Zachary Noel

Assistant Professor

Entomology & Plant Pathology

(334) 844-1956 


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209 Life Science Building
Auburn Univ. Al 36839



  • Ph.D. Plant Pathology & Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, Michigan State University
  • B.S. Ecological Agriculture, University of Vermont. Distinct Undergraduate Research award recipient


  • October 2020Assistant Professor Auburn University
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate Michigan State University. Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences/Plant Biology


  • American Phytopathological Society (APS)
  • Mycological Society of America (MSA)


Plant health issues growers face within agricultural ecosystems are complex and dynamic. The goal of my research program is to study how agricultural management influence fungal, oomycete, and bacterial diversity and interactions to develop new strategies to promote plant growth and prevent plant diseases. I am particularly interested in studying fungal and oomycete interactions with bacteria at the seed and seedling stage of plant development. I am also interested in understanding how agricultural management systems and inputs alter the complexity and resiliency within microbial communities.




  • Longley, R., Noel, Z.A., Benucci, G.M.N., Chilvers, M.I., Trail, F. and Bonito, G. 2020. Crop Management Impacts the Soybean (Glycine max) Microbiome. Front. Microbiol. 11:1116. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.01116
  • Chilvers, M.I., McCoy A.M., Byrne A.M., Cornett, A.J., Chang, H.X., Noel, Z.A., Koeman S., Effects of fungicides on the management of tar spot of corn in Michigan, 2018. Plant Disease Management Reports: 13:CF016
  • Noel, Z.A., Chang, HX., Chilvers M.I. 2020. Variation in soybean rhizosphere oomycete communities from Michigan fields with contrasting disease pressures. Applied Soil Ecology: 150-13435
  • McCoy, A.G.*, Noel, Z.A.*, Sparks, A., and Chilvers, M.I. 2019. R Code Resource for Pathotype Analysis in Phytophthora Stem and Root Rot of Soybean, Phytophthora sojae. MPMI.
  • McCoy, A.G.*, Roth, M.G.*, Shay, R.*, Noel, Z.A.*, Jayawardana, M. A., Longley, R.W., Bonito, G., and Chilvers, M.I. 2019. Identification of Fungal Communities Within the Tar Spot Complex of Corn in Michigan via Next Generation Sequencing. Phytobiomes 3:235-243
  • Roth, M.G., Noel, Z.A., Wang, J., Byrne, A.M., Chilvers, M.I. 2019. Assessment and utilization of risk factors in predicting soybean yield and sudden death syndrome development. Phytopathology. 109: 1710:1719
  • Noel, Z.A., Sang, H., Roth, M.G., Chilvers, M.I. 2019. Convergent evolution of C239S mutation in Pythium spp. β-tubulin coincides with inherent insensitivity to ethaboxam and implications for other Peronosporalean oomycetes. Phytopathology. 10.1094/PHYTO-01-19-0022-R
  • Noel, Z.A., Rojas, A.J., Jacobs, J.L., Chilvers, M.I. 2019. A high-throughput microtiter fungicide sensitivity phenotyping platform for oomycetes using Z’-factor statistic.Phytopathology 109: 1628-1637
  • Rojas, J. A., Witte, A., Noel, Z. A., Jacobs, J. L., and Chilvers, M. I. 2019. Diversity and characterization of oomycetes associated with corn seedlings in Michigan. Phytobiomes 3:224-234
  • Chang, H-X., Noel, Z.A., Sang, H., Chilvers, M.I. 2018. Annotation resource of tandem repeat-containing effectors in fifty fungi. Fungal Genetics and Biology 119:7-19
  • Noel, Z. A., Wang, J., and Chilvers, M. I. 2018. Significant influence of EC50 estimation by model choice and EC50 type. Plant Disease 102:708–714
  • Noel, Z.A., Bradshaw, T.L., Kingsley-Richards, S., Berkett, L.P. 2015. Efficacy of Natural Resistance of ‘Honeycrisp’ Apples to Reduce Fungicide Applications for Venturia inaequalis, 2012-2013. Plant Disease Management Reports 9:PF004