Department of Crop Sciences
Darin Eastburn
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Darin Eastburn

Associate Professor Emeritus
64 National Soybean Res Ctr
1101 West Peabody Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-9632

Primary Disciplines


BA. 1981. Botany. Humboldt State University
MS. 19883. Plant Pathology. University of California, Davis
PhD. 1986. Plant Pathology. University of California, Davis

Research Areas

Current research is focused on the epidemiology of soilborne diseases and the biology of soilborne fungal plant pathogens, including the effects of biotic and abiotic environmental factors on disease development and the population biology of soilborne fungi. Research projects include the interaction of Fusarium virguliforme with soybean root systems, using cover crops to induce disease suppressive soils, and the effect of climate change factors on soybean disease development. Additional research efforts include the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects for evaluation of teaching methods in graduate and undergraduate plant pathology courses.


Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Teaching Honors

Karl E. Gardner Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor
NACTA Teacher Fellow

Other Honors and Awards

ACES Faculty Achievement Award for Extension

Journal Articles

Eastburn, D. M. and W. D. Gubler. 1990. Strawberry anthracnose: detection and survival of Colletotrichum acutatum in soil. Plant Disease 74:161-163.
Eastburn, D. M. and E. E. Butler. 1991. Effects of soil moisture and temperature the saprophytic ability of Trichoderma harzianum. Mycologia 83:257-263.
Eastburn, D. M. 1991. The first report of septoria fruit and leaf spot, caused by Septoria cucurbitacearum, on Cucurbita moschata in Illinois. Plant Disease 75:1286.
Eastburn, D. M. and W. D. Gubler. 1992. Effects of soil moisture and temperature on the survival of Colletotrichum acutatum. Plant Disease 76:841-842
Pataky, J. K. and D. M. Eastburn. 1993. The use of disease nurseries and yield loss studies to determine levels of resistance necessary to manage diseases of sweet corn. Plant Disease 77:760-765.
Pataky, J. K. and D. M. Eastburn. 1993. Comparing partial resistance to Puccinia sorghi and applications of fungicides for controlling common rust on sweet corn. Phytopathology 83:1046-1051.
Chang, R. J. and D. M. Eastburn. 1994. Host range and pathogenicity of isolates of Verticillium dahliae from horseradish. Plant Disease 78:503-506.
Eastburn, D. M. and R.J. Chang. 1994. Verticillium dahliae: A causal agent of root discoloration of horseradish in Illinois. Plant Disease 78:496-498.
Bottenberg, H., J. B. Masiunas, C. E. Eastman, and D. M. Eastburn. 1997. The impact of rye cover crops on weeds, insects, and diseases in snap bean cropping systems. J. Sustainable Agriculture 9:131-155.
Bottenberg, H., J. Masiunas, C. Eastman, and D. M. Eastburn. 1997. Weed management effects on insects and diseases of cabbage and snapbean. HortTechnology 7:400-403.
Bottenberg, H., J. B. Masiunas, C. E. Eastman, and D. M. Eastburn. 1997. Yield and quality constraints of cabbage planted in rye mulch. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture 14:323-342.
Masiunas, J. B., D. M. Eastburn, V. N. Mwaja, and C. E. Eastman. 1997. The impact of living and cover crop mulch systems on pests and yields of snap beans and cabbage. J. Sustainable Agriculture 9:61-89.
Atibalentja, N., and D. M. Eastburn. 1997. Identification of sources of resistance to Verticillium dahliae from the University of Illinois horseradish germplasm collection. Plant Disease - in press.
Atibalentja, N. and D. M. Eastburn. 1997. Evaluation of inoculation methods for screening horseradish cultivars for resistance to Verticillium dahliae. Plant Disease 81:356-362.
Atibalentja, N., and D. M. Eastburn. 1998. Verticillium dahliae Resistance in Horseradish Germ Plasm from the University of Illinois Collection. Plant Disease 82:176-180.
Dal Soglio, F., K., B. L. Bertagnolli, J. B. Sinclair, and D. M. Eastburn. 1998. Production of chitinolytic enzymes and endoglucanase in the soybean rhizosphere in the presence of Trichoderma harzianum and Rhizoctonia solani. Biological Control 12:111-117.
Hobbs, H.A., Eastburn, D.M., D'Arcy, C.J., Kindhart, J.D., Masiunas, J.B., Voegtlin, D.J., Weinzierl, R.A., and McCoppin, N.K. 2000. Solanaceous weeds as possible virus sources in southern Illinois for aphid transmission of cucumber mosaic virus to pepper. Plant Disease 84:1221-1224.
Khan, A., N. Atibalentja, and D. M. Eastburn. 2000. Influence of inoculum density of Verticillium dahliae on root discoloration of horseradish. Plant Disease 84:309-315.
D'Arcy, C. J., D. M. Eastburn, and G. L. Schumann. 2001. Illustrated Glossary of Plant Pathology. The Plant Health Instructor. DOI:10.1094/PHI I 2001 0219 01
D'Arcy, C. J., Eastburn, D.M., Bruce, B.C. 2002. PPP: Plants, Pathogens, and People. A Web Site to Improve Student Awareness of Agriculture. The Plant Health Instructor. DOI: 10.1094/PHI-T-2002-0514-01.
Ortiz-Ribbing, L. M., and Eastburn, D. M. 2003. Evaluation of digital image acquisition methods for determining soybean root characteristics. Online. Crop Management doi:10.1094/CM-2003-0702-01-RS.
Alan Walters, Jeffrey D. Kindhart, Houston A. Hobbs, and Darin M. Eastburn. 2003. Viruses Associated with Cucurbit Production in Southern Illinois. HortScience 38:65-66.
David, M., Swiader, J. Williams, K, Eastburn, D. 2003. Nitrogen nutrition, but not potassium, affects powdery mildew development in Hiemalis begonia. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 2003, 26:159-176.
Ortiz-Ribbing, L. M., and Eastburn, D. M. 2004. Soybean root systems and sudden death syndrome severity: Taproot and lateral root infection. Plant Dis. 88: 1011-1016.
Bruce, B. C., Dowd, H., Eastburn, D. M., D'Arcy, C. J. 2005. Plants, Pathogens, and People: Extending the Classroom to the Web. Teachers College Record 107:1730-1753.
D'Arcy, C. J., Eastburn, D. M., Mullally, K. 2007. Effective Use of a Personal Response System in a General Education Plant Pathology Class. The Plant Health Instructor. DOI: 10.1094/PHI-T-2007-0315-07.
D'Arcy, C. J., Eastburn, D. M., Bruce, B. C. 2009. How Media Ecologies Can Address Diverse Student Needs. College Teaching 57:546-63.
Eastburn D. M., DeGennaro M. M., DeLucia E. H., Dermody O., McElrone A. J. 2010. Elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide and ozone alter soybean diseases at SoyFACE. Global Change Biology 16:320-30.
Eastburn, D. M., McElrone, A. J., and Bilgin, D. D. 2011. Influence of atmospheric and climatic change on plantâ€"pathogen interactions. Plant Pathology 60:54â€"69
Marvelli, R.A., Hobbs, H.A., Li, S., McCoppin, N.K., Domier, L.L., Hartman, G.L., Eastburn, D.M., 2013. Identification of novel double-stranded RNA mycoviruses of Fusarium virguliforme and evidence of their effects on virulence. Arch. Virol.
Marzano, et al. 2014. Organic amendment and transitional cropping system effects on crop diseases. Agronomy Journal. (in press)

