Dr. Pierson's areas of research include plant-microbe interactions, biological control, and sustainable agriculture. She also conducts research related to zebra chip disease of potato, microbe-insect interactions, and terrestrial plant ecology. She teaches the undergraduate course Garden Science and the graduate course Plant-associated Microorganisms, which is available to students in three different graduate programs. Dr. Pierson is active in graduate education, currently serving as a member of the Horticultural Sciences Graduate Program Committee and the MEPS admissions committee and as the advisor for the Horticulture Graduate Council. She also serves as a chair or member of graduate research committees and provides undergraduate laboratory research experience.

education and training
selected publications
Academic Articles73
  • Pan, H., Pierson, L. S., & Pierson, E. A. (2020). PcsR2 Is a LuxR-Type Regulator That Is Upregulated on Wheat Roots and Is Unique to Pseudomonas chlororaphis.. Front Microbiol. 11, 560124.
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  • Yuan, P., Pan, H., Boak, E. N., Pierson, L. S., & Pierson, E. A. (2020). Phenazine-Producing Rhizobacteria Promote Plant Growth and Reduce Redox and Osmotic Stress in Wheat Seedlings Under Saline Conditions.. Front Plant Sci. 11, 575314.
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  • Mahmoudi, T. R., Yu, J. M., Liu, S., Pierson, L. S., & Pierson, E. A. (2019). Drought-Stress Tolerance in Wheat Seedlings Conferred by Phenazine-Producing Rhizobacteria.. Front Microbiol. 10(JULY), 1590.
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  • Jochum, M. D., McWilliams, K. L., Borrego, E. J., Kolomiets, M. V., Niu, G., Pierson, E. A., & Jo, Y. (2019). Bioprospecting Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria That Mitigate Drought Stress in Grasses.. 10, 2106.
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  • Jochum, M. D., McWilliams, K. L., Pierson, E. A., & Jo, Y. (2019). Host-mediated microbiome engineering (HMME) of drought tolerance in the wheat rhizosphere.. 14(12), e0225933-e0225933.
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  • Pierson, E. A., Wang, D., & Pierson III, L. S (2013). Roles and Regulation of Phenazines in the Biological Control Strain Pseudomonas chlororaphis 30-84. Microbial Phenazines. 141-162. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
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  • Wang, N., Pierson, E. A., Setubal, J. C., Xu, J., Levy, J. G., Zhang, Y., ... Martins, J. The Candidatus Liberibacter-Host Interface: Insights into Pathogenesis Mechanisms and Disease Control.. Annual Review of Phytopathology. ANNUAL REVIEW OF PHYTOPATHOLOGY, VOL 55. 451-482. Annual Reviews.
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Conference Papers14
  • Antony-Babu, S., Dasgupta, A., Boak, E., & Pierson, E. A (2020). Fusarium cotton wilt pathogen Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. vasinfectum race 4 (FOV4) supports a diverse aerobic and anaerobic bacterium on its hyphae. PHYTOPATHOLOGY. 110(12), 92-92.
  • Pierson, E. A. (2017). Zebra chip, what we know and where are we headed. 107(12), 160-160.
  • Levy, J. G., Scheuring, D., Koym, J., Ravindran, A., Henne, D., Pierson, E. A., & Miller, C. J. (2014). Time-course of Zebra Chip symptoms in potato tubers and correlation between sprouting and bacterial titer in seed potatoes. 104(11), 68-68.
  • Levy, J. G., Ravindran, A., Gross, D. C., Tamborindeguy, C., & Pierson, E. A. (2013). Advances in the detection of 'Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum', the causative agent of potato zebra chip disease. 103(6), 79-79.
chaired theses and dissertations
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Texas A&M University; Horticultural Sciences; 2133 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2133