The TAES plant pathology program in Amarillo/Bushland, lead by Dr. Charlie Rush, was initiated in 1986 to conduct research on economically damaging diseases of crops produced in the Texas Panhandle. Currently the lab is composed of three post docs, three technicians, and several graduate students and student workers from West Texas A&M University. Major research projects, all funded by external competitive grants, include ecology and epidemiology of karnal bunt, remote sensing to differentiate between biotic and abiotic stresses, management of sorghum ergot, and genomic variability among Benyviruses. Although Dr. Rush has no official extension responsibilities, his lab has provided plant disease diagnostic services since the lab's inception, and recently they have established a satellite diagnostic laboratory to the Great Plains Regional Diagnostic Laboratory at Kansas State University, part of the Homeland Security Plant Disease Diagnostic Network. Dr. Rush's lab is the only USDA-APHIS approved Karnal Bunt Quarantine Research Lab in the Southern Great Plains, and as such, provides a phytosanitary seed certification service that allows Texas producers to sale seed wheat outside of the state.
- Szczepaniec, A., Varela, K. A., Kiani, M., Paetzold, L., & Rush, C. M. (2019). Incidence of resistance to neonicotinoid insecticides in Bactericera cockerelli across Southwest U.S.. CROP PROTECTION. 116, 188-195.
- Workneh, F., Paetzold, L. i., Silva, A., Johnson, C., Rashed, A., Badillo-Vargas, I., Gudmestad, N. C., & Rush, C. M. (2018). Assessments of Temporal Variations in Haplotypes of 'Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum' and Its Vector, the Potato Psyllid, in Potato Fields and Native Vegetation. ENVIRONMENTAL ENTOMOLOGY. 47(5), 1184-1193.
- Rashed, A., Olsen, N., Wallis, C. M., Paetzold, L., Woodell, L., Rashidi, M., Workneh, F., & Rush, C. M. (2018). Postharvest development of â€˜Candidatus liberibacter solanacearumâ€™ in late-season infected potato tubers under commercial storage conditions. Plant Disease. 102(3), 561-568.
- Wallis, C. M., Rashed, A., Workneh, F., Paetzold, L., & Rush, C. M. (2017). Effects of Holding Temperatures on the Development of Zebra Chip Symptoms, â€˜Candidatus Liberibacter Solanacearumâ€™ Titers, and Phenolic Levels in â€˜Red La Sodaâ€™ and â€˜Russet Norkotahâ€™ Tubers. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POTATO RESEARCH. 94(4), 334-341.
- Workneh, F., Rush, C. M., O Shaughnessy, S., & Evett, S. (2017). Relationships between early wheat streak mosaic severity levels and grain yield: Implications for management decisions. Plant Disease. 101(9), 1621-1626.
- O'Shaughnessy, S. A., Evett, S. R., Andrade, A., Workneh, F., Price, J. A., & Rush, C. M. (2015). Site-specific variable rate irrigation as a means to enhance water use efficiency. 78-97.
- Leskovar, D. I., Agehara, S., Jifon, J., Crosby, K., Rush, C., & Ban, S. G. (2011). Foliar ABA sprays controlled growth and improved survival and desiccation tolerance of vegetable transplants. PROCEEDINGS OF THE IVTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ROSE RESEARCH AND CULTIVATION. 898, 237-244.
- Jones, D. C., & Rush, C. M. (2006). Wheat disease survey of the Texas panhandle using Landsat Thematic Mapper imagery. 222-225.
- Balota, M., Rush, C. M., Payne, W. A., & Lazar, M. D. (2005). The effect of take-all disease on gas-exchange rates and biomass in two winter wheat lines with different drought response. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2017 EURO-ASIA CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENT AND CSR: TOURISM, SOCIETY AND EDUCATION SESSION, PT I. 275(1-2), 337-348.