland and Delaware. Plant Disease 87:692-698.
Zhou, X. G., and Everts, K. L. 2001. First report of the occurrence of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum race 2 in commercial watermelon-growing areas of Maryland and Delaware. Plant Disease 85:1291.