Jim Kerns

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist of Turfgrass Pathology

Department of Plant Pathology
2578 Thomas Hall/Campus Box 7616
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone: 919.513.4820
Email: jpkerns@ncsu.edu

NC State Turf Pathology


BS: NC State University
MS: Texas A&M University
PhD: NC State University


Present: Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, NC State University, Department of Plant Pathology

2008-2012: Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jim focuses on etiology, epidemiology and management of diseases of both warm- and cool-season grasses. His research program focuses on understanding the biology of ultradwarf bermudagrass diseases, large patch of zoysiagrass, plant parasitic nematodes in turf and diseases of creeping bentgrass. The mission of the program is to provide efficacious and cost effective management strategies to turfgrass managers in NC and beyond. His program also houses the Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab, which is managed by Lee Butler.

Selected Publications

Zeng, Y., W. Ye, Tredway, L.P., S.B. Martin, M. Martin, and J.P. Kerns. 2015. Molecular characterization and phylogenetic relationships of plant-parasitic nematodes associated with turfgrasses in North Carolina and South Carolina, USA. Plant Disease. In Press. 

Ye, W., Y. Zeng, and J. Kerns. 2014. First report of Trichodorus obtusus on turfgrass in North Carolina, USA. Plant Disease. In Press.

Rioux, R.A., J. Shultz, M. Garcia, D.K. Willis, M. Casler, S. Bonos, D. Smith, and J. Kerns. 2014. Sclerotinia homoeocarpa overwinters in turfgrass and is present is commercial seed. PLoS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110897.

Zeng, Y., W. Ye, K. Zhao, Y. Huang, Z. Zhang, and J. Kerns. 2014. Morphological and molecular characterization of two isolates of Paratrichodorus porosus from Shenzhen, China. Helminthologia. 51: 323-330.

Zeng, y., W. Ye, and J. Kerns. 2014. First report and morphological and molecular characterization of Meloidogyne incognita from Radermachera sinica in China. Nematropica 44: 118-129.

Rioux, RA, VanRyzin, BJ, Kerns, JP. 2014. Development of a semi-selective medium for isolation of Sclerotinia homoeocarpa from plant tissues. Can. J. of Plant Pathol. 36: 235-245.

Koch, P.L., J.C. Stier, S.A. Senseman, J. Sobek, and J.P. Kerns. 2013. Modification of a commercially available ELISA kit to determine chlorothalonil and iprodione concentration on golf course turfgrass. Crop Protection. 54: 35-42.

Koch, P.L., and J.P. Kerns. 2012. Resistance of creeping bentgrass cultivars to dollar spot and snow mold. Online. Applied Turfgrass Science doi: 10.1094/ATS-2012-1022-01-RS.