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Homer D. Wells

Homer Wells

Plant Pathologist
1952-1988

Career Highlights:

Dr. Wells discovered the first biological control of a soil-borne fungus. That biocontrol agent was the fungus Trichoderma harzianum, an organism that has been used world-wide for the control of Southern Blight, Stem Blight, and White Mold. Research on this biocontrol agent continues around the world even today!

Dr. Wells conducted extensive research on lupin, a high-protein legume used for animal feed and human consumption. He developed several varieties and cultivars that expanded growing in Australia from nearly zero to over 1 million acres in 1984. He pioneered a method to produce a virus-free lupin seed. Recognition of that work put him in demand internationally as a speaker.

Awards/Honors:

  • 1987: Southern Division APS Outstanding Plant Pathologist
  • 1990: Awarded Fellow Of The American Phytopathological Society