Contributed Chapters

Eastburn, D. M. 1996. Solarize soil. In 57 Ways to Protect Your Home Environment (And Yourself), Rick Weinzierl et al., editors. North Central Regional Extension Publication 583.
Eastburn, D. M. 1997. Chapter on Puccinia sorghi, in Crop Protection Compendium - Module 1, a book on CD ROM, CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon, UK.
Eastburn, D. M. 1999. Diseases caused by fungi. Compendium of Corn Diseases, Third Edition. APS Press.
Eastburn, D. M., and Paul, V. H. 2002. Verticillium Section for Compendium of Diseases of Cruciferous Crops. APS Press.
Eastburn, D. M. and D'Arcy, C. J. 2010. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Projects in Plant Pathology. In Plant Pathology in the 21st Century: Contributions to the 9th International Congress. Volume 4, Knowledge and Technology Transfer for Plant Pathology. Editors: Nigel Hardwick and M.Lodovica Gullino. Springer.

Other Publications

Video Presentation: Eastburn, D. M. and CJ D'Arcy. 1996. Late blight and the Irish potato famine. APS Press.
Video Presentation: Eastburn, D. M., L. A. McKee, and C. J. D'Arcy. 2000. Dutch elm disease and the American elm. APS Press.
Video Presentation: Eastburn, D. M. 2008. American Phytopathological Society, Centennial Oral History Project. Distributed by APS Press.

